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JOHN CARLSON
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4/20/14 8:45 PM CST
Looks like most of the Chain Of Lakes should be ice free by the opener of fishing on May 3rd. Ice out is progressing fine right now with a major channel open from the mouth of the Elk river thru Duroy, Elk and into Long, Most of the Narrow spots in Long Lake opening or soon will be. Soo Lake also has a lot of open water right now. The other lakes in the area are progressing a little slower but there still is a chance of them opening with 50 degree temps and rain in the forecast.

Some fishermen are reporting catches of Redhorse Suckers in the North and South forks of the Flambeau, Next week Saturday Big Bear will be hosting a Redhorse Tournament and the first ever Price County Walleyes for Tomorrow Banquet will be held in Phillips.

Kind of a short report but we're less then 2 weeks away from the opener and hopefully some great fishing reports.

Pictured is the Narrows area of Soo Lake from Brumley's Resort.

JOHN CARLSON
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4/18/14 5:18 PM CST
There is a boat on the Chain!!!! Right now there is a channel open from the Hwy H bridge thru Elk and into Long to where the guy that works on outboards place is. There is about a 70 yard spot that needs to open up and there would be one channel from the mouth of the Elk River in Duroy all the way to Long....... Things are happening even with the little delay from the cold and snow!!!!!

Pictures are from 10am and a lot has changed since then.

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4/17/14 3:09 PM CST
Thanks John! I'm hoping to get up there next weekend. One of the latest cabin openings I ever had. Hoping to see open water by then. Big Smile

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4/17/14 2:57 PM CST
Ken, From what I heard it came up a little but they don't want to fill it until the ice is off the lake to prevent big chunks of Ice from damaging shoreline.

By the end of the weekend if not sooner you will be able to put a boat in at the Elk Lake Landing, you might not be able to go very far but its a start. The picture that I attached is from the HWY H Bridge 3 days ago.

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4/17/14 2:39 PM CST
The winter that just keeps giving! Has anyone been down Musser way? Is the lake filling yet?

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4/17/14 2:33 PM CST
OK - so we got pounded with another 10" or so of heavy wet snow! But the current in the river is really strong, and I see a lot of 50's and 60's in the forecast for next week.

We should see a lot of run off, and hopefully the open water will pop later next week on the chain. We'll keep you posted, hopefully we get open water a week before opener this year!

Think Spring!


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4/10/14 8:38 AM CST
The ice on the Chain is taking a beating with this warmer weather so if you plan on fishing anytime after the next couple of days you might want to call ahead for an up to date ice report.

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4/10/14 8:36 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report!!! With the warm weather and rain in the forecast this might just be the last week of safe ice conditions on area lakes, We have had a lot of snow melt run off and shoreline areas are starting to open up. You can also see holes opening up in the local flowages in the high current areas such as narrows and bridges.

Crappie and Bluegill are still hitting well, The Crappie are getting active and starting to suspend higher in the water column. Plastics, Waxies and Minnows are all working well for Crappie right now. Bluegill are tight to mud bottom areas and hitting tungsten jigs tipped with waxies.

Over the weekend Ross's Sport Shop teamed up with ST Croix Rods and the Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation to take some Purple Heart Vets on an ice fishing outing. Friday the fishermen braved the wind and snow on a local lake and iced a few Crappie, Saturday morning they hit the ice again for a few hours and did well on a mixed bag of Crappie, Bluegill, and Perch. Pictured are 2 of the WWIA Purple Heart Vets with the fish that they caught on Saturday.

Special thanks to Dave Carlson from Ross's Sport Shop, Ron DeLasky, and Jeff Crockett of ST Croix Rods for everything you did on Friday and Saturday for the Vets!!!!

JOHN CARLSON
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4/2/14 2:40 PM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report. This is one winter that is ready for the books, with the heavy snow and slush conditions on the lakes combined with the severe cold weather ice fishing and many other outdoor activities were put on hold for the last 3 months. But now it's time to enjoy the next couple of weeks of late ice fishing.

As the weather warms and snow melts a fresh supply of water loaded with oxygen enters the lakes. The warm oxygen rich water triggers fish into a feeding frenzy. Caution must be taken at this time of the season and only foot traffic is recommended. The running water can erode ice quickly and I recommend staying away from heavy run off areas also take caution when fishing flowages like we have in our area, there is a lot of water moving under the ice as well and the ice can be eroded from underneath showing little sign of danger above.

The Game Fish season is closed in all the lakes and rivers of Price County but fishermen can still fish for panfish and rough fish, Crappie and Bluegill are the most sought after fish and are starting to bite well. Crappie are still in their winter pattern so look for them to be suspended in the deeper basin areas of the lakes, I like using larger heavy lures at this time. The heavy lure falls faster so I can get down to the hungry active fish fast, I also like my lure to be larger because I like to target the bigger fish. I like using larger tungsten jigs with plastic or #6 Ratsos. This is also a good time to set out a couple of Deadsticks or Tip-Downs with a minnow as bait.

Bluegills are starting to make the move from the deeper areas of the lakes to the mid depth ranges, look for them in 8 to 15 foot mud flats and around wood structure. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes, or plastics always seem to entice a hungry gill into eating. Here too you want a heavy jig to get down to active fish fast. When the bite is on the fish don't seem to mind the heavier weigh jigs at all.

This past Sunday I went fishing with my Dad for the first time this winter, We went out looking for some bigger Crappie and we found some. The fish I'm holding in the picture fell victim to a #6 orange Ratso.

Good luck on the ice and be safe!!!!

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1/13/14 12:24 PM CST
Hey John, missed seeing you at the Muskie Show and talking about my favorite place in the world, Phillips! See ya in the spring! Smile

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1/13/14 11:40 AM CST
Phillips WI Area Fishing Report 1/13/14

It was a great weekend to be outdoors with the warm temps, but the fish didn't cooperate quite as well as the weather. Fishermen were still able to catch fish but like most times the high pressure system bite was a tough one.

We did have some good reports of Northern Pike action, Look for the pike near the shallow weedy areas that you found them in the summer in around 4 to 6 feet of water. If you are fishing in the weeds set a large golden shiner on a tip-up right above the weeds, out in open water I like to set a few sets about a foot under the ice and then some a little deeper. Remember a Northern Pike is built to feed up, it's eyes are right on the top of it's head so you need to have your bait above or right in front of them for best results.

Walleye action was spotty with some anglers reporting some good action while other were slow, I was fishing next to a group of 3 anglers on Sunday and they has some good flag action the last 45 minutes of the day and ended up taking home some nice eater walleye. I was set up next to them in an old river channel targeting Crappie, I was using dead sticks with minnows and caught a few on them, I was also using a glow shrimp and had some good action right at dark and into dark on it catching a mixed bag of Walleye and Crappie on it. The walleye were small but on an Ultra Light St. Croix Legend Ice Rod even the 12" walleyes put up a nice little fight.

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12/31/13 11:59 AM CST
Thanks John FYI sent you a PM A-ron

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12/31/13 6:34 AM CST
Phillips Area Fishing Report (This is the report that I do for local papers and internet sites)

Saturday I had the pleasure of Crappie fishing with the Jablonski Family from the Johnson Creek WI area. The warm temps allowed us to break out of the ice shacks for the day and set a spread of Tip-Downs and hole hop with our electronics. The day started out slow but things broke loose in the mid afternoon for us as we had a flurry of action to the time we picked up at dark. If you have never fished with Tip-Downs they are a deadly tool that work best in warmer weather. Tip-Downs are simply a rod balanced on a wood or plastic stand that tip when a fish pulls on the line. They allow you to set a bigger spread and easily watch it. Most of our fish came while we were hole hopping with our electronics, we would walk from hole to hole and when we spotted a suspended fish we would drop our bait (Custom Jig and Spins Shrimpo) down to the fish and work it until it ate or left the area. The fish were biting super light and a good ice rod was key, the St Croix Legend Ice is my go to rod but a good spring bobber like the Frabill Titanium Spring Bobber can make most rods work well. Set the Spring Bobber so the weight of the jig just pulls the bobber down at a slight angle, when a Crappie comes up and eats your lure the Spring Bobber will either hop up a little or go down indicating a bite and that you should set the hook.

Other area Anglers were reporting a good walleye bite with couple of fish in the 5 to 7 pound range, Northern Pike anglers are also catching some nice fish, the action isn't as fast as normal but the size of the fish is making the wait between flags worth it. There is a lot of ice on the lakes but there is also a lot of snow on top of it. ATV and 4x4 truck travel is getting tough on some parts of the lakes where the wind has piled the snow up. There is also a good amount of slush on some of the lakes that you need to watch out for. Best advice from me is if your driving something with wheels on it stay on the beaten path and walk new areas first so you don't get stuck.

Pictured is Jenny Jablonski with a nice crappie caught on a tip down Saturday while fishing with Ross's Sport Shop guide John Carlson, Also pictured is Kaylee Jablonski who was easily catching fish while hole hopping after a short lesson on reading electronics with Ross's Sport Shop guide John Carlson.

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12/30/13 9:34 PM CST
John I am coming up in a few weeks anything going on any of the area lakes.

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12/27/13 9:11 AM CST
Guys are getting stuck!!! If you stay where people have gone ATV travel isn't too bad. If you get off the broken trail it's pretty rough going in some areas. I will be heading out on long today and will post a report later.

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