Anyone been out on balsam recently? How is the walleye fishing on this lake?
MOON PHASE (95%)
26° - 30° F
Managed to find a spot where I wasn't crowding anyone or blocking tipups about 100 yards from where I've been catching fish, but about 2 feet deeper. Camera down, only saw one bass and a school of small perch over 2 hours. Drilled out a little deeper and found the perch nursery.
Moved in shallower and immediately caught a nice gill, moved everything and set up there and that was the last fish caught.
Can't blame it on the contest - last year was out there during it as well, more people, more noise, and you couldn't keep 3 tipups going for long. This year I wasted $12 on minnows.
Could it be the Super Full Blue Blood moon affecting the bite?
MOON PHASE (6%)
16° - 20° F
Tried Balsam a couple times in the past 10 days. Had the camera down, fish are there, just very tight-lipped. Schools of bass mixed with bluegills moving through, very few biters. Occasional northern and perch came through.
Small lures worked best, caught a dozen bass on teardrop/waxie, only 3 on tipup with small shiners. 8-12 FOW.
No size limit on those bass, 5 per day. Kept 9 in the 13-15" range, coming out of cold water they fried up and tasted like something I'd pay for in a restaurant. Mix of Shore Lunch Beer Batter with some Cajun added for a kick.
Anyone have an update on the ice thickness after all this warm weather?
I've heard of vehicles going through on 3 different lakes recently, but I'm not sure if it was a matter of the thick ice thinning down, or people driving in areas where there already was thin ice.
MOON PHASE (38%)
21° - 25° F
Fished point off east end of Big Island on 1/2/17. Caught about 10 Perch in 25 Feet of water.
3-4 Tip up flags went up in shallower water with nothing home.