Delta-Dummond Area, Bayfield County
MOON PHASE (1%)
I caught 60-70 fish to be able to keep 8 for a meal for my wife and I. The ones I kept were 9-10". Cookie cutter size I tossed back were 6".
You'll catch quite a few little pike doing this as well.
You'll only be able to keep up with one rod each so don't bother doing what I did and use slip bobbers. I couldn't keep up with two rods which points out the fact I would've done just as well with a slip bobber and crappie minnow.
Also, Texas rigged Senkos in 6'-10' of water will catch you some nice bass and pike.
Have fun! Chris
MOON PHASE (81%)
The two lakes we fished had anywhere from 6-14" of ice, but the bottom few inches was very honeycombed and the top inch was pretty soft as your auger would bury right through with ease. Conditions were perfect for covering lots of water and drilling lots of holes. Gills and crappies were on a rip, took home a one man limit both fri and saturday, but didn't find anything big. Gills 7-8.5" and crappies 10-11". Everything was caught using B-Y Baits plastics on tungsten jigs, even a few nice bass and northern caught by accident were quickly released. Looked like most fish had vacated the main basin in search of shallower, warmer water. We found a lot of gills and crappies in 6-8' of water.
Public Service Message: If risking your life for a bluegill is so great, please, for the sake of your family and emergency crews, wear floatation devices!
This is 2 years in a row that area men have drown while ice fishing.
SO...somebody please hook me up with some reports. My jealousy will be closer to admiration.
Tuning Forks, we will see you at the Fishin Chicks outing on January 17th. Don't forget, I'll be bringing bloody mary mix, steaks, and poppers. Can't wait to hang with you!
Anybody interested in the Fishin Chicks outing, it's for a great cause and is a great time. I wrote about it last year at this time if you want more information, look below.
Tight Lines, Chris (P.S. Dave...I'm at work right now)
MOON PHASE (61%)
26° - 30° F
With that said, there is a culvert where the discharge current never freezes and a few spots on shorelines, 10' to the right of my dock for instance that stay open as well...I have otters come out by my dock. I don't know if the ice got soft with the weight of the snow or what...
There are people driving on the lake. I promise I will get the scoop and report about it when I return. Safety first.
We had planned on having a memorial ice fisheree there this weekend, however might move to Lake Delta just because of this accident.
New Year's Eve, I had friends build an igloo in front of my cabin and sleep in it when it was -18 at night. They're crazy, and alcohol might have been at play here, but they did this about 40 yards from where my shore is "soft" and had plenty of ice.