Sundays wind turned Tuesday into fishing day. 11 til 1:45, fished offold boat landing in 7 to 10 feet of water. Pretty clear water conditions, not much current as dam was just open a trickle, maybe not so later this week. Moved several times, switched up the lure size/type, all fish right down on bottom. Shiner, 5 gills and couple of smaller crappies were the results. Waxworm and vertical jig seemed best but you needed to draw them in with a spoon or cicada type bait then switch back to jig setup. Not many people out but still driving on. Ice races on Dexter this Sunday weather permitting. Am thinking this lake getting to be an early or late bite,may have to set the alarm or get light setup rigged for shack. Know there are nice fish in here, just haven't found the right spot or setup. Still a good time. Even got buzzed by a couple of fighter jets, fish activity on locator actually picked up. Next time think I'll put out 2 tipdowns and jig too. Sooner or later......
Does anyone know how the tournament went? Haven't fished the lake in years and I am wondering if there are any Pike that still swim here. I know they can be caught below the damn on the river. Just wondering if they still successfully spawn in the lake.
Also wondering about Walleye? I have caught 1 very small one over ten years ago. Just curious about the overall current state of the lake.
MOON PHASE (98%)
21° - 25° F
MOON PHASE (25%)
31° - 35° F
Foggy ride down, fished from 12 to 4. Slush/water on ice, had to walk through some 8 inch deep water by old boat landing to get on ice. Atvs out on ice, no cars/trucks that I saw. Not that many people fishing. Bit of current in 10 feet of water to left of old boat landing. Not as many old holes open with the warm weather as I thought there would be. Gills bit pretty good but lot of small ones. Lost a nice crappie right at hole when it got wrapped around transducer cord. Got bit off once, broke off by what looked like a carp. Ended up sticking with one hole the whole time, pretty much always had fish down by bottom. 1/2 waxworm seemed to work better than whole one; more scent? White vertical jig seemed best in what I threw at 'em. Figured I had about 20 gills laying on ice next to shack when I come to go......but here close to my shack was an open hole.....think some self released. 9 was enough for a nice meal anyway. Nothing real big, but nice clean fish. None with black spots/grubs in them. Ice cleats and cross country ski poles really helped walking out and back. Need some cold weather for better ice conditions.....
36° - 40° F
Too nice of weather to work, figured I'd sneak down to Dexter....looked like many with that same idea, parking by old boat landing almost full. Lot of people on ice, no vehicles that I saw. Fished in 10 ft water, lots of fish, mostly small, couple of nicer gills but no keeping today. Red or orange bait color seemed best for me. Talked to buddy who went earlier in day, he said white; guy right by landing with bucket of nice fish orange/yellow jig with yellow plastic so go figure. Very slippery with no snow, good cleats a must, my cross country ski poles worked great. Sucks to get old and gimpy but it is what it is. Fishing contest down here on Feb 5th.
MOON PHASE (11%)
26° - 30° F
2nd visit to dexter,made it a bit further off landing this time. More people out fishing, parking area not plowed but passable. 3 inches packed snow on ice, not slippery but you could see some snowmobile tracks where there was water on top of the ice. Thanks to whomever fished the area between old landing and point to the left of it earlier in day there were quite a few holes already cut. Fish on bottom (not lots) tried several bait/color combos before any action. Orange vertical with flappers / 1/2 waxworm seemed the best. Perch, crappies and gills; pretty small for the most part. Kept a 11" & 8" crappie, probably caught 20 fish total in 4 hour period. No agressive bites, spring bobber / light line( 2 or 3 #, actually sewing thread) and small baits inside shack out of wind helped see bite, more like a subtle bump mostly. Plastic did not seem effective today. I fished basically during Packer game, others said earlier 9/9:30 gill bite then just shut off. No vehicles what so ever out on ice, no one fishing down off pine point towards bridge. Not great fishing but still had a good time. Woody Eckes
MOON PHASE (92%)
Got out this morning for a few hours. Ice was 4 inches where I fished, about 50 yards off shore by old boat landing. I did find a spot where it was 3 inches. Spud bar would be a good idea for a little while.
Fishing was a little slow, lots of small crappies, perch and gills. Managed some keepers with a 11" perch in there. Nice to finally be out.
Good luck, be safe!