Lots of action on today on tip ups steady flags from 9-5. 9 bass 6 over 15" one over 20" . Northern were all 25-30" I think we got more than 10 lost count.
MOON PHASE (26%)
Tried Dexter again. Simply because we know the lake and brother just bought panoptix livescope. What a game changer!!
Searched a huge part of the lake within a few hours. Found fish here and there. But then the lake became alive. Fish everywhere and this continued all day!!
Caught 100+ crappie & gills. Not the typical Dexter size either. Lots of thick gills over 9". Crappie ranged from 8-11+
Can't wait to explore done other lakes now. Watch out Petenwell eyes/crappie.
See you out there
MOON PHASE (57%)
31° - 35° F
Had old boat landing area all to ourselves this morning. Only one other shack (empty) out on ice. Little wet by shore getting on. Fished/hole hopped down towards point by new boat landing. Two men in a one man shack, tight but doable. Palm rods with spring bobbers, vertical jigs; my son had best luck on black with metalflake/waxworm, I did best with glow white/green/spikes. Got schooled even though fishing with locator. 10 feet of water(vexilar feet, I don't think quite that deep.... Kept 6 fish, 3 gills, 2 perch and 1 crappie; no big ones but edible size. Lot of water on ice when we arrived 9ish, when we left was freezing. Also water swirling in holes, drove away on 54 past dam, lot of water going through, shoreline off ice by old boat landing ice broke, still accessible, cleats/spikes recommended. All fish down by bottom, no high riders. Moved once, Lot of open creeks/water on way down, was lots better than I expected. Woody Eckes
MOON PHASE (79%)
Tuesday 12/24 8"+ in the channel.
Started off the west shore. Early caught some nice 12+ crappie & small perch. Bite slowed after a few hours, moved east to the flat and caught a good number of crappie & perch some gills. Tried the river itself with lots of lookers but only a small bass and perch.
Not a bad day for dexter all in all. This fishery (especially bass) sure has taken a hit ever since I reported to the dnr that fish were coming up dead 2 years back. They promised after testing they would let me know what caused this but even after a dozen plus calls they refuse to call back.
Hmmm they wonder why people won't help them.
MOON PHASE (92%)
21° - 25° F
Below 40° F
First time out. 4 inches of ice along shore to point by new boat landing.....but you could see further out and where there was more current not so much ice. No snow on ice. Parking lot opened up to access old boat landing. 3 other anglers out while I was there, tough buggers right out in the wind. 7 or 8 turns of my 4inch Lazer hand auger to go through. Water pretty clear for Dexterville. Not much current where I was. Most activity right down by bottom 8 to 10 feet on Vexilar dial. Had one big mark up around 5 feet, zipped little marmooska/part of waxworm up there, got hammered. Tug of war that the fish won, got it close to hole, looked like a bass. Tried neon Genzworm, light brown/red HT marmooska, eyeball spoon with Gapen red egg, orange/yellow flipper vertical jig, pink and orange plastic with no bites. Teeny yellow/black horizontal jig with 1/3 waxworm seemed the best although that pole had the softest/longest spring bobber on. Being inside out of the wind in my old Fishtrap helped see the tiny bites. Little bluegills, crappie, perch and golden shiners, not too many (under 10 total) provided the entertainment. Left at 3:30, might of got better closer to dark. Good enough for me though. Saw a bunch of does on way back to Spencer via Lindsey area. Again was fishable walking on by old boat landing but how much further away the ice was no clue. Had cleats on with cross country ski poles for traction while walking. No litter on ice or in parking lot, lets' keep it that way. woody eckes
Be careful if you have a boat. Very stumpy and shallow except river channel, but thats only 8-10 feet. Typical bass gear will work. Panfish are abundant. If you know where you are going head up river a ways, lots of down trees along shore. Better fishing there.
Heading to Dexter for the weekend camping, never been here before. I've heard rumors of good bass fishing in years past but nothing recent. Is this lake alive and well? I guess I'll have a good idea after this weekend. I honestly don't even know what this lake looks like other than the contour map. Not sure what to target. Hoping the typical bass tackle will produce fish but I'm versatile on what species to target. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks and I hope everyone has a good weekend fishing!
MOON PHASE (6%)
21° - 25° F
Went out for a few hours this morning. Was a bit on the slow end. Have not fished this lake in 2 years. But still got on some fish. Was able to get 6 perch around 8 inches. And a few small bluegill. And 2 small crappies. Had some flags out. But never went up.