That’s good insight Snagger. I just wanted to make a little PSA of my own about the walleyes out here and intentionally fishing for them in that deeper water 30 foot plus. I have been as guilty of it as anybody the last few winters since the eye population has rebounded (because its cool to catch walleyes) in targeting them on those deeper bars but as anyone can attest, most of them “blow up” no matter how slow you reel them in and with the vast vast majority of them under 18”, we are killing most of those fish for naught. It’s no coincidence that the major year class was 14-16” last year and those fish should be 15-18” his year and they are nowhere to be found, just the next class of th cigars to 13”. Personally I think it is because they are dead from us icefishermen. I fish all the major bars (commodore, second point, Dunn’s brearly) and I have seen tons of fisherman catching and “releasing” those fish, including me and my friends but it’s time to take a step back and think about what our eye fishing could be if we stopped targeting those eyes in that 30-50 feet especially when you catch one small one after another.
Obviously there will be some that survive and grow up, but with personal experience of literally catching or seeing hundreds of nice walleyes 14-16” caught the past two winters and that year class being all but absent now...let’s help out this incredible lake! I love this lake more than anything so I want to see it as good as possible for years to come!
Also a reminder to know your regs and that this lake is 18” 3 fish. If I have another person carry a small eye over to me and ask me how big they have to be on this lake, I will go berserk. Know the regulations before you go!
As for fishing, I fished the deeper water today and grinded out 18 nice perch, mostly coming from two short lived schools and a whole lot of nothing otherwise. Fished 50-60 feet in west basin. Ice was about 12-14”.