Coming up the 18th through 25th for some fishing. I've been fishing the lake for six years, and my wife has for 32 years. But, this will be the first time on the ice. Any advice is appreciated, but not expected. I'll have a red Ranger and Eskimo Sierra Thermal. Stop by and say hi if you see me out there. If the ice gets any thicker I may just leave the Ranger behind and be in a blue Ram truck.
Sickening to have wasted fish. The thing is just let them go if you don't want it. Whitefish is great for smoking. Between that the garbage and cig butts it is just depressing how some don't care. Been meaning to give it a try one of these days. Whitefish on long that is.
26° - 30° F
The entire south end is drivable I measured 17 inches most places. I drove the truck from the landing near butternut down to Holy Island.
The north end has a couple smaller trucks out, but only 12 inches up there.
Lots of permanent shacks up already.
Nice report KV. Heading up there this coming weekend, are they driving all over the lake? Off by Pioneer is where I'd likely access if possible.
Kind of the same as you KV, am going to jig for panfish early while set up for N Pike and then switch to walleye later. Want to try out my new walleye jig pole with a couple tip ups out.
Tried 3 different spots for panfish from 11-3 without much luck. Most small bluegill with a few nicer ones. Set up my shack for the walleye night bite at 3 and didn't get back to fishing till 4:30. Never got into any walleye but crappie bit from 4:30 all through the night. Fished hard till 9pm, woke up at 11PM and 4am and caught fish every time. Morning bite was tough again. Size wasn't great, mostly 9-10" with a few nicer ones mixed in. Biggest one came around 4am. Metallic tungsten and clam maki plastic did the trick prior to dark. After dark pretty much everything was on a glow kastmaster spoon with a maki plastic and wax worm. Had to keep it charged or they weren't having it.
Rant - there seems to be a decent population of whitefish in this lake. Contrary to what people think, whitefish are actually a good fish to eat and an absolute blast to catch. I saw 2 nice ones lying on the ice this weekend for no apparent reason. Just because you weren't targeting them and don't want to keep them doesn't mean you need to leave them to die.
Mikem, think there might be another separate listing for Long Lake(some refer to it as Upper Long in this County). Don't take my word for it though without doing a lake search.
I've fished Upper Long many of time's, most recent we stopped at the Narrows(Lucy's Landing) and a lot of people fishing, but not much action. My cousin and I went down and tried Gruenwald Bay and didn't catch anything but had to leave the ice around 3p.m. when we should of been going out to try. Some anglers were starting to pick up a few Crappies and setup for Walleyes as we were leaving. Overall it just wasn't a good day for fishing for we tried other lakes that day earlier and this was a month ago.
If you can get a number to the sport shop(think it's called Long Lake Sport Shop) there on the intersection turn off of Hwy. B and the Narrows boat landing road, you might be able to get a more current fishing report.