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2/18/18 @ 9:17 PM
Mike Smith
SleeperMike
USER since 6/6/09

This past weekend was about the same.  I've been all over the Willow and still only getting 8 to 10 crappie but there big 12' to 13 1/2.

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2/13/18 @ 10:00 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent
Not a noteworthy weekend, but it looks as though an uptick in action, as we may be starting to come out of the mid-winter blues. Certain species are making a stronger showing and this week’s warm up could provide some better fishing conditions.
Bluegill: Good-Very Good – Good Action and some above average size Gills reported. Best action has been late morning through early afternoon as of late, probably due to below zero morning temps. Skandia #14 & #12 tungsten jigs as well as Fiskas in #2.5 thru #4’s tipped with Skimpees, Duppies, Wedgees, as well as J&S Larva Mites or Ice Mites. As for live bait, moussees, waxies working well. Small and dark best when fish get quiet.
Northern Pike: Good – Big shiners ruling the action, partially due to lack of larger suckers, but also due to activeness and flash of shiners. Rigs with small blades helping to attract fish. Standing cabbage best in 7-10’, but larger fish (30”+) coming from deeper 12-17’ edges.
Yellow Perch: Good – Depth of 18-30’ working mud flats using heavy spoons/jigs to stir up mud. Tip Venom Tungsten Core Rattle Spoons, Hali Sliver Spoons, Chandeliers, Flash Champs and Kastmasters with wigglers or red spikes. With warm up, rosie reds on tip-downs should work, but once found, fast dropping jigs/spoons way to increase #’s.
Crappie: Good – A few reports of large fish moving into shallow weedy bays towards dusk, but for the most, deeper edges and flats. Weed edges of 12-18’ using tip-downs with rosies, gow or UV colored Flash Champs, Chandeliers, pimples, Demons. Waxies on glow #5 Fiskas. Use lighter colored plastics (white, pink, silver) when weed fishing. Look for fish to suspend 4-7’ off bottom over flats, anglers finding Crappies in bays at dusk 2-4’ below ice taking gold or white rockers tipped with Chena bait.
Walleye: Fair – Out over deep sandgrass flats, Walleye suckers, large rosie reds and large fatheads on tip-ups. Jigging spoons with rattles or lights (Northland/Fish 13) tipped with minnow heads. Jigging Raps, Hyper Rattles & Glides also working. Best early AM, 1 hour before dark and again between 10 PM and midnight.
Largemouth Bass: Poor-Fair – Expect action to pick up as temps get over 20’s this week. Shiners on tip-ups always top choice, but jigging Euro Tackle Z-vibes in 7-10’ weeds, tipping with minnow head, also producing some nice Bass when weather allowing
Should be a good weekend with new moon period coming up, plus some warmer weather. Reports of ice depths in the 22-26” range, with some areas to 30”. Snow depth making ATV travel tough, but trucks and snowmobiles good. Mid-week warm up (in the 40’s) should pack snow down to make ATV’s viable again in some areas.
We welcome the Wisconsin High School Ice Fishing Championship on Lake Minocqua and the eastern half of Lake Tomahawk. Good luck to all the participants. Bring your Student ID’s and show at counter for specials on tackle.
Tournaments
2/17 Bob Lemer Tournament - Lake Katherine & Wisconsin High School State Championship
2/24 Carroll Lake Ice Derby & Lake Tomahawk Fisheree

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2/11/18 @ 8:58 PM
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barker_ryan
barker_ryan
USER since 1/31/14

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waning Crescent

Ending the weekend with a couple awesome highlights. Started chasing walleye on submerged humps and got on a great bite. Including a handful of legals, 4 nice fish over 20inches and one above the slot. All caught and released. Also, targeted some crappie over mud and stuck another 15+inch giant. CPR. 

Ice conditions have been consistent to past reports. This cold snap added quite a bit of ice in some areas. Snowmobile travel in my opinion is by far the best. There's a considerable amount of snow on the ice so I'd be cautious about breaking new paths with atvs and even vehicles in some areas. Be safe and good luck out there!

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2/10/18 @ 6:42 PM
Mike Smith
SleeperMike
USER since 6/6/09

Fished the Willow this last week. Hard to find good numbers of crappies.

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2/6/18 @ 8:56 PM
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barker_ryan
barker_ryan
USER since 1/31/14

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

Well as much as I like writing good reports of successful trips on the water this update will be a bit like a Sour Patch Kid. Sour, sweet, gone haha. We've been focusing on chasing quality walleye rather than quantity. Yes, the fish have been nice, but getting off the ice with only a few fish and no strong pattern makes it tough to piece the puzzle together. During these times is when you need to stick to what you know and the fish will come around. Just remember, fish are always eating. You just need to find out where they are and what they want. So in this case, I'll carry on and keep chasing the elusive northwoods 30" walleye. 

The end of Gamefish season is fast approaching! Our walleyes came on bigger bodies of water on submerged humps. They were slamming Ripnraps. Ice conditions on top are great for the snowmobile. Kind of surprising but ice thicknesses varied from 18" down to less than a foot. So if you're bombing around in a vehicle think twice if you're not familiar with the water. As always, use caution and good luck out there!

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2/6/18 @ 9:56 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous
Despite the bracket of cold temps and added snow this past weekend, the lure of February’s Ice Derbies brought anglers out in droves to fish a little and get a chance to win something, as well as help raise money for good causes.
Fishing picked up over the past weekend for many, though “the day after the derby hangover” seemed to have slowed things a bit.
Crappie: Good – Most action deep. Tip-downs (when not too cold) tipped with small rosie reds best. When Crappies turing their nose up at minnows, try jigging chartreuse, orange, glow or gold #4 or #5 Fiskas tipped with waxies. Keep movement to a minimum when dealing with these negative fish. VMC Tungsten Flys also working well, here the subtle movement of the added hair may be what’s making the difference. Most reports of Crappies in 18-30’, usually 1-2’ off bottom. One group found nice fish suspended 15’ off a 30’ mud flat.
Yellow Perch: Good – Deep mud flats best. Venom tungsten core glow rattle spoons, Halis, pimples, Chandeliers and Flash Champs. Red spikes and wigglers best. The rattles and glow of the Venom spoons help pulling in fish. Bang bait in mud to attract attention.
Northern Pike: Good – Action improved, a few 30”+ fish reported. Best on large shiners. Where a deeper, 10-14’ weed edge is applicable, fish there as larger Pike being caught along these edges.
Bluegill: Good – Not great numbers, but good reports of 7, 8, 9 and even 10”+ Gills! Anglers finding Gills in 8-12’ standing cabbage using small Tungsten jig flys or just plain #3-#4 Fiska jigs tipped with red, purple, motor oil and sometimes clear/silver J&S plastics or wedges. Some open water Gills holding over sandgrass in 16-23’ preferring clear, motor oil or black plastic on Dude jigs of red or black.
Walleye: Fair-Poor – Catches few, but better than previous week. Smaller suckers, shiners or large rosies. Jigging Raps, Hyper Glydes and spoons with light by Northland and 13 Flash Bangs for after dark. The smaller Rippin Raps also working, though Walleye don’t seem to be as aggressive as earlier in season.
Largemouth Bass: Poor – Cold not conducive to good action. Use medium shiners on tip-ups or a shiner head jigged on a #4 pimple.
Ice thickness continues to grow slowly, 18-22” on average. Travel good despite recent snow. A few reports of slush on lakes with heavy snow and little traffic.
Tournaments
2/10 Plum Lake Tournament – to Benefit Sayner-Star Lake Lions Projects
2/17 Bob Lemer Tournament - Lake Katherine
 Wisconsin High School State Championship
2/24 Carroll Lake Ice Derby
 Lake Tomahawk Fisheree

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2/1/18 @ 3:12 PM
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Mike Smith
SleeperMike
USER since 6/6/09

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
17 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Was out a few times this week. Looking for crappies on small minnows.

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1/30/18 @ 2:47 PM
BugleTrout
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USER since 9/27/01

Glad to hear it wasn't just us having problems getting pike to bite.  Four of us had a dozen tip ups out with walleye suckers, medium and large goldens and a couple of salted frozen smelt for 6 1/2 hours on Saturday and not one flag.

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1/30/18 @ 12:54 PM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (99%)
Waxing Gibbous
Despite warm temps and some southwest wind, fishing cooled off this past weekend. Temps in the mid 40’s on Jan 26th pushed snow down so travel, even by ATV, was good, though some areas reporting slush.
Bluegill: Fair – Small windows of good bites occurring with anglers dipping tungsten jig tipped with J&S plastics in 7-10’ cabbage. The Gills being caught on Minocqua Lake for example have been running larger than average (7 ½-8 ½”+) with photos of 10+” Gills coming from outlying lakes.
Crappie: Fair – Action spotty with best bites on tip-downs baited with small rosie reds. Depths of 18-30’ producing best. Jigs with glow such as VMC Chandeliers or larger 5mm tungsten tipped with waxies also working. In water of 12’ and less, EuroTackle Z-vibes catching some large, aggressive slabs at times.
Northern Pike: Fair – Flags not flying here either. A few big Pike, one 37”er reported, but not a lot of action. 6-10’ weeds using large shiners best.
Yellow Perch: Fair – Small windows of opportunity for bites. Deep mud flats holding perch. At times, unresponsive. Fast dropping spoons such as Flash Champs, Kastmasters, Halis, Pimples, Clam Flutter spoons. Wigglers, red spikes or small minnows on tip-downs.
Walleye: Fair-Poor – With the exception of where you can’t keep them (Minocqua Chain, very good), Walleye reports not good. When bites slow, switch to smaller suckers, shiners or large fatheads. #5 jigging raps. Couple good reports on the new Flash Bangs by night anglers.
Largemouth Bass: Poor
Travel improved as snow condensed. Most ice reports 17-20”+.
Tournaments
2/3 Ice Derby on Stacks Bay
2/17 Lake Katherine
 High School State Championship
2/24 Carroll Lake

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1/29/18 @ 3:23 PM
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iceman1973
iceman1973
USER since 6/30/14

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

fished 2 day 1/29/ with friend fish had lock jaw 2 day NO minnow bite at all all gills came on pink plastic glow head

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