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4/24/18 @ 9:32 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (70%)
Waxing Gibbous
Hard to believe that at the end of April we are still getting reports of 24 to 30” of ice on most lakes. Use caution getting out on the North Shores of some area lakes as there is a little bit of water, but once on, the ice is good. Not a bad idea to bring hip boots. South shores could be slushy too.
Fish are starting to move into shallows. Recommend using light weight lines with some finesse to peak their interest.
Crappie: Fair - Slow, fluttering spoons such as Lethal Cecils and Demon Tongues tipped with waxies, Chena or light colored plastics should do well. Minnows on tip-downs or under small bobbers.
Yellow Perch: Fair - As with Crappies, fluttering spoons such as Vinglas, Demon Tongues loaded up with waxies or tip-downs with minnows.
Bluegill: Fair – Tip small rockers, Moon glows or tear drops with moussees, waxies. Also, Little Atom Duppees or J&S Larva mites or Ice mites for plastics.
Could use some warm rain and sun to speed the ice melt along. There are some chances of both reported in the forecast over the next few days and into next week, keep your fingers crossed.

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4/17/18 @ 9:12 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waxing Crescent
Not much to report! Unusual amounts of mid-April snow and high winds have kept anglers off the lakes. Access is tough right now as the snow depth makes getting around very difficult.
Crappie: Bad-Poor! – No recent reports over the last five days, though a few anglers heading out as of this writing. Concentrate on bays of larger lakes (small lakes could very well be suffering from low oxygen with all this late snow). Slow, fluttering spoons such as Lethal Cecils and Demon Tongues tipped with waxies, Chena or light colored plastics should do well. Minnows on tip-downs or under small bobbers, as the warm up begins this weekend, should prove effective. Holes staying open, with much needed oxygen flowing down, will improve fish activity…and catches!
Yellow Perch: Bad-Poor! – Ditto on reports. Gravid (egg laden) perch moving into weedy bays. As with Crappies, fluttering spoons such as Vinglas, Demon Tongues loaded up with waxies or tip-downs with minnows.
Bluegill: Bad-Poor! – See above!! Once warm up keeps holes open, tip small rockers, Moon glows or tear drops with moussees, waxies. Also, Little Atom Duppees or J&S Larva mites or Ice mites for plastics. Keep to larger lakes to start as small lakes with low oxygen will have sluggish fish.
In all cases try high under the ice, this is where the best concentration of dissolved oxygen will be. With temps hitting the 50’s this weekend, hopefully snow will melt down enough for decent travel.
As far as the Opener…Things look grim, with upwards of 30-34” of ice covered by two feet of snow and only 19 days ‘til May 5th, forecast is bleak. Weekends heavy snow fall quashed the hopes of even the most optimistic of us for open water com early May.

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4/12/18 @ 6:30 AM
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iceman1973
iceman1973
USER since 6/30/14

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

fished boom from 4/8 thru 4/11 fished 20 fow,crappie at 13ft to 17 ft. of water,ok bite slow at times, got about a dozen a day with a couple keepers a day.taking plastics at times no color seemed to work the best, slow on 4/11 not really taking minnows. 

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4/10/18 @ 9:26 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waning Crescent
What can be said??? Our mild(ish) winter keeps flexing its muscle, putting cold and snow all over our spring and hopes for a good opener!
Temps below zero (it’s April ?!) and a fresh blanket of snow have slowed fishing. Signs of stress on our smaller lakes due to lack of sunlight has hampered angler success.
Bluegill: Fair – To be fair, few anglers were venturing out due to weather. Stay clear of the smaller lakes (low oxygen?) while larger lakes and mid-sized lakes with access to depth or moving water best.
Yellow Perch: Fair – Snow cover pushing most perch back out a bit deeper for now (10-15’+). Wigglers, rosies best.
Crappie: Fair-Poor (for this time of year) – Bite lethargic. Tip-downs with minnows typical, but when fish tight lipped, work small #10 rockers tipped with small plastics to pry open some lips.
A warm up by mid-week (4/11) should knock snow down some, but more cooler weather by weekend will hold up the ice melt.
Average ice reports are running anywhere from 24-34”, we need the snow cover to leave to address the ice melt.
No one knows for sure, but as of right now, don’t bury your tip-ups for opener, you might need them.

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4/3/18 @ 9:22 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous
Winter just is not ready to say goodbye to the Northwoods this year. About 10 inches of snow fell over the weekend and they are predicting another 6-9 over the next couple of days.
There hasn’t been much fluctuation in temperatures so we are not seeing much change in the fishing patterns from last week.
Yellow Perch: Very Good – Minnows/wigglers look to be the preferred meal for Perch. Look for them deep in mud flats, morning or afternoon best.
Bluegill: Good – Waxies on Rocker jigs or MoonGlo
Crappie: Fair – Finding best bite a couple of hours before dusk using tip downs with rosies.
Not seeing any temps above freezing for the coming week, evening temperatures still in the teens or even single digits some nights, leaving plenty of ice. Be cautious along shorelines that could be open/thin but camouflaged with the new snow cover. Also be on the lookout for opening waters created by aerators (‘tis supposed to be the season). As usual, be prepared, all this new white stuff could make travel to your favorite spot quite adventurous.
Don’t forget to get your new fishing license for 2018.

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3/27/18 @ 8:57 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (82%)
Waxing Gibbous
Ice still at 20”+ on most area lakes, however overnight rain and warming temps could make for some slushy conditions.
Yellow Perch: Very Good – Finding in mud flats, deep. Minnows, wigglers in the morning or afternoon best.
Bluegill: Good – Rocker jigs or MoonGlo with waxies
Crappie: Fair – Tip downs with rosies, best bite last 2 hours before sunset.
Temps forecasted to reach into the 50’s mid-week and then snow chances for the weekend. Ahh…springtime in the Northwoods. The ice conditions will be as unpredictable as the weather, so be prepared.

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3/19/18 @ 8:41 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waxing Crescent
Great weather and improving conditions on the ice led to lots of angler participation over the weekend.
Crappie: Very Good – The warm weather helped with the functioning tip-down bite. Oddly, some reports on Crappies in 22-25’, some in 13-18’ and others up as shallow as 7-10’. Rosies and small minnows on tip-downs. In shallower water dipping plastics, especially dark colors such as black, maroon, red and purple best. Lots of reports of 11-13”+ fish.
Yellow Perch: Very Good – Wiggler bite hot over mud flats, varying depths depending on lakes from 14-28’. Tip-downs with minnows also producing.
Bluegill: Very Good – Lots of action but some sorting. Small #10 rockers, as well as Moon Glo jigs tipped with waxies, mousees or plastics. Dark colors on bright days, but bright colors working when Gills very aggressive.
With ice 22-30” thick and still plenty of snow cover, add in nights in single digits to teens and we should have another 3 weeks of ice fishing to go.

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3/19/18 @ 6:59 AM
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iceman1973
iceman1973
USER since 6/30/14

MOON PHASE (5%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

fished the 17th &18th fished boom both days. sat was the best day with crappies taking minnows,16ft was the best. Got crappies on pink plastic tipped with minnow head sat lots off fish around 10 in & sun fish where slower but got meals both days.

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3/13/18 @ 1:11 PM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent
With the gamefish season over, all local attention is on the panfish in the Lakeland Area. Unfortunately, recent snows and warm ups have caused quite a bit of slush, making getting around difficult on lakes that don’t receive much traffic. Ice is still plenty thick (22-30”) but I personally noticed ice getting a bit soft due to the water on top working its way through ice. Still, with the 12-16” of snow on top, it will take a while to get down to some serious ice melt.
Bluegill: Good – Varying reports, most Gills up in 7-10’ of weeds, with the better Gills moving through the deeper weeds in schools taking #3-#4 Fiska tungsten jigs tipped with moussees or waxies. Plastics also producing using Mustache worms and Shrimpy tails. Also some Gills still deep, relating to rock in 22-26’. Heavier offerings of larger tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or wigglers producing nicer Gills of 8”+.
Yellow Perch: Good – Most action over mud using Chandeliers, Pimples, Halis, Venom Tungsten Core, and #5 Fiskas to get wigglers and red spikes down to fish. Depth of 14-24’ on average, find schools then keep them interested by getting bait back down quickly. Tip-downs with rosies and small fats working due to mild weather.
Crappie: Good – Getting better, but far from peaked. Staging away from bays, but moving closer. Tip-downs have been good choice as Crappies found suspending 3-5’ off bottom in 14-22’. Not a lot of strong reports from anglers dipping plastics in bays until last hour-and-a-half before dark, then big slabs moving in.
March should be a good month for ice as day time highs in 30’s and 40’s will be countered by night time temps in teens. Watch for shoreline pull off where melting snow eats at access points, but so far good access not a problem.

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3/13/18 @ 8:00 AM
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Striker 69
Striker 69
USER since 2/20/18

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waning Crescent

ICE DEPTH
28 inches

Got into the bluegill and crappie pretty good fri-sun. Both in the weeds in 6 fow. Both on small jigs w/mousies. Switched to a swedish pimple towards dark on sun and hammered nice crappies mostly about 2 ft under ice.

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