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12/11/18 @ 5:27 PM
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strictly walleye
strictly walleye
MEMBER since 5/5/12

MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

Not making much ice but am seeing four wheelers out and about. Walleyes continue with a good sundown bite and scoring a few jumbo perch mixed in- yum yum.  Tip-ups and jigging with just a small jig and minnow are equally effective.  Being targeting a little deeper as season goes on. Fish today came in 18 feet of water.

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12/11/18 @ 9:02 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (18%)
Waxing Crescent
Good ice conditions, NOT great, throughout the Lakeland area.  Good because most lakes are reporting 6-8” of good solid ice.  Not great because we don’t have 12-16” and because some larger lakes are still reporting only 3-6” mid-lake.  Yet oddly, things are worse north of us where heavy snow has halted ice growth to the 3-5” range.  Still, most lakes good for walking, ATV and some snowmobile use. 
 
A high-pressure system on Friday and Saturday was the biggest hurdle for anglers, fish just seemed to shut down everywhere – even the small panfish were hard to entice.  In cases like this, shift to dark moving water to hopefully offset some of the high barometric effects.  Those that did Sunday found some nice Walleyes taking small #3 : #4 tungsten jigs meant for panfish, just an example of how to go small on a tough bite works for even larger fish. 
 
Walleye:  Poor - Fair – See above.  With new, lower pressure system moving in, bite has already improved as of this writing.  Live minnows for now, but jigging lures and spoons will be good as week progresses. 
 
Northern Pike:  Poor - Fair – Same here.  Downsize to medium shiners, suckers but supersize ‘em for warm weekend coming up. 
 
Bluegill, Crappie & Perch:  Poor – Fair 
 
What can be said?  But hey, its behind us and this system coming in should pick things back up to what it was before. 
 
It was an unfortunate blip on the early ice season.  But the end of last week’s cold did add some ice and improve mobility on the lakes.  Still, use precaution, but this coming week looks great. 

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12/10/18 @ 12:48 PM
Musky Ben
Musky Ben
USER since 3/13/02

Having moved to just south of Lake Tomahawk has me exploring a number of lakes that I haven't either fished before or am enjoying being closer to than I was before, so able to check them out a bit more often...  That said, I fished a couple of lakes yesterday/Saturday and was able to jig up a few walleyes, WOW, on those rippin' raps!!!  I was running the #3 in a UV Orange and was hoping to find some panfish as well, but had no success in that area...

Had a few marks show up that I couldn't convert, but it was certainly fun...

Ice depth was at 6.5" to 7" with 2 to four or five inches off snow on top...  I did work some ice that was newer that was only 5.5", all those are measured thicknesses.  I am assuming slush will be limited to the south ends of the lakes right now and we'll see how the warm-up through the week affects the top... 

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12/4/18 @ 11:15 AM
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Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waning Crescent
With ice thickness slowly building, more opportunities opening up for anglers here in the Northwoods. 
 
Most areas averaging 5-7” and while some of our larger lakes are just locking up, with the lack of snow on these newer freeze ups, the ice will actually catch up on these lakes. 
 
Walleye:  Very Good-Good – Some action even as early as mid-afternoons as anglers working jigging spoons (Clam Flutter Spoons) finding good action.  Best still just before dark, but the mid-day action sign of active fish.  Biggest draw back has been winds this past week making fishing difficult at times. 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Action during morning gets best using big chubs, suckers or shiners in relatively shallow water still (4-9’) 
 
Bluegill:  Very Good-Good – Lots of action, but reports of sorting needed to get a decent bag.  In shallow water, classic lead jigs (Dot Tears, Darts) tipped with waxies all that’s needed in water of 4-8’.  Some anglers on smaller, deeper lakes using tungsten and spikes to get down in 20-25’ for some big Gills. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Good-Fair – Some nice fish being picked up in shallow, cabbage flats of 5-9’.  Most on horizontal profile jigs tipped with waxies.  Some minnow bites, but these fish not schooling tight, so bite scattered. 
 
Crappie:  Fair – Had been better, mostly wind keeping anglers from slow dropping rockers with plastics. 
 
Biggest thing holding anglers back was wind over weekend.  Snow (which we didn’t need yet) wasn’t bad and wind actually kept some off lake.  Cold this week will help build ice.  Temps for weekend forecasted to be highs in low 20’s should be just right to continue ice build, yet be “workable” for early ice anglers to get out. 

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12/1/18 @ 1:11 PM
Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

Anyone fising big bearskin?

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12/1/18 @ 8:59 AM
iceman1973
iceman1973
USER since 6/30/14

there was 2 4 wheelers on boom yesterday

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11/30/18 @ 9:01 PM
Bobber fishing
Bobber fishing
USER since 12/5/06

Ice fished a bay off of planting ground last week and had 5” of good hard ice. Walked out to 5’ of water and caught a few late day walleyes on tip ups. Activity was good on Med. shiners. Good Luck!

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11/30/18 @ 5:54 PM
TheDudeAbides
TheDudeAbides
USER since 1/15/16

On my way up from Waukesha because I can't wait for ice down there. Planned to try George and or Pelican. Any information is much obliged.

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11/27/18 @ 6:48 PM
cmbswim89
cmbswim89
MEMBER since 2/6/17

Does anyone know how much ice is on the three lakes chain of lakes? Long lake is really what I am looking for but any of the chain lakes will do. 

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11/26/18 @ 1:17 PM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waning Gibbous
Early ice fishing definitely underway as anglers have been plying waters of the Northwoods for almost two weeks. 
 
Despite rain on Friday Eve/Saturday making things very slippery and not very safe for walking, the rain may have actually helped by removing snow cover and weight from existing ice.  We seemed to have lost very little in ice thickness, mostly just the snow cover. 
 
Walleye:  Very Good – Early evening bite best followed by dawn bite as next best time.  Jigging lures (UL Rippin Raps, Slab Raps, Jigging Raps, Hyper Glides) as well as jigging spoons (Demon Tongues, Slender Spoons, Tinglers w/ minnow heads) have been deadly as Walleyes actively chasing moving baits.  Tip-ups with large fatheads, suckers or chubs also producing.  Yet, while bite is active, great time to work on your Walleye jigging skills!  Lots of “eater” Walleyes reported this past week, yet bigger Eye’s to 28” also caught and released. 
 
Bluegill:  Very Good – Where safe ice covers green weeds of 4-8’ nice Gills taking small jigs (Moon Glitter, Dot Tear Drop, Mooska jigs) tipped with waxies, spikes or plastic (red, purple best this week) 
 
Crappie:  Very Good – Shallow fish cruising in the same waters as the Gills.  Horizontal presentations (Ratso’s, Sled Heads, Z-Vibes and even the smallest UL3 Rippin Raps) producing larger slabs (along with occasional Large Mouth Bass).  Slip floats and tip-downs with minnows also producing. 
 
Yellow Perch:  Very Good-Good – Great numbers in the shallows, but necessary to sort for some keepers.  Try larger baits (medium fatheads, Impulse rigged mayflys, waxtails or Flutter Spoons tipped with 2-3 waxies) Aggressive jigging seems to draw in Perch, then pause to get bites. 
 
Northern Pike:  Very Good-Good – Big shiners, chubs and suckers on tip-ups.  Pike cruising shallow weeds where panfish are located. 
 
Musky:  Poor? – Sorry, but few anglers out.  Only a few lakes open for boats, though one report of an ice angler catching a low 30” fish on tip-up.  Season’s last day Nov 30th. 
 
Unlike the southern and eastern parts of the state, the weather this weekend should only help our ice formation.  A light dusting has put some “grip” back on the ice, but creepers still a must, as well as a spud bar for checking ice thickness.  Most anglers reporting 5-6”, but there are areas that need watching.  Be safe, carry a rope, get a float suit and take a friend. 
 
Our 9th Annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza is this weekend, Nov 30th, Dec 1st & 2nd.  Meet reps, pro staffer’s (Paul Delaney will be here), get great deals and a chance to win a Striker Floating Ice Jacket & Bibs. 

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