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4/3/18 @ 4:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
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MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

Big Dardis Lake —Located near the town of Phillips - 144-acre Big Dardis has a low-density walleye population maintained by stocking of large fingerlings every other year. Immediately after ice out in 2017, the Park Falls fisheries team captured 55 walleyes and estimated the adult population to be about 0.4 adults per acre using fyke nets. Fyke nets averaged 2 walleyes = 10 inches per net-night with 96% greater than 15 inches and 42% at least 25-inches long. The largest walleye measured in the spring survey was 29.2 inches. Low walleye density allows for plenty of forage and walleyes are growing fast enough to reach trophy size. Angling harvest is managed under a daily bag limit of 3 walleyes, a 15-inch minimum length limit, a protected slot from 20 to 24 inches, and only 1 walleye over 24 inches allowed. There is one public boat launch located on Dardis Lake Lane. —Chad Leanna, DNR fisheries technician, Park Falls

Walleye fishing opener is May 5, 2018. Order your 2018 Official Price County Visitor Guide (click on our partner name below) today or view the guide online at http://www.co.price.wi.us/880/Visitor-Guide---View-Online. 


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3/7/18 @ 10:19 AM
FISHING REPORT
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Waning Gibbous

The area experienced some snow fall this past week. The additional accumulation hampers vehicle access on many of our lakes. ATVs and sleds provide the best travel. The lakes have plenty of ice and this can extend seasonal opportunities. With that said some of our shallow dish pan lakes are already experiencing some lower oxygen levels. This can cause winter kill off as the season progresses but right now anglers should understand that when this begins to happen fish such as crappies begin to make their way up the water column and can actually be right under the ice itself. Many anglers drop jigs right down to the bottom hoping to hook these bottom hugging fish and in reality they fish right past these fish. Many times you don’t even mark these fish on a locator. First avoid the fish locator or use a second hole right next to the locator. Then slowly drop your jig just below the ice working it vertically down the water column until you make contact with these fish. 

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2/20/18 @ 9:36 AM
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Waxing Crescent

Guide Report - Anglers in our area may have completely different stories when talking about last week’s success. Walleye activity has really slowed but fishing peak times can really make the difference. Put together a major lunar period, sunset and a storm front and you may find yourself patting yourself on the back!! Anglers needed at least two out of three to put some fish on the ice. Walleyes were located on breaks in 9-12 feet of water. They are hitting baits with a very light bite and are not moving much after taking baits. Shiners were working the best.

Northern pike activity has also slowed but fish continue to take sucker minnows off shallow flats during day light hours.

Crappie action has picked up. Fish are suspended on deep mud basins. Some nice size crappies were caught this past week on a variety of plastics and jig styles. The key is to find a fish or two and move with the school. They do spook easily but the big girls are starting to show up.


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2/19/18 @ 11:25 AM
FISHING REPORT
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Waxing Crescent

Butternut Lake, 22.5 inch walleye, caught and released  2/19/2018. 

DNR Report - With ice thickness 24 inches or greater in many areas and not too much snow cover on the lakes, many anglers have been taking advantage of the nicer weather we have been experiencing. Fishing action has been fair this past week for all species. Walleyes have been hitting in 5-12 feet of water on tip ups with medium golden shiners working best. The best bite has been right at dusk. Panfish anglers are catching perch jigging and on tip downs over mud flats in 10-20 feet of water. Rosie reds on tip downs have been the best bait and spoons tipped with wax worms are working for those jigging. Crappies are still being found roaming in schools over the deep water. Anglers that are punching a bunch of holes area able to keep moving and find active fish. Northern pike action remains fair near weed beds. Tip-ups with large shiners set about 12 inches below the ice are providing some action. The end of gamefish season is getting near (March 4th) so get out and enjoy the ice and the warm weather forecasted for the next week!


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2/14/18 @ 3:48 PM
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Waning Crescent

According to a local fishing guide - Walleye activity has really slowed this past week. We saw many light biters. Most of the activity came late in the day on tip ups. We did see a few shoppers on jig sticks but they weren’t buying! The ones that committed to tip ups didn’t even move that much once they bit. Northern activity did break up the slow times. We are getting fish on bigger suckers now in very shallow water. Tip ups and some small kwik sets brought some pike on the ice. We did spend a day this week crappie fishing and had fish suspended over a deep lake basin. Tungsten jigs tipped with crappie minnows received the most bites. Good Luck Fishing! 

Photo: Milwaukee firefighters enjoyed ice fishing in Price County.  

Tournaments:

February 10, 2018 ~ Ice Fishing Jamboree on Little Spirit Lake, Spirit/ Rib Lake

February 17, 2018 ~ Soo Lake Fisheree, Phillips  

March 3, 2018 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble, Solberg Lake, Phillips

Walleye fishing opener is May 5, 2018. Order your 2018 Official Price County  Visitor Guide today or view it online at http://www.co.price.wi.us/880/Visitor-Guide---View-Online.



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2/6/18 @ 3:42 PM
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Waning Gibbous

Photo to go with recently posted guide report. 

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2/6/18 @ 3:38 PM
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Waning Gibbous

Guide Report - The area is experiencing some frigid weather this week. Anglers are usually less mobile with the cold temperatures and in doing so provides for less fish catching activity. Anglers should be targeting the shallow weeds near the first break and using large suckers on tip ups for northern pike. Look for large flats and place tip ups away from each other to increase your chances.

The walleye bite has slowed but anglers should target the feeding windows associated with low light conditions. Lunar peak periods also help. Medium shiners and smaller sucker minnows on tip ups in 15-20 ft of water close to gravel points provide good opportunities.

Crappie action has been off and on. Drilling holes, many of them, out in the deep basins and fishing the entire water column is required. Jigs tipped with plastics or minnows are providing the best action.


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2/6/18 @ 11:24 AM
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Waning Gibbous

DNR Report - The cold winter we have been experiencing has allowed the ice thickness to grow to 18-20 inches in most places. Snow and slush on top of the ice is making travel difficult on some lakes and snowmobile has been the best mode of transportation for those looking to get off the beaten paths. Right now we are in one of the slowest times of the year as far as action goes, but the quality sized fish begin to show up. Anglers have been having fair success for perch and crappies in the main deep-water basins of the lake. Perch are being caught near the bottom on minnows and crappies are suspended 1-5 feet off the bottom and also hitting small minnows. Walleye action has slowed the past couple of weeks. Anglers are still catching them in 4-10 feet of water at dusk on tip-ups with shiners or suckers. During mid-day anglers have been catching a walleye or two in deeper water while fishing for panfish. Northern pike fishing has also slowed a bite, but anglers are still catching plenty of smaller fish while setting up over the top of weeds with shiners under tip-ups. Milder temperatures this coming weekend and next week should improve fishing action and allow angers to be more mobile and find the active fish.

Price County Area 2018 Ice Fishing Tournaments:

February 10 ~ Ice Fishing Jamboree on Little Spirit Lake, Spirit/Rib Lake

February 17 ~ Soo Lake Fisheree, Phillips 

March 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble, Solberg Lake, Phillips 

Visit our website,http://www.co.price.wi.us/FormCenter/Tourism-9/Order-a-Visitor-Guide-53, to order a 2018 Price County Official Visitor Guide and begin planning your getaway today.   

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1/31/18 @ 2:31 PM
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Price County Guide Report - Anglers had some ups and downs this past week as the area has experienced air temps from 50 degrees down to -15 in a weeks time. Add one substantial snow storm and you can see why fishing is a little inconsistent. The Walleye bite has been mainly in the afternoon to evening with some days earlier than others. Lunar activity has helped target feeding windows. I have found jigging with smaller jig minnow combinations close to the bottom in 15 ft of water has produced best.

Crappie action has been good at first light or near dusk. Small jigs tipped with plastics have had better results than live minnows. Jig color has definitely made the difference. Anglers need to try a variety of color combinations until they get bit. Color is changing daily.

Northern Pike action remains steady in shallow weedy areas. Tip ups with large shiners has been working best.

Price County Area 2018 Ice Fishing Tournaments

February 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble, Solberg Lake, Phillips   

 February 10 ~ Ice Fishing Jamboree on Little Spirit Lake, Spirit/Rib Lake 

 February 17 ~ Soo Lake Fisheree, Phillips

 March 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble, Solberg Lake, Phillips 

Visit our website, http://www.co.price.wi.us/478/Ice-Fishing, for more ice fishing tournament information and to order a 2018 Price County Official Visitor Guide.  

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1/25/18 @ 11:50 AM
FISHING REPORT
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MOON PHASE (59%)
Waxing Gibbous

DNR Report - The warm weather last weekend brought out many people for the free fishing weekend and local contests. The warm weather also brought increased fish activity. Anglers targeting crappies were successful finding them suspended over the deep-water basins. Tip downs with small minnows worked best. Walleyes were hitting in 4-10 feet of water on tip ups with shiners, suckers, or large fatheads. Northern pike were being caught over shallow weeds with shiners set under tip ups. This week’s snowfall is making travel a little more difficult as areas of slush are beginning to show up. There are some deep snow drifts to watch out for as well. With another warm weekend in the forecast, fishing should continue to be good! Be safe, courteous, and enjoy the warmer weather! 

Upcoming Tournaments:

January 27 ~ Winter Fest Ice Fishing Contest, Long, Elk & Duroy Lakes, Phillips

January 27 ~ Ice Fishing Tournament on Soo Lake, Phillips

February 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble, Solberg Lake, Phillips 

February 10 ~ Ice Fishing Jamboree on Little Spirit Lake, Spirit/Rib Lake

 February 17 ~ Soo Lake Resort Fisheree, Phillips

 March 3 ~ Ice Fishing Rumble at Roll-In Point, Solberg Lake, Phillips

Contact us for a visitor guide and a county map to begin planning your Price County getaway today - 800-269-4505.  

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