Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County
MOON PHASE (6%)
16° - 20° F
Below 40° F
Guests reporting 7-10" of ice within 300 yards or so of shore. Good action on walleyes with tip ups on rock humps/bars.
Not much ice in the rest of the state... we have cabins open $95 a night... share with your ice fishing friends...thanks!
MOON PHASE (3%)
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With high temps and little to no snow on the lakes, this weekend was a dream for most fisherman. It seemed like all species were feeding well with large bite windows all weekend. However the warm weather and lack of snow are starting to take a toll on the local business’. Bad snowmobiling conditions.
Bluegill - Good/Great: Most bluegills coming over deep weed edges associated to mid lake structure. A lot of smaller fish hanging tight in the weeds a bit shallower. Tungsten jigs tipped w two white spikes were key.
Crappie - Fair/Good: Some anglers report catching crappies in 18-25 fow suspended over mud and some are finding them still in good green weeds mixed in with the bluegills. Again tungsten w plastics or spikes working well.
Perch - Fair/Good: Keeper perch coming off mud flats (8 fow) using automatic fisherman and tip downs. Crappie minnows and small shiners were working the best.
Pike - Good/Great: The pike really seemed fired up with this warm weather and snowy storm front blowing in. Seemed the majority of fish were in 10-12 fow with good weeds coming up 5 or 6 feet. Large Shiners and Walleye Suckers were doing the trick. Only hanging them 2-3 ft below the ice seemed to work well until dark, then the fish were more lethargic and we moved our baits down to a few feet off bottom. Finding a hole you weren’t getting tangled in weeds was hard but that’s where you’d get them.
Walleye - Great/Excelent: The Walleye bite thus far has been fantastic. Northern Wi rarely sees these types of conditions for an extended period of time. No snow and warm weather again making it ideal to drive right to your spot. No hiking a mile or trekking the sled and trailer to the lake. We caught multiple eaters and a few trophies on different bodies of water. Most of the fish we did manage were located in that 10-20 ft range and were most aggressive at sunrise and sunset. The majority coming off shiners on tip ups.
PS reason I’m asking is looking for an action pike/bass area near Mantiowish Waters the first weekend in Feb. have some little ones and their fathers who act like littles ones. Been doing some research and have some ideas, but I ice fish up there once a year so looking for some local knowledge to help out. Willing to pay for some advice also considering I highly doubt a guide would be available that weekend.
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Fished another popular walleye/perch fishery and found some nice eater perch and action from a couple small walleyes. Weather change Saturday afternoon really shut things down. Deeper sand grass areas were key locations. Lots of vehicle traffic on this body of water yesterday. Approximately 16 inches of ice. Lake access and ice conditions are in general exceptional for the first week of January. That being said always be cautious on the ice!
I'll try this again.
All is good and 12 Ice houses are in place on several different lakes. Guiding is going very well and reservations are limited. I will be posting now for all fishing reports.