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2/9/18 @ 5:11 PM
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Batman1
Batman1
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE (31%)
Waning Crescent

Been doing a lot of fishing, asking a lot of questions to others and plenty of observing the past week. I have found one thing that has been pretty consistent in this area, especially with our tip up fishing. For instance yesterday...2 of us fished off the Sweeney lake boat landing about 150 yrs. off shore in 7-8 ft. of water from noon till 3:00 in this area that is usually ok for northern. NO flags and our 6 golden shiners were all dead when we picked up...Went to Towanda about 150 yrs. Off the boat landing 12-15 ft. of water. 3:30-7:00 for walleye NO flags and again 6 dead minnows. I am concluding that the oxegyn levels are really poor in these smaller to midsized lakes, especially on or near the bottom. 3 days of this and almost all of my minnows were dead on 6 different lakes. Reports from others are similar.  I will try fertile lakes this next week with current or springs in hopes of finding better water.. This might make a good Forum topic. 

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2/8/18 @ 9:28 PM
yobberbobber
yobberbobber
USER since 2/19/10

Looking for a little help. I’m taking my wife up for a Valentine’s Day fishing trip for a few days late next week. She absolutely loves to ice fish and I haven’t been coming through for her lately. She actually went out with me two years ago on Winnibigoshish when the morning temperature was -37 degrees.  This will only be our second time out this year.  We’re staying on Little St. Germain and I’ve never fished Vilas County before. From what I’m seeing the fishing on this lake doesn’t look promising. Can anyone steer us towards a nearby lake where I might be able to put her on her favorite fish, perch? Thanks in advance. ( the picture is from our Minnesota trip two years ago)

Edited on 2/8/18 9:34 PM
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2/6/18 @ 8:54 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 @ 9:57 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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2/2/18 @ 10:37 AM
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esoxal
esoxal
USER since 6/29/01

MOON PHASE (93%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
18 inches

Shallow weed lake has produced multiple limits of eater Perch, good action on Northerns from 25"-30", and even a 20" Largemouth along with some nice Blugills, Pumpkinseed, and Crappies.  Cold fronts slow the perch fishing some but still manage to produce fish by hole hopping to target moving fish.  

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2/1/18 @ 6:12 PM
DiverDown1976
DiverDown1976
USER since 8/6/12

If you marked them I’d say your in the general area...

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2/1/18 @ 6:08 PM
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tight_lines
tight_lines
USER since 3/5/14

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

My buddy and I went out on long lake hoping for a lake trout. We marked a couple fish but couldn’t get them to commit. We were fishing in 42-58 feet of water. I was curious where on the lake we could find them. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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2/1/18 @ 12:49 PM
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sapman
sapman
USER since 8/16/01

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

Just got back from vilas County. Did well on perch using spikes. Only half the fished marked bit, but plenty for a fish fry. 

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1/30/18 @ 12:55 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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1/30/18 @ 9:16 AM
schiltzy
schiltzy
USER since 1/20/15

I know its a far stretch to ask but I'm gonna try lol

I'm comin up fishing this weekend and staying at a cabin by little spider lake and I have some family comin I really just wanna get them on some fish!

They don't get out much anymore my dad and his best friend are retired vets just like to feel that fight! They really wanna catch some walleyes but anything that bites will satisfy them, the walleyes would just be an added bonus


PM me with ANY info or help that you're willing to give! You're also more than welcome to join us! We're a very friendly group of people just lookin to relax an catch some fish

And at the very least..thanks for taking the time to read this! Tight lines and good luck everybody 

Edited on 1/31/18 8:29 AM
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