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.
Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County
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)
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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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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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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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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