Got out in the evening yesterday and the crappie bite is just starting. Found active fish in 6-8 FOW. Minnows under a bobber worked for me. Looking for some stable warmer weather to kick things into gear
First report of the spring
Finally got out last night. Only fished a little less than an hour, targeted perch and catfish. Got a few perch in about 6FOW near a creek and lost a nice cat. Was using crawlers.
The early crappie bite should be just days away as water temps are rising pretty rapidly
Travel on the ice is becoming difficult. Might get better once the snow melts if the remaining ice firms up again. Otherwise there are just a few days left on the main lake. Lots of ice remains, but the slop on top is wreaking it quickly.
Did manage to get out, but only got wet feet.
6° - 10° F
Managed to get out for the last hour on a favorite rock pile. The walleye are biting. Small profile jigging spoons with a minnow head worked aggressively seemed the ticket. Warmer weather ahead should keep the walleye active through the end of the season. Late season and pan fishing are just around the corner.
Best description of this weekends fishing was SLOW and COLD. The fish were moving around and interested in looking at baits, but those that actually bit were few and far between. Only fished evenings because of the weather, but both evenings the walleye bit after 4-dark. Actively worked jigging spoons out fished set lines. Smaller profiles worked actively worked best for me. Castmasters and the like in glow and or glow perch with a minnow head.
Managed a handful of walleye below and in the slot and a few smaller pike. Better than sitting around. Lots more cold ahead. The active fish we found were in 15-10 FOW moving toward dark
Fishing remained slower this weekend. Managed a few walleye off rock piles in 20ish FOW and a nice mixed bag on a 20' flat.
Jigging spoons out fished deadsticks but a better variety came deadsticking. Active fish were 1.5-3 foot off the bottom.
February is here, the fish are deeper and biting more intermittently, the last 90 min of light has still been pretty good
Best advice to any hard water first timers on Holcombe:
1- Its not an easy lake to fish, but there are plenty of fish to be caught if you know where to fish, which is not a specific spot, but a pattern you need to figure out day to day.
2- The fish are not necessarily where the crowds are
3- Fish relate almost exclusively to the underlying river systems, especially mid-winter
4- Gold, glow and red are the best colors in that order
5- Either set up in a "funnel" or move until you find fish, this is not a basin lake, the fish move constantly
6- Fish are tighter to the bottom than is typical
Walleye, Crappie and some pike have been biting and have moved deeper, 20ish FOW is important except at first and last light.
Things were slow this weekend but managed a few crappie and walleye in deeper water in a side river channel. 25-30 FOW with minnows dead-sticked or a gold jigging spoon w minnow head. Cast masters and tingler spoons worked for me.
Travel on the ice is pretty good. I've seen trucks pretty much everywhere on the lake. There are "safe" ways to get out on most parts of the lake with a car/truck.
The Lions park area has as much current as almost anywhere on the flowage. It is NOT where I would suggest anyone with a full size truck access the other side of the lake. Holcombe has many access points. Pick one close to where you're intending to fish would be a good start when it comes to safety.
The bite has slowed down a bit this last week, but hopefully will pick up in the next couple days. Fish are starting to move deeper (20+ fOW)
As to a night bite. I've been trying to find one for 10 years and have yet to be successful (still trying) My experience has been that within 30 min of sundown the bite stops, but I'm certain I just have yet to find where they move to.
Posting a bit of a late report. The walleye have been biting pretty well in mid depth waters (12-18') That pattern should persist for a few weeks longer. The best baits have been jigging spoons in gold, glow or red tipped with half a minnow and dead sticks.
The walleye have been really hugging the bottom with most active fish coming from the bottom to 1 foot up. Areas adjacent to current and deeper water have been the most productive. Overall ice traffic is up this year. Staying away from the crowds seems to help, but we've heard some pretty good reports from the bigger groups targeting crappie in the "shanty towns".
First time ever on the lake yesterday, did really good overall. Landed many smaller crappies with a decent mix of 10-12" crappies. Only kept a few to eat for one meal. Also landed a 11lb 30" channel catfish. Then caught two smaller walleyes later in the day.
Did a bit of traveling, ice off of pine point county park was prob 11-12". Ice off of Lake Holcombe Lions campground was about 8-10". I did see a full size pickup in this area next to the mini shanty town. I personally wouldn't take out a truck just yet but to each their own I guess.
Lots of atv and snowmobile travel throughout the main lake.
Below 40° F
21° - 25° F
Fished Friday afternoon tell about 7pm. 3 flags, 2 drops and a good walleye popped off at the hole. Caught a few nice crappies right on the edge of the channel. At least 10 inches of ice, didn't measure but seen a few half ton trucks out taking their chances.
Fished sportsman’s ( lions club) on Sunday- not a single bite in 4 hours. Was a couple atv’s out. Lots of people- seen a couple flags but they didn’t haul anything in.
Was out over the holidays. Our group did well on walleye, perch and pike,fishing in 6-16 FOW. Saw others getting flags and icing some nice pike.
The ice on the back end of Cranberry should be good, not sure about the big lake near Pine Point. We have been mostly in sheltered areas.
The walleye are still biting in 8-12 FOW that funnels into shallower feeding areas. With the new snow cover that pattern will probably end soon. We've been getting a good mix of walleye below, in and above the slot as well as some perch and pike.
Start looking for 12-18 foot structures that are adjacent to flowing water for walleye or slightly deeper pools for crappie. Especially after the big holiday cool down.