The crappie are just starting to come shallow to spawn, so deeper areas adjacent to shallows should be good during the day and into the afternoon. Shallow for crappie on Holcombe doesn't necessarily mean 3-4 ' of water. I've gotten most of my spawn time crappie on Holcombe in 5-9'. Brushy or weedy 6-8' is ideal. Areas with some flow are best. There's lots of that so you gotta find which of that they are on. The good news is that the walleye are there too feeding post spawn. There is no "magic spot" the fish move constantly.
61° - 65° F
76° - 80° F
Went out to enjoy some of the warm weather yesterday and fought the wind most of the day. Didn't have much luck in the shallows but found a few crappies on sunken wood in 9-12 feet of water. Saw other boats trying shallow water but didn't see anyone flippin fish into their boats either. I figured with the water temps as warm as they were they would be in but maybe I just need to keep exploring other locations. Good luck!
26° - 30° F
Drove out and fished for an hourish yesterday, got a couple crappies by highbanks. Solid ice everywhere, saw a SUV drive clear across the lake. Fishing has been pretty steady all year. Crappies definitely seem like they're on the bottom of the cycle, average this year is 8", walleye have been consistently active this year, lots of >12", definitely need to work for the bigger ones. Walleye are still in the 15' areas and the crappies are anywhere from 13' to 23' depending where you fish.
Anyone driving trucks out yet?
Fished the last several days with some luck. Walleye in 12-16 FOW on jigging spoons and tip downs. Managed several nice eyes and got a few perch and crappie thrown in. The best bite was late morning and around 3:30. Didn't mark that many, but got a good number of those that did show up to bite.
Travel on the lake is still questionable. As of yesterday there was about 2" of slush under the snow. Didn't see any vehicles and just a few ATVs out.
Was just wondering if anyone ever goes back in the bays by isle bay and ice fish
Big bay just east of the lions park, water comes right to the road
Fished pigs bay from 7:30-11:30 this morning 10 1/2 inches of ice, bite was a lil slow but managed 5 crappie 10-11 inches a 13" walleye and a walleye just short of 14", released a couple smaller crappie too
Went out through the wayside landing this morning from 7-10 was very slow. Other people didn’t have much luck either. About 8-10” of solid ice in wayside bay but once u get out into channel it’s very slushy. Only had 4” in one spot.
Got 4 cats over the weekend including a 29" brute. All on stinkbait (Sonny's). First two came right at sundown near the buoys north of pine point. Second two were on the big bend in the Chippewa arm closer to 6:00 pm. All in 15-20 feet of water at the edge of a break.
Boat traffic on the Chippewa was pretty heavy, but didn't seem to bother the cats.
No luck on cut bait, and crawlers got picked clean real fast.
Tried a few other spots with no results. Harder bottom seemed to be the ticket.
Got 5 24" northerns back in Pine lake and another west of the campground on a buzz bait. Fun, but slow going.
Father-in-law got a couple of 18"+ walleyes dragging leeches.
The lake is about 80% open, but as of yesterday the ramps were still frozen as well as most of the back bays etc.. I would think however with the warmth and rain this week that the lake should be entirely open by Friday or Saturday. Will post later this week when the launch is ice free.
Went out today and had a lot of lookers. Ended fishing all day and ended with two small eyes that are still swimming. Threw the tackle box at the tipped with waxies or minnow head. Headed back out tomorrow!
21° - 25° F
Ventured out on my homebody of water late this afternoon, managed to catch a few nice Krappie(lol).
If your not familiar with holcombe be very careful..there's lots of current in areas..stay away from bridges..good luck