The lakes I was on today you could drive anywhere w/ 4wd. There’s not that much snow and I didn’t come across any drifting or slush. You could probably get by w/ 2wd just circle back and stop in your tracks.
I don't know of any roads being plowed on any of the lakes up here.
Hey I’m new to Oneida Co and was wondering what lakes might have a road plowed? I’ve been out on a few but since the last snow I’ve had to hike it out and would rather drive.
Wintery weather! The type we’ve grown unaccustomed to this year. High wind, sub-zero temps and 5-6” of very light, fluffy snow slowed anglers this past week. The cold may have helped some anglers as reports of 14-16” of ice on many lakes has eased the worry of truck travel.
Some of the mid-winter dull-drums have hit, but overall, due to a very mild winter, conditions still very good for anglers.
Crappies: Fair-Good – Anglers still finding some weed related fish in 8-12’ using tip-downs with minnows or dropping Lethal Cecils tipped with waxies. More basin fish being caught over mud flats of 16-24’. Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, glow T-Rips and tip-downs baited with small rosies best.
Walleye: Fair-Good – Anglers finding smaller windows of activity, pre-dawn, dusk and later. Jigging Chubby Dartors, 3/8 oz Z-Vibs, Tikka Minnows and Jigging Raps tipped with minnow heads on off shore humps at low light. Some tip-up action on suckers in same areas. Anglers in weeds reporting better results using golden shiners.
Northern Pike: Fair-Good – Anglers reporting action on shiners, suckers, hot dogs and large frozen smelt. (Turns out some Pike won’t bite hot dogs that aren’t kosher…who knew? - haha)
Bluegill: Fair-Good - Mid-mornings through mid-afternoons best. Small dark #3 tungsten jigs tipped with mousses or spikes. Most Gills weed related, yet anglers fishing Crappies over mud in 16-24’ picking up occasional fish.
Yellow Perch: Fair-Good – Movement out over mud basin improves as Perch search for midge and mayfly larvae at this time. Clam Bomb Spoons, Pinhead Jigging Mino, Hali jigs and Pimples to deliver red spikes or wigglers best. Start in 16-18’, but depths as deep as 28-32’ holding Perch on some lakes.
Largemouth Bass: Fair – A few reports of incidental catches on medium shiners and jigs meant for other species.
Despite recent cold building ice, caution still advised. Check conditions, especially if you are first out on the lake.
Following a very low-pressure system midweek that seemed to have shut down most daytime angling (after dark fishing was noticeably better), things improved by the weekend.
Threats of snowstorms and polar vortex cold never really materialized in what has to be the mildest winter the Northwoods has ever experienced. Ice not building very much up through Jan. 18, but not losing either!
Walleye: Poor/good – Following the mid-week slump, flags started popping better for anglers using the standard tip-up baits. Jigging also improved as eyes got more aggressive. Jigging Raps, Clam Tikka Mino, and Shiner Minnows tipped with a minnow head scored well this past week on fish in the low to mid 20” range (slot fish!)
Crappies: Poor/Good – Mid-week it was nighttime only for the most part - glow jigs tipped with waxies on small minnows. By the weekend, daytime angling improved for tip-down anglers using rosies!
Northern Pike: Poor/Good – Fishing river shiners, goldens, and suckers in the 6-12’ cabbage best. Action improved by weekend.
Bluegill: Poor/Good – Small dark jigs tipped with mousses or waxies. Some larger gills found outside weeds over mud in 12-18’ mixed with crappies and perch.
Yellow Perch: Poor/Good – While still nice, perch are mingled in with smaller fish in weeds (use small lake shiners or medium fats to keep the little ones at bay). Better average fish and fewer little ones plying the mud flats using tip-downs with crappie minnows or wigglers on fast dropping chained spoons!
Largemouth Bass: Poor/Good – While medium shiners on tip-downs are good, some anglers are doing better on small Jigging Raps or Slender Spoons
Despite reports of a truck breaking through on the Willow (the current isalwaysa problem there) ice is getting somewhat better this week with lows in the single digits and little snow cover to help build more ice.
Maybe it’s based on how great things have been, lots of anglers on the ice, lower than normal barometer or just an ice fishing hangover! Fishing slowed some this past weekend. Anglers reporting having to work a little harder for the fish they did catch, but catching has continued! With ice thickness on average of 11-13”and only a couple inches of snow on ice, travel by foot, sno-mo or ATV excellent. Can’t recommend truck travel yet, even though it’s being done.
Walleye: Good – Anglers working off shore humps jigging 13 Fishing Majic Mans, Hyper Rattles, Slab Raps and jigging Raps. Scoring fish during the early morning hours and dusk to just after period. Suckers on tip-downs best on these areas while those working 6-12’ weeds at dusk reporting better success on shiners.
Crappies: Good – Weed anglers still finding Crappies in 10-12’ narrow leaf cabbage using Lethal Cecils and Rockers to present plastics and beavertail to fish. Crappie minnows on tip-downs still producing well both there and on mud basin fish in 14-22’ while working Venom Inferno jigs and sling blade jigs tipped with waxies.
Bluegill: Good – Ice anglers getting good results using Clam Dingle Drop and Swirl Drop jigs tipped with mousees in 6-10’ cabbage pockets. Tungsten jig flys offered in a slow drop also a good way to tempt reluctant biters.
Northern Pike: Good – Some very good-sized Pike reported this past weekend, fish to 39” on big shiners over weed tops of 6’ in 12-16’ of water. Smaller Pike active in flats of 6-10’, river shiners and goldens best.
Yellow Perch: Good – Have to search to find active fish. In weeds K-Rips and T-Rips tipped with waxies. Work bait aggressively to attract attention, then hold bait still once an audience arrives. Over mud flats Hali jigs, Kastmasters D-Chain tipped with wigglers or red spikes doing the trick. Tip-downs baited with small rosies or a large wiggler on a #16 treble upping the odds.
Largemouth Bass: Good – Most anglers picking up Bass on tip-ups using medium shiners. Jigging a #3 pimple tipped with a minnow head also producing.
Forecasted temps seem to be holding steady this week, the dreaded “Polar Vortex” to arrive on Sunday with lows in the low teens to highs in low 20’s (it is winter here) shouldn’t be as drastic as predicted. Some more cold to build another 2-3” of ice would make truck travel better. Overall, it’s been an incredible ice season so far.
Anyone have a suggestion on a lake to take kids for some hammer handle pike? Used to fish horsehead but haven't been back since they closed that lot for winter access.
26° - 30° F
fished boom yesterday 20fow fish from 20 ft to 5ft all the gills wanted was spoons with at least 2 grubs on it started at 18ft & up for them color didn't matter.no minnow bite at all.
Wow wow wow. Mother nature has blessed us with an incredible ice fishing season so far. Lots of fish being caught and a lot of big ones this year being reported. Temps have been mild, the ice is thick and the snow level is low. All of which is making for easy travel out there. I'm knocking on every peice of wood I can find to make sure this continues. Remember, next weekend is the Wisconsin DNR free fishing weekend. If you want to come up and try your hand at the sport and not have to buy a license that's the weekend to do it.
Let's look at a few species and what seems to be working. Of course there are a million ways to catch a fish, I'm just going to gloss over a few ways that are popular.
For walleye, low light is the key. When the sun hits the top of the trees and the sky turns red that's when your tip ups and holes should be ready. River shiners of any size are the best under tip ups. The best trebles are the Flirty Girty glow colored in 10, 12, 14 sizes. If your jigging for the golden goose use one of a myriad of spoons and drop baits. I hate to name a few but it's hard to go wrong with a Jiggin' Rap, Rippin' Rap, Leech Spoon, and Kastmaster. There are soooo many variations of these made by other companies it can be hard to choose. Trust your instincts. There's no wrong answer here. As far as colors start with Fire Tiger or Perch and explore from there.
For northern pike, use a big minnow under a tip up. Big river shiners and pike suckers are very hardy and will work hard in the water for you. Use a double treble hooked rig to maximize your hook set probability. Or use a leader with a flashing spoon to help draw their attention to the bait.
Bluegill are easy but can be frustrating. Small jigs tipped with waxies, mousies or spikes will usually catch them. Crappie Fireballs will also catch them but your hook better be sharp or you'll never get the ball on your hook. Beavertails and Chena bait also works great. Lots of guys have a special way to cut those baits up to make them even more seductive. Colors can matter and if you've looked at any of our jig walls you know there is almost an infinite choice out there. But trust your instincts. If there was only one way to catch gills I wouldn't have to stock so much stuff in the store.
We'll take up Perch, bass and crappie next time. Until then, get out there. If your too busy to go fishing, you're too busy. And take a kid and make a friend.
If you'd like to go fishing with us go to https://deweycatchemandhow.com/pages/northwoods-fishing-guide-service for details. We are having a ball this year. Come on and be a part of it. You'll be glad you did!
Our minnow supply is great which come direct from trappers in central Wisconsin. Right now we have crappie minnows, fatheads, XL fatheads, Walleye Suckers, Northern Bait Minnows, Blacktail Chubs, River Shiners, Golden Shiners, Rosie Reds, Emerald Shiners, and Redtail Chubs. We also have white, red and multi-colored spikes, wax worms and mousies in small or bulk containers.
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- Friday, January 8, 2021
Thanks xlesox, we will take a look at the map and hit some structure and weeds out there. Likely will do some other exploring too. Thanks again!