I am just wondering if anyone has been fishing on Big St. Germain. I am wondering about ice conditions and thickness. Thank you in advance!!
Heading up for the week today and was wondering what the report is like. We have a pontoon boat with kids and want them to catch some fish.
How has the fishing been?
Ray told me about an ice fisheree he's going to run in the early part of February. This doesn't sound right, but I thought he told me it was $5 to enter, and everyone wins at least a $10 prize. Something like 150 spots, which will sell out early.
Fish walleye from early evening into the night hours. Anglers are targeting weedlines, structure bars, and sand flats. While many are still using leeches, that bait is starting to fade. Crawlers on a harness or even a fathead minnow are beginning to move up on the production column. There is a daytime walleye bite, but it's deep. Some hardy anglers are having success row trolling (a dying art) over deep water. Rapalas or spinnerbaits are working. Largemouth are along stumps, heavy weeds and around piers, where there is cover -- in shallow water. Plastic worms in a variety of colors, running from browns to blues, purples and blacks are working; and the rig that is being used doesn't seem to matter. Morning bite for the largemouth seems best. Smallies are off weeds adjacent to deeper water -- 15 feet plus. Find hardbottom and look for rocks and boulders. Live crawlers and big leeches are working, and some anglers are having luck using a crayfish-pattern tube jig. Lots of smaller bluegills biting around the weeds. They're moving at various depths, going from 4 to 12 feet, and even more. A simple presentation is needed. Try a slipbobber with a garden worm, waxie or leech. Good action. Northern are off the shallower weeds (northern tend to be in closer to the weeds than musky). Fish 4 to 8 feet, and use a spinnerbait, or shiny spoon (can be tipped with a piece of pork rind).
All anglers are urged to maintain the great fishing in the St. Germain area by releasing almost everything caught -- especially muskies. Help maintain our area for yourself and future anglers by practicing good and sensible conservation and respect for the resource. (This report for the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce, based on Creative Brilliance interview with St. Germain Sport Marine).