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1/3/20 @ 11:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (55%)
Waxing Gibbous
ICE DEPTH
8 inches
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Crappie are starting to push out to the basins. Found them in shallower, 12-16 fow, last weekend and they pushed out into 22-26 fow lately (edge of a 30+ foot basin). Bite has been finicky so far this season, been tipping plastics with waxies just about every outing and already downsizing to a 4mm jig. I've had a solid 2-4" of good ice on most lakes with anywhere from 2-6" of additional garbage ice. Still been carrying a spud bar with me on lakes without any foot tracks yet, been an odd year all around for ice. 

Slushy just about everywhere, pretty miserable if you don't have rubber boots and waterproof bibs.

Tight lines fellas!

8/31/19 @ 8:31 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (3%)
Waxing Crescent
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
deerfarmer
User since 2/7/08

Got out twice the last week, Sunday morning and Friday evening, fished the same lake looking for a pattern. Sunday morning was slow, caught one 30 inch northern on a twister fishing crappies, one crappie, and blue gills and bass but nothing to brag about. Friday the afternoon bite was better, caught a decent number of crappies, some nice bluegills and a few bass but not much for size. Best action was on fast breaking weed edges, were wind was blowing in to the weeds in water over 10 feet. This is were more what I expect to find in the middle of September then August, the morning bite is better in hot weather, but with the cool temps the fish are not in the summer spots, and nothing was showing up on the fish finder, they must be tight to the weeds. Blue gills liked a piece on Gulp night crawler on a beetle  spinner  fished slow over the deeper weeds, and crappies liked a green twister fished on the same rig. I tried minnows but the blue gills ate them, but did catch a few bass around the 14 inch mark. Good luck over the weekend expect to fish deeper and slower then you do over labor day weekends in the past and you will find fish.


3/20/19 @ 7:42 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE
Full Moon
ICE DEPTH
24 inches
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

If the guy in the F150 that I talked to Saturday morning while struggling to find a place to park in the un-plowed parking lot is on LL, you should shoot me a PM. Curious as to how you did out in the basin of that lake...

Fished a staging location that I did really well at this time last year on Saturday, ~25 fow near a deep weedline on the edge of a deeper basin. Seems that the crappies have started their migration but aren't quite there yet (not sure what it was like in the basin). Most crappies were in the 9-11" range, didn't find any of the big girls that I know are around. Nothing happening on tip-downs, everything came on waxies which is never a good sign. No consistency in color, tried natural and bright UV, glow and non-glow, 3mm-6mm, was kind of a tough bite.

Travel conditions were great, snow and almost all the slush was gone and no ice was lost with the last warm-up. This warm-up is gonna put a beating on the shorelines.

Stay thirsty my friends!

3/11/19 @ 8:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (23%)
Waxing Crescent
ICE DEPTH
24 inches
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Finding the fish hasn't been an issue, and lake travel was actually a lot better this weekend. But overall ice conditions are deteriorating quickly. Had about 4" of ice/slush under the snow and another 4-6" of water under the slush. Holes would fill up with water as you drilled them, pretty much needed a gas-powered auger to get through. Not sure what's going to happen with the rain and warm-up this week, probably going to make conditions even worse.

Fish were tighter to the bottom, 20-30' down but still active. White, pink and red jigs and plastics worked best with tip-downs producing a few.

3/4/19 @ 8:51 AM
FISHING REPORT
MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

30" of snow, 6" of slush and finally 24" of ice - stopped by 4 lakes Saturday afternoon before finding one worth the effort to access. Most lakes don't even have the boat landing plowed out, let alone a path onto the lake.

Finally made it to a fishing hole around 4, big thanks to the snowmobiler who brought me out to the spot. No way I would have walked all the way out to it if it weren't for him! Fortunately first hole, first drop they were hammering the plastics. Felt like a late season crappie bite. Should be a great second half of the season if this keeps up. Fished 25-35 fow with most fish caught 10-15' below the ice. White and pink polka dot tungsten with a pink noodle plastic.

2/13/19 @ 4:04 PM
voldie
User since 2/8/11

When we come up to fish in September musky is what we fish for, the last 5 or so years the size and numbers has been down. Last September I did catch 5 northerns over 30 inches though. We bring Dad up to fish in 1972 he caught a 52 inch musky. We do fish for crappies during the week at least one day. Usually catch enough for a good meal.Still might try to get up before season is over.

2/13/19 @ 3:41 PM
Crappie Driller
User since 11/28/01

Yep, word got out maybe 5-6 years ago and it got completely destroyed!  Everybody and their brother crammed into a 100' circle and kept every crappie...until there were....none.

2/13/19 @ 3:32 PM
Cronk
User since 4/18/12

I fished sand a couple last year with my son. We caught lots of fish both times but they ran awful short. We got crappie and perch. Fished the community hole. Left of the landing toward the other end of the lake.


Cronk

2/13/19 @ 1:47 PM
Junkie4Ice
Junkie4Ice
User since 12/19/11

Voldie - saw your post on the Sand Lake page and wish I could help but I've never been out there. Just about every time I drive past it on my way home I think about stopping at the bar next to the lake to see if they have any info but I haven't gotten around to it. I never see anyone out there fishing, just some snowmobile tracks onto the lake and it does look like someone was out there earlier this season. Someone told me it is mainly a musky lake, but musky gotta eat something too!

2/13/19 @ 1:24 PM
voldie
User since 2/8/11

Do any of you that fish Rusk county lake fish Sand Lake on hwy 40? I get up there every year and fish it in September and have always wanted to try and ice fish it. Just wondering how the fishing is through the ice. Thanks

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