February 1st Ice Fishing Report

Ice Fishing for Northern Pikes Very Good in Phelps!

Larry DavisNorthern Pike:

We have been finding them from 8-14 feet of water.  Set tip-ups 1-2 foot above the weed tops tipped with a medium to large golden shiner or a sucker minnow. The bite seems to be good to very good all day long until dark.


At this time, we are setting up along the deepest weed edges during the day and in the evening we are looking to rock humps that have deeper water around them using tip-ups tipped with golden shiners set 1-2 foot above the bottom.  The bite has just been fair. Jigging, we are still using rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head.


We are finding them deep in the main lake basins suspended just a few feet off the bottom. Jigging with tungsten jigs tipped with either plastic tail, spikes or waxies will get you bit. Bite has been fair during the day light hours.


Getting them on deep rock bars jigging a tungsten live bait combo of wigglers, spikes, waxies or crappie minnows.


Using small ice jigs tipped with spikes or waxies in shallow weed of 4-8 feet of water.

Weather & Ice Update:

The weather we are having is making a lot of slush on top of the ice after you drill your holes and could make travel a little more difficult on the way off the ice. Please be careful out there. Happy Fishing!

Colin winter northernYour Local Ice Fishing Update is Courtesy of Colin Crawford’s Guide Service?

Colin is a Wisconsin licensed fishing guide offering year round multi-species guide service in northeastern Vilas County. He previously divided his time between guiding and fishing in several circuits and major tournaments; now his time on the water is as a local guide. Additionally, Colin has written several articles, both on-line and for various publications. Remember – selective harvest is the way to go.

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