January Fishing Report

 Local Ice Fishing Update

January 25, 2016

Northern Pike:

We have been finding them from 5-12 feet of water.  Set tip-ups 1-2 feet 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 having good luck setting up along the deepest weed edges we can find using tip-ups tipped with golden shiners set 1-2 foot above the bottom.  The bite is fair to good in the mornings and evenings.  Jigging, we are using rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head in the same weed line edges.


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 to good 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 will get you a mess of these tasty table fares.

Ice Fishing Report for PhelpsYour 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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Happy Ice Fishing in Phelps!

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