AWARENESS OF SURROUNDINGS MAKES LAKES SAFER AND MORE ENJOYABLE
Wow, with this cold snap and a lack of snow, ice conditions are in great shape. Some commonsense is still needed when traveling on the ice in your vehicle; make sure neck down areas and thoroughfares are safe before you keep going. If you are unfamiliar with the lake, ask around to make sure there aren’t areas that need to be avoided or to take extra caution. Remember that some of the area lakes are also marked with barrels for snowmobiles and to punch your holes away from the trail areas. The lakes are shared by outdoor enthusiasts for lots of different purposes and consideration of each other makes for a more enjoyable time by all.
Fish are still being found on the weed edges and in the deeper weeds. Shiners and suckers are both working for these water wolves. On the edges the set up should be tip ups set a foot or so off the bottom. When fishing the weeds, set your tip ups so that your bait is just above the tops of the weeds.
Setting tip ups on the weed edges and on the breaks coming in from deeper water will help intercept these fish coming in at low light periods to feed. Jigging the deep weed edge and rock humps will produce eyes also. Also, on the same areas with baits like the buckshot rattle spoon are producing fish.
Bluegills are being found in the weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic. Perch are being caught on the deep weed edge where the mud meets. Crappies are being found off the first break off of the deep weeds in some lakes and found suspended over the deep water basin.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford’s Guide Service, email@example.com (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.