Weather continues to be the hot topic for the lake.  Luckily we cooled down after the rain and all of the slop has pretty much frozen up.  From what I can tell we didn’t lose any measurable amount of ice, but I would be a bit more cautious in the areas that can be trouble.  The water has become a bit more stained but adjusting colors should take care of that problem.  I went out fishing yesterday afternoon and managed to catch some nice crappies and perch.  The sunset bite is definitely worth sticking around for and I caught my biggest crappie after dark.  The northern bite has continued to be excellent with both good sized fish as well as numbers coming out of the airport lights area.  The perch have also become more active over there but there are still days where they just don’t move through that area.  If you have been out and aren’t having much luck try moving to new areas.  Almost every day I talk to guys who are doing really well, and usually it is because they were flexible with location and presentation.  This weekend is the Atomic Ice Derby and we will be open until 8 PM Friday night and open at 4 AM Saturday morning.

By |January 23rd, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


The big swings in the weather are making it really difficult to give an accurate fishing report.  With the warm up that is forecasted I expect the fish patterns to change from what they are now with the cold weather.  The bite did slow down with the temps dropping, but not as much as I expected.  I think a lot of fisherman who got frustrated were just not able to adjust to the new patterns.  With the 6″ of snow we just got that will lower the light under the ice significantly.  That may bring the crappies off of the bottom during the day.  The crappie bite has improved significantly in the last few days, I have gotten multiple reports of guys catching keepers during the day.  Your best bet is still early and late.  Over by the lights the northern and bass continue to hit well, but the perch bite has been sporadic with more days last week being a bust then good.  That bite really varies day to day so if you are after jumbo perch your best bet is to go check by the lights and move on if you’re not seeing any activity.  Surprisingly there has been a good bluegill bite when the perch are not moving through.  I expect all fishing to improve with the weather this week. Below is a picture of a big perch that an employee of Schafer’s caught yesterday afternoon!

By |January 15th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


This warm spell is good news for the fishing!  I think if we would have stayed as cold as we were the fish would have slowed way down.  If you have been waiting for the tip ups to get going it’s time.  Over by the lights the bass are very active, and nicer northerns have been caught.  The biggest so far that I have heard of is 38″.  The perch bite by the landing lights has continued to be feast or famine, however as a bonus guys have been pulling up some nice gills as well.  The crappies are active morning and evening with good size if you find the right area.  Since Tony retired he has been out and doing pretty well.  Here are some pictures of the bigger fish from the last time he was out.

By |January 9th, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


The bite remains good despite all of this cold weather that we have had.  The extended forecast looks really promising with lots of warmer weather coming up.  The bluegill bite in shallower water has been good, find a hole in the weeds and you will be in business.  The perch bite has slowed down in the dredge lines although there are still some around, but over by the lights depending on the day you can still get jumbos.  The crappies have been frustrating midday but early and late remain good.  The tip ups have been doing well over by the lights with some big bass being caught along with the northern.  There are lots of northern and bass in the dredge lines by the shop as well, but you have a better chance of catching one on a jig pole as you do a tip up for whatever reason.  I was able to get out fishing myself for the first time yesterday, below is a picture of what I ended up keeping.  I found that a widowmaker jig with B-Y baits plastic was the ticket.  Stop in and I will show you what I was using!

By |January 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


We now have enough ice that people are driving out just about everywhere.  If you stick to the main travel routes you should have no issues.  The perch bite has continued to be good, and I have also heard that jumbos are being caught over by the lights.  Just hope that you get out there on the right day, some days the schools seem to go elsewhere.  The crappies and bluegill bite has picked up in the dredge lines and guys are pulling in more numbers.  Don’t be afraid to fish away from the crowds I know of several areas where guys are catching fish and there are only one or two shanties.



By |January 2nd, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


This cold weather has been exactly what the ice needed.  We are approaching or at 10″ for most of the lake, I heard that a car was out by the lights yesterday.  The perch bite has been really good as the picture below shows.  Those fish were caught yesterday with a minnow head on a swedish pimple.  Overall the bite is good as long as you can stay warm!  Stop in and I can get you setup with the gear you need to catch fish!

By |December 29th, 2017|Fishing Update|0 Comments


I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas!  Since my last post the ice has thickened considerably, we are averaging 6″ and increasing quickly with this cold weather.  There has been four wheelers out here and by the lights and I expect to start seeing the permanent shanties on the ice.  As far as fishing goes the perch have been biting well out in front of the shop as well as the bluegills.  The crappies have been shutting down in the morning when the sun comes up, but guys are picking up a few during the day also.  Over by the lights the perch fishing has been decent, and some really nice northerns have been pulled up on tip ups.  Stop in for the hot colors and the latest report!



By |December 26th, 2017|Fishing Update|0 Comments


We have our first brave souls crossing the ice!  I spoke to them when they got out there and they reported 4″ most of the way across, and 3″ where they setup.  Make sure that you are using a spud.  As you can see I have the ramp installed so you can now access the ice from my parking lot on foot or with an ATV/UTV (ice permitting).

By |December 21st, 2017|Fishing Update|0 Comments


As with the last post there is not much new.  The ice has not thickened enough to get much farther out then the docks by the landing, and it sounds like other early spots are the same.  The only good news I have heard is that by the sailboat club people are able to creep out into the lake a bit.  As always be careful in a week or so we will be making some good ice!



By |December 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Not a ton of new information only I watched a guy try and spud farther out from the landing towards Rosebud and did not get far before turning around.  Long term the forecast looks promising but the next week or so we are not going to be adding a ton of ice.



By |December 13th, 2017|Fishing Update|0 Comments