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9/12/2022

The panfish bite is on!  As with everything this year we are a couple of weeks behind schedule, however the bite has gotten good fast.  The bluegills are everywhere it seems like, but size has been challenging.  This year class of keepers seems to be a bit smaller than normal.  That being said you can still get a limit of good eaters, the hogs are just a bit harder to come by.  The crappies are in the dredged areas east of the shop, with decent numbers being reported.  I have also talked to a few people who have gotten into the jumbo perch already!  I think you have to put in some work to find them, but they are out there.  If you are looking to river fish there are plenty of bluegills stacked on wing dams, and the smallmouth bite is excellent right now.  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

By |September 12th, 2022|Fishing Update|0 Comments

6/14/2022

The weather continues to be a problem as has been the trend for quite some time now.  The bluegills are starting to go onto their beds, the cooler weather that we have had up to now has been slowing them down.  The problem is going to be water clarity with all of the rain we got yesterday (June 13th).  Other then the bluegill spawn the rest of the fish are starting to settle into their normal summer habits.  The northern bite remains above average, and I think that will continue through the summer.   The main channel is still a bit high, although if you have been fishing the last few years with the exception of last summer it will seem normal.  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad

By |June 14th, 2022|Fishing Update|0 Comments

5/13/2022

I know people get frustrated when I don’t update the report, however I refuse to post fluff and only will post when I have something meaningful to report.  This warm weather has made the lake change at a really fast pace.  Before these 90 degree days I was just starting to see the crappies move into their staging areas before spawning.  In a matter of a few days I think they have started spawning.  If I am right we are seeing what is normally a 3 week process occur in less than a week.  I have even heard from a few guys that they have seen bluegills in the shallows starting to make beds.  That is amazing considering a little over a week ago we had water temps around 50.  With the weather returning to a more normal trend I hope we will get back to a regular rhythm.  I don’t expect to see the gills continue to make beds, but who knows.  The pike are absolutely on fire with both numbers and size being caught.  Bass are also picking up but its hard to avoid the pike right now.  Stop in for the latest news!

Thanks,

Chad

By |May 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3/6/2022

I don’t have anything specific to report about the bite, but I figured I will update everyone on ice conditions.  The rain did not do as much damage as I was expecting.  I took a walk to the east of the shop and checked some holes.  I did not find anything that less than 18″.  Halfway Creek is currently running high, but it hasn’t eaten the ice back any further from what I can tell.  Water clarity is an issue, but hopefully that settles down in the next few days.

The extended forecast looks good for the ice with temps dipping below freezing almost every night, and some days not getting above freezing.

Stop in for the latest!

Chad

By |March 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2/21/2022

I haven’t posted in a while because there has not been much to talk about.  The good news is fishing is picking up!  The tip-ups are starting to get very active, the northerns should be moving into their pre-spawn areas.  The perch have started moving in as well mostly east of the runway lights.  Crappies have been the steady bite for the winter and continue to bite well.  They are not always in the same place but if you poke around you will find them.  Bluegills are doing fair.  I am really confused about where the big ones are.  This fall was one of the best falls for bluegill fishing that I have seen, and I have yet to see the bigger ones through the ice like I was expecting.

Ice conditions remain good, and the shorelines are still strong.  The warm day yesterday made for a mess on top but we have not lost any ice yet.  Just remember that when we do start losing ice you can stop driving on it before someone puts a vehicle through.

Stop in for the latest info!

Thanks,

Chad

By |February 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/31/2022

We are getting well into the ice season and I am starting to hear some encouraging reports.  The crappies in the deeper water have been active.  There is not a lot of huge ones being caught, but plenty of eaters.  The bluegills are still pretty finicky.  You will have not problems catching the little ones though!  Just in the last few days the perch bite has started to pick up.  The are moving in over by the airport lights, and I expect it to continue to improve.  I haven’t heard any good reports yet, but I expect the northerns to start biting soon as well.  I have heard all sorts of theories about why people haven’t been catching any, but I am very confident that the second half of the season you will see lots of flags.  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,

Chad

By |January 31st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/19/2022

It seems as though we are entering that mid season bite where the fish get really picky.  Outside of bite windows that have varied from mornings to afternoon, you will need to dial in your presentation to what they want that day.  I have found that a lot of times smaller jigs with smaller plastics are the ticket.  As far as where to go the dredged area by the shop down to Marge’s Island has plenty of bluegills and crappies.  There was also a school of perch that were pretty active this last week.  Over by the lights has been unusually slow so far this year.  The tip-up bite has been below average, but I think the second half of the season is going to really pick up for the northerns.  The big perch schools have yet to show up, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you are one of the first ones to find the perch you will have some amazing fishing.  Stop in for the latest report.

Thanks,

Chad

By |January 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1/10/2022

We have had plenty of cold weather recently which has gotten the ice thickness up to 10″ average.  I have seen one car out so far and no trucks.  I expect the vehicle traffic to pick up next weekend.

The early ice bite overall was slower this year.  The fish do not seem to be in their normal winter pattern, and a lot of guys are having trouble dialing in to them.  There are some guys that have figured out the bite and are doing well.  The bluegill bite has been decent and crappies have been biting early and late, with a few throughout the day.  The perch continue to be scarce out at the lights, in the dredged areas some guys are able to scrape together a limit.  The northern bite continues to be good by the lights.  I really expect the fishing to improve over the next week or two if we can get some consistent weather.

Thanks,

Chad

By |January 10th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/27/2021

Guys are pretty much fishing all over the lake now.  I saw the first snowmobile go out this morning, if you do take something out be careful.  I would be a lot more comfortable by the end of the week driving an ATV or snowmobile out.  We are averaging around 5″ of ice.  The fishing has improved over the last week in the dredged areas.  A mixed bag of crappie, bluegill and perch are being caught throughout the day.  From what I have heard the lights are still pretty quiet, although I am sure the perch will be moving in soon.  The northern have been active down off fisherman’s road.  Stop in for the latest report!

Thanks,
Chad

By |December 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

12/23/2021

We have built up around 4 inches of ice and guys are starting to walk down to Marge’s Island.  Yesterday was the first day that the fish really seemed to cooperate.  The bite was good across the board with bluegills crappies and perch being caught.  Be careful over the next few days with the warm weather!  Stop down for the latest report.

Thanks,

Chad

By |December 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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