Northerns continue their run as the hot bite with a 44 inch 25 lb monster leading the pack.  There is a video floating around on facebook of the catch, and the gentleman that caught it was nice enough to release it back into the water.  That may be the biggest fish but there have been plenty measuring around that 40″ mark being caught.  If you are into northerns now is the time.  The perch bite continues much the same.  Some guys are getting out in front of the schools and catching a lot of nice perch, and others report not catching a single fish all day.  The key is finding where the schools are moving through that day.  You can also pick up some in the dredge lines but not in any significant numbers.  The bluegills are shallow and deep, but they seem to be more active in the shallower water.  The crappie bite has not changed much you need to fish early and late with very few guys catching many during the day.

The Atomic Derby was interesting this year.  It seemed like there were less people fishing on the lake then the previous Saturday.  I think people who were not in the derby stayed away from the lake, and people in the derby were drawn to pool 8 with the prize tent being at Moxie’s this year.  I have heard from people what the big fish were, but not from any official sources so I would rather not post them.  Bottom line is no need to worry about post derby fishing being any worse than any other day.

On a side note there is going to be a fish crib building day on Saturday February 24th.  If you are willing to volunteer your help is most welcome.  Stop down and sign up when you get the chance, they won’t build themselves.



By |January 31st, 2018|Fishing Update|0 Comments


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