Minocqua, Lac du Flambeau, St Germain, Boulder Junction, and Manitowish Waters Fishing Report

Oh man. You talk about nice weather. We had a fantastic weekend. Lots and lots of fisherfolks out. Sunny warm, not too windy. There must have been over 100 people at one gathering I saw on stacks bay on Saturday. I'm not sure catching fish was as important to them as having a good time. It's the one thing that ice fishing has all over open water fishing. The social aspect. Getting a bunch of folks together, young and old, and having a party on the ice is awesomely fun.

I fished three lakes over the weekend. Not a bit of slush to be found. Snowmobiles and ATVs are getting around easily and I've even seen more than a few trucks and cars out there. Although I still would not advise that everywhere, pick your spots wisely. There's a lot of hard pack out there which makes it quite enjoyable to move around.

How's the fishing? It's really picking up. As usual the advice is lake dependent but for the most part if there's deep water that's probably where you are gonna finder the hungry ones right now. If there isn't any deep ones look for the deepest, greenest weeds you can find. Most action has taken place at low light periods of the day but you can still pop a few during the brightest parts, just deeper or really buried in the weeds. On a scale of 1-10 last week was a 5 but the past few days have been 6-7. We're still waiting for that late ice feed bag but it's not quite here yet. The bite windows are small but as always there are exceptions. There were a couple of guys this morning that were popping the crappie pretty good at 11am with clear blue skies in 10' of weeds. Very small jigs are key right now and something that sparkles or glows will help get their attention. Notice I haven't mentioned any fish in particular here. That's cuz in one way or another you can apply all these incredible words of wisdom to all species. It's like your first 8th grade dance. If you want that shy cute one to come over and ask you to dance you better stand out from the crowd in some way. BTW, why was it always the boys job to ask the girls to dance? Um, I digress.

Get out there kids. We got until March 1 to fish for the game fish. Then we'll have to wait until May Opener to do it again. So you got one more weekend to bag the big one and the weather looks like it's gonna be great again!

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Later, I'm going fishing!
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Jeff Bolander, owner of Dewey, Catchem and How Bait Shop and Guide Post at www.DeweyCatchemAndHow.com
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