January 16, 2017
Temps are warming and fishing continues to improve daily. Last week arctic cold air was followed up by temps rising into the 20’s by the weeks end. The shallower humps in Walker Bay were the most productive, with most fish coming during the prime time morning and evening hours. Seeking new ground was key, as the structures that have not been fished yet is where we found the most active fish. Smaller Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or a small shiner minnow on a plain hook.
The main lake has been most productive during the evening and overnight hours. The most productive areas have been Huddles Reef, the structure off of Diamond Point and Variety Reef. Best depths seem to be somewhere between 17-21 ft, with a few fish coming in the overnight hours shallower.
Ice conditions continue to improve and we are now seeing 18-24 inches of ice in most areas on the main lake. The current snowpack is still small enough that off road travel is still an option for most. We have over ten miles of open roads out of Trappers Landing Lodge for those pulling hard houses providing anglers with this option as well.
Good luck and be safe out there!