Ice Fishing Report – 2/27/15
With the colder temperatures in the last week, ice depths have been slowly increasing and most lakes across the North are now in the 15” to 18” range for ice thickness. Access conditions have remained a bit difficult, as the numerous light snowfalls and high winds have been blowing the snow around and creating some deeper drifts. As such, most anglers are sticking to the packed or plowed trails. The cold and windy weather of the past week has kept fishing pressure at a relatively low level. The die-hard walleye and panfish anglers have continued to venture out and most are experiencing some variable success. The regular walleye ice anglers have reported a little spike up in action, as the longer daylight hours seem to have increased fish activity. The best bite has occurred in the late afternoon hours, and a few decent catches have been made on medium suckers or XL fatheads in 6’ to 10’ of water near the deep break lines and the mud/muck flats. Most of the walleye have been in the 12” to 15” size, but a few up near 20 inches have also been reported. Panfish success has continued to be inconsistent and these anglers have been moving around quite a bit – both lake to lake, and from spot to spot on a lake. Active fish have been hard to come by, with each hole often producing only one or 2 fish before the angler has to move on to the next hole. Overall catches have been low, and anglers have had to work to bring home a decent bag of 8 to 10 fish. The crappie that have been caught are being found in deep water and suspended 2 to 4 feet off the bottom, and the perch have been just off the bottom on the mud flats in 4’ to 10’ of water. DNR Senior Fisheries Biologist Thomas “Skip” Sommerfeldt
2/24/15 – The Johnny Angel Fund held its fisheree on Butternut lake this past Saturday. The nice weather brought many families out on the ice. Northern pike action was very good all day. Many fish in the 22 -25″ class were caught. Tip ups with medium shiners iced the most fish. Walleye action wasn’t far behind with some nice fish in the 15 -19′ range taken. Crappie action was a little slow but the fish that were caught were in the 10- 14′ class. This fund raiser is for a great cause and if you didn’t attend this year mark your calendar for next year. The have some very nice prizes. Joe Brezinski, Northland Guide Service
- Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree - February 28, 7:00 am. – 5:00 pm.
Headquartered out of Donner’s Bay Resort on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage on Cash prizes will be given for the largest fish caught in several categories. Food, warm and cold beverages and tickets for many raffles will be for sale inside the lodge.
Accessing Private Forest Land Public access to more than 64,000 acres of private land in Price County that is supposed to be available for hiking, fishing, hunting, and other recreational purposes has become easier. The Department of Natural Resources has launched a web-based mapping tool that is intended to help people find parcels that should be open to the public because of tax breaks provided to the owners. Visit the Wisconsin DNR Website for more information.