Fishing Reports

Fishing with the Guides  by George Langley.   Week of   12/15 to 12/22.

We are still somewhat in misery as far as ice fishing conditions go. There are reports of slush pretty much everywhere, and it is difficult to get around. To add to that, you need to check ice thickness as you go out or move around, because we didn't have enough time to build some nice ice before the heavy snows hit. And that snow hasn't stopped hitting. We just can't catch a break this winter, but we don't have a lot of snow in the forecast and the weather is going to be pretty nice for a while. We don't mind if it is cold at night – that just builds some ice.

To add to our concerns, it looks like one of those years where there will be some oxygen problems on many lakes. It's a long way away, but an early spring would sure be nice for our fish population. And for the deer population also.

Walleye fishing has been OK for the few anglers getting out there. Evening bites have been the norm, with the usual tip-up bites with shiners or sucker minnows. It has been tough to work in the slush areas with the tip-ups, but some anglers are reporting decent conditions with small shovels. What many of us look for under conditions like this is more people getting out there and creating more “worked” snow areas, so it is easier to get around. So, get out there!

The same basic conditions apply to the northern anglers. You can have success in the weeds for these fish during the daytime with tip-ups and large shiners. Generally, set these tip-ups in the same areas that you are panfish fishing.

Speaking of panfish, there have been a few anglers toughing it out. The fishing has been relatively slow at this point. A few bluegills and some crappies have been reported using waxies, but that is about it for these fish until the snow packs down a little.

Another short report for our fishing efforts, but it will improve as the conditions improve. As for cross country skiing and snowshoeing – conditions are fantastic, so get out there and enjoy it!

Good luck and good fishin’!


Cross Country Trail Updates/Reports

Escanaba trails

Trails are groomed for classic cross-country skiing and were tracked on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Comments: Due to steady rain for the last 16 hours, ( currently 8 AM Sunday December 29) trail grooming will be suspended until conditions improve. No hiking please as the base will be soft and easily damaged. Thank You

Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2019 8:38:25 AM
  Directions: Map
Phone: 715-356-3668
Property information: Website

WinMan Trails - Open  

Anvil Lake Trail - Nicolet/Chequamegon Forest Open


Snowshoeing - Open     

  • Fallison Lake Nature Trail - 5 miles, intermediate to difficult
  • Star Lake Nature Trail - 2.5 miles, easy to intermediate
  • Lumberjack Trail - 12.5 miles, easy to intermediate
  • North Trout Lake Nature Trail - 1 miles, easy
  • Tom Roberts Nature Trail - 0.5 miles, easy
  • Cathedral Point Road - 2 miles, easy


2019 Wisconsin deer harvest summary

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