Fishing Reports

Fishing with the Guides  by George Langley.   Week of   1/26 to 2/2.

Once again, relentless snow has made ice conditions harder for us to get around on. What a winter this year! Depth on the ice varies from a few inches in current areas on the Chain to a good solid 10 – 12” on a few lakes. You just can't trust it, though, and should check if you are moving into “virgin” territory. A number of vehicles have gone through the ice in the Northwoods. We can say that most, but not all, lakes are safe for 4 wheelers and snowmobiles.

This warmer weather has slimmed the snowpack down throughout the area, but we keep getting replacement snow. We have seen a big increase in ice anglers in the last several weeks, as people are getting stir crazy. Also, the fishing has been pretty good.

Snow conditions for the skiers and the snowshoe users are great in the whole area. You'll see a lot of people on the trails anywhere you go.

Walleye fishing remains good for this time of year. The evening bite of these fish has been good all year. Reports are that action in general starts a few hours before dark and goes through in t the night. Tip-ups baited with either medium shiners or sucker minnows remains the best tactic for getting some nice fish. There have been some nice fish reported from the Chain, with many forward-thinking anglers releasing some of those big fish.

There has been some of that deep-water jigging success on the deeper big lakes also. This is the time of year to give that a try with vertical jigs tipped with minnow heads. Water depth can vary from 20 to 35', generally in the vicinity of some of the deep rock bars, on these lakes.

Northern fishing remains good on all lakes. Tip-ups set in weed areas with larger shiners is the best tactic. Look for green weeds if you can find them, as these weeds will also hold a good number of panfish Panfish action is good, with perch leading the way this week. There has been a good perch bite on Scattering Rice and Eagle lakes on the Chain. Red spike or waxies have been working well. These perch are near the bottom moving in schools. Crappie action in the holes and deeper water has been good also. These fish move vertically also, so you have to search bot horizontally and vertically for them. Good electronics help this fishing greatly.

Looking ahead, it's hard to believe that is will soon be February - and at the end of that our thoughts will be moving ahead to spring. Let's hope that we don't get the amount of snow we got last year during our “springtime”!

Good luck and good fishin’!



Oneida County

This week, the eagles that nest near the DNR service center in Woodruff were back in their territory (near the nest) calling to each other. Trumpeter swans flew in and were taking a bath in the open water west of the Art Oehmcke State Fish Hatchery.





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