We'll be posting updated fishing reports on Mondays and Fridays from now on. If you want an email when we do post it, drop me a line, or sign up at the baitshop. Eric will relay the information to me, and I'll put it up asap.
The weekend was a little slow, not for fish catching, but for guys going fishing. The cold weather coupled with the packer game kept many people indoors. The anglers who braved the winds did pretty well.
Okauchee Lake is on fire right now. Both the main channel and icehouse bay are giving up crappies and northern pike over weedy areas between 4-10 feet deep. Northerns are being taken on tipups baited with large and jumbo shiners.
Large crappie are being taken in an unusual way, on tipups baited with medium sized shiners. Several large crappies (14") were taken this past weekend on tipups by anglers in the Channel between the Golden Mast and the Hideaway. The fish seem fairly active, but the trick seems to be to target them when there isn't much traffic on the ice. The crappies appear to be hanging in the main channel, then drifing up onto the flats to forage. When they are on the weedy flats along the channel edge, they are feeding aggresively. Stop in the shop if you want to know how to locate the channel and the key areas on the flat.
Forest Lake in Nashotah Park has been giving up some nice gills and the occassional bass and northern. Gills are coming on small jigs tipped with garlic waxworms.
Upper Nashotah and Golden Lakes have also been on fire for big gills the past two weeks. Several anglers reported catching eating size gills from 8-10' of water this past week.
Pine Lake has been producing crappie and northerns along the north end. Tipsups with big shiners for pike, fatheads on a hook or waxies/spikes on a jighead for the crappie. look for green weeds when setting up. Holes near weedbeds have been the most productive.
The Kettle area on Nagawicka has been giving up mixed bags of perch, bluegill and crappies, although the anglers are targeting the deeper areas of the Kettle on Nag. Also of note, the ice in St John's Bay is reported to be very weak due to a high current flow into the Bark River. Pay attention to the ice conditions when heading out.
That's our latest. I'll be back Friday with the weekend update. If you want more information, call (262-560-1189) or better yet stop into Musky Mikes. There are several fisherees the next few weeks, and we have both the bait and the advice to get you started.