Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Follow Up

Well gang, it appears my short post yesterday may have hit all the important points. Ice fishing conditions appear to have stabilized. Its not uncommon for this time of year.

Continue to look for a mixed bag of panfish in the shallow bays. Green weeds or wood will concentrate the fish. Bluegills will suspend lower in the water column than crappies. If you find fish, but the bite is slow, stick with it, the fish turn on and off during the day. Match your presentation to the activity level you find; ie, jig for active biters, use set rods for passive ones. Some of the smaller area lakes have been giving up some nice bags including middle and upper genessee, school section, forest and silver lakes.

Pike continues to be the best on-ice action. Lots of smaller fish are being reported, but a few nicer ones are still coming in. Large shiners on a spinner leader with a red treble hook continues to be the best tip-up set up. Stumpy, Icehouse and Bay Five are all still giving up pike on Okauchee, but also consider Moose, Garvin, Kessus, Golden or Fowler.

The walleye bite is tapering off on the Koshkonong as the fishing pressure is reaching its mid-winter peak there. I'd suggest staying closer to home and trying Lac Labelle or Fox Lake when chasing walleyes. If you are heading down to Koshkonong, the ice is in bad shape around many of the launches and you'll prefer the ATV to the truck for access. My best advice to those of you making the trip, head down while its still light out and fish during the overnight.

Be aware that some of the deeper water still has pretty thin ice. Reports of around two inches over deeper water filter in each day. Just be careful if over a main lake area or water near active current or springs.

Good Luck,

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