Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fishing Report 1-19-2010

Ice fishing continues to be productive on area lakes.

Most lakes have between 10-16 inches over shallow areas and in protected bays. Deeper water ice varies from as little as 3 inches to as much as 10, especially in main lake areas.

Pike continue to bite aggressively, especially in the afternoons and early evenings. Live shiners on a spinner harness with a red hook seems to be the best combination, but smelt and suckers are still taking fish.

Panfish are biting shallow, but the better fish are still coming off the bottom in deeper water areas. You'll need to scout around a little to find them, and a camera or flasher will increase your catch once you've found them. Crappies are relating to springs and current areas with sandy bottoms. Bluegills are using deep water transition areas and schooling up around mainlake bottom structures.

Good Luck

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