Well, there's some big news.
It seems like the big fish have finally hit their winter stride, and the bite is picking up.
Panfish are still biting shallow, but the better sized fish are still out deeper. Anglers who have ventured out and searched for deeper water schools are catching nice bags of fish. You'll need to do a little searching, and electronics will certainly help with catching the fish, but area lakes with sand bottoms in 18-22 feet of water are giving up nice pannies right now.
Walleye fishing has picked up dramatically. Jigging is taking a few fish, but tip-ups with a floro or mono leader, spinner and red treble baited with a golden shiner is producing. Shallow rocks in 6-10 feet are producing during low light hours, deep water structure in 18-25 feet is producing during the day time. Several large fish have ben brought in during the last week, including a 9lber.
Northern pike fishing has been pretty solid and steady. Lots of guys are picking up fish, with more than a handful of 30+ inchers reported, but snakes in the 15-25 inch category have been biting aggresively. Deadbait, shiners and suckers have all been good the last few days.
Reminder: We'll be open at 4:00am this Saturday. Stop by and get your bait on your way out to the lake for the Mapleton Hook and Shell Fisheree.