My last report was all about the cold and now this one could easily be all about the snow! We are sure getting our moneys worth out of this winter. Snow fall after snow fall has made travel much more difficult recently. We are getting off the roads in some areas but I think it’s safe to say if you are in a truck you will need a plowed road. This has really congregated a lot of anglers around the lakes area.
The majority of the anglers have been fishing sunfish and crappies. The panfish areas seem to get the most attention so naturally that’s where the plowed roads lead. The sunfish bite during the day has been quite good, as has the low light crappie bite. I’m still just using a small #12 horizontal jig and a couple euro larva. This combination has caught most of the fish pictured in my reports. A plain hook and minnow has also done well on the crappie after dark.
Based off of the reports from the guys fishing walleye, the bite hasn’t been all that bad for this time of year. The number of active walleye anglers is much fewer than normal though. To get on a decent walleye bite you will need to get away from the groups and on some unpressured structure. With all of the snow this has been a much more difficult task this year. The guys willing to walk, use a snowmobile or plow their own roads are the ones catching the most walleye right now. If you put in the work there are plenty of walleye out there to catch.
I’ve been getting A LOT of calls, texts and emails about snow conditions, so if I missed anyone I apologize. Keep the questions coming though, that’s why I’m here. I’m always happy to help. The most common question I get is “can we get our wheel house out on the lake?” The answer is yes most definitely! Many of the lakes have plowed roads, especially the larger panfish lakes. If you are inquiring about a certain lake feel free to call a local resort or you can text me and I will tell you what I know. Good luck fishing!
Joe Scegura’s Guide Service (Text: 320-260-9056)