Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ice Fishing Report

Well it's that time of year where we are covered in snow and ice.  Most people get scared of the cold, and would rather sit inside watching T.V. instead of braving the elements.  I love ice fishing, but with family, business, and the new cabin, I am stretched pretty thin.  BUT a good friend and client emailed wondering if he should come up the next day, and I jumped on the opportunity to get out on the frozen landscape.

  Ice has been great this year, although not super thick.  And snow is about one foot, which is making lake travel great.  Much better than dealing with all the snow, slush, and hard drifts of the last two years.

  We ended up fishing three lakes- Wekusko, Reed, and Kormans.

 We did well on Wekusko- landing about 35 walleye, nothing over 26" though.  It was a battle finding the fish at first, but we finally succeeded, and made the day worth it.  

  The second day we went scouting on Reed, as we tried some new structure I found this summer.  It didn't take a minute and we had our first laker on.  We ended up landing 17 trout, and losing many as well, but managed a couple of beauties!  Unfortunately, we listened to the weather report, and didn't come prepared for the gale winds and the cold.  We retreated to the shelter of one of my favorite pike bays, and hit an awesome late evening bite.  We ended up landing 3 pike over 40", and lost some real bruisers too.  What a day.

  The last day was colder, and we headed to Kormans to try our hand at some big rainbows or brookies.  We did find trout- 12 of them....but nothing over 15".  Half were brookies.  This fishery will be amazing in a couple years.  Those fish will only grow, and then look out!

  And who said the fish don't bite mid-winter? Not ME!!!