We hope everybody has had a great start to their ice fishing season. We have been staying busy here at Gene's, and the fishing and weather have been great! With warm weather the past several days, we are still sitting at 12-14 inches on most area lakes. We are seeing alot of ATV traffic, and trucks are starting to drive onto most lakes, but as always, please make sure to use caution when driving.
The walleyes have been biting very well on Big Pine, Little Pine, Rush, Star, and Ottertail on the midlake humps and shoreline breaks during low light conditions in 14-20 feet of water. We are still sitting good on minnows, and currently have golden shiners, rainbows, sucker minnows, fatheads, crappies, and waxworms. Jigging spoons and lures tipped with a fathead is catching walleye accompanied by a shinner or sucker on a dead stick or rattle reel.
Panfish are also biting well on Big Pine, Rush, Star, Height Of Land, and many other lakes. Crappies and Bluegills are being caught on the shallow water cabbage/weed flats in 10-16 feet of water. Jigging a small tungeston jig tipped with a waxworm, crappie minnow or a plastic is working good, and also small spoons.
We hope everybody has a blessed Christmas! Happy Fishing
Disclaimer: There is no such thing as safe ice. Ice conditions can change from day to day and spot to spot. Always use caution on the ice, and make sure stop and check ice depth and quality to and from your fishing spot. Our ice reports should be taken lightly, as this is just what we have seen and heard. Our ice report does not apply to all lakes and all parts of the lakes.