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Conditions improving on North Woods lakes


By George Langley

North Woods lakes are slowly getting to great ice conditions for anglers, as the cold nights have really thickened the ice on lakes.

This is just great for the ice fishermen and women, as we will soon be able to drive out there. That sure makes lake access to some of the spots easier for many. Don’t be too hasty, however. Wait until you see that others are driving on the lake.

Snow conditions continue to be poor for those who like to snowmobile, but they are OK (barely) for the cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The daytime temperatures in the 20s have really been great for just getting outside.

Walleye fishing has been good and is getting better. Some big fish have been caught in the last week, with some in the 10-pound range showing up. We commend those anglers who take pictures of them and then return those huge fish. Good numbers of fish have been caught with some consistency in the evenings and after dark on most of lakes. As always, shiners or sucker minnows are the baits used under tip-ups. Set those minnows about 18 inches off the bottom at the deep weed edges or on the edge of bars for best results. We also have reports of some fish being caught by jig fishermen during the afternoons in deeper water.


Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:44 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:34 PM

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