January 22nd, 2017

Yesterday I ran the office so I could see what the results were from the fishermen over the weekend. Not something I normally do as my place is usually on the ice in a truck and Cindy would rather not see me in the office as I always seem to screw something up….    🙂

Reports from fishermen that were there for the weekend was Friday day,Friday eve and Saturday morning most had the best action and Saturday eve was mostly quiet until Early Sunday morning.  Most everyone caught some Walleye and Perch.  The Northern were active south of Spider Island in the basin.  I seen pictures of 8  Walleyes from 28 to 30″  all were released except for three from what I heard.  And numerous reports of fishermen C/R 8 to 15 Walleye during their stay. The bigger Perch finally starting going better in the shallow basins and seen numerous catches of 10″ Perch.  Best action by far was in 12-22 feet of water and with the cloudy weather fish were active during the day also.

The warm weather took it’s toll on the snow and ice with the water on it from melting. I am glad  I decided to stay on the inside of the pressure ridge and not put the bridge out.  With the fog every evening and morning it would have been taking a chance we didn’t need to take.  By yesterday afternoon the water was starting to go down in most areas, and it really softened up the ice.  Fishermen  that went north of the Graveyard in deep water on the clear black ice told me the ice was so soft the augers cut like butter.  And that ice is normally the hardest ice  when cold.  (Not a good sign)  We should be thankful there is colder weather coming soon.  Until it does we are not letting 3/4 – 1ton trucks with tandem wheelhouses out.  I’m sure by the weekend it will be fine, but for now it’s not.  I’m hoping later in the week to get our bridge across the pressure ridge, but I’m going to wait until I see colder weather.

All in all it was a good weekend despite the weather.

Keep a Tight Line!    Eddy