(that's top secret, don't tell anyone) Walleyes have been rather active also. Depths depend on your lake but mostly in the deepest water transitions you can find. Suspended, and scraping the bottom is where you'll find them. 5th Annual Carrol Lake Ice Fishing Tournament on Carrol Lake on Saturday, February 24th. Probably not a lot but it will make conditions for the humans above the ice a lot more comfortable.
A slow presentation of crappie minnows, rosie reds, spikes and waxies have been the choice baits. Perch are in the mud at different depth depending on the lake. It seems they will either wack it or sniff it and go on. Call 715-358-7572 for more information 12th Annual Lake Tomahawk Family Fisheree on Lake Tomahawk on Saturday, February 24th. Registration starts at 7am at the boat landing and goes till 3pm. For more info call 715-356-6961 ----------------------------- Jeff Bolander, guide and owner of Dewey, Catchem and How at Up North Facebook page at https:// Catchem And How and my Up North fishing and resort web sites at Tip downs and tip ups will be used more this weekend due to the holes not freezing up near as fast or at all. You get a group of kids or a bunch of adults that don't act their age together and when a flag goes up or a pole goes down the fun begins.
Everybody has their favorite way of putting panfish in the bucket but for the most part they have been real bashful.
Like I said, I love chasing and watching people chase flags.
Smaller river shiners were the best on small glow treble hooks.
The bite is average at best and that combined with the weather makes for very uncrowded lake conditions.
This weekend shouldn't be much different with below zero temps in the morning but some sun in the afternoon. The weather forecast shows highs in the 20s all next week and beyond and that should help.
From what I understand it's not as bad as we thought it was gonna be.
But there are still some bad spots so be careful or you'll spend your day pushing your mode of transportation out of the slush instead of fishing. As you might have guessed, there weren't a lot of fisherfolks out this past few days with all the snow.
Although the action last weekend was good with lots of tip ups and tip down action. The few reports I had come in this past week were pretty good, a continuation of the bite from the weekend.
I expect this weekend will be just as much fun with the tip up and tip down action.
Pike are still very active and some real nice ones are being caught.