The fishing has been steady now for the past few weeks with plenty of ice to be had. We are looking at a potential winter storm for Sunday into Monday, but we'll wait to see what happens. As always, after big weather events, things can change in a hurry out on the ice. Right now, travel conditions are great for snowmobiles and atvs on the Bay.
Whitefish have been coming in good numbers in the 40-80 foot depth ranges with some good trout mixed in at the same places. Our custom colored Viking spoons have been working great tipped with a small white soft plastic. Gold has been the best color. In the nearshore areas, to the north of the Bay, the Browns and Splake have been really aggressive with some real nice size fish being caught. Concentrate on depths anywhere from 10-40 ft, with emphasis on the first break into deeper water for shots at these fish. Again, spoons in a wide range of colors with Pink, Golds, and Orange being the top colors.
In the Bay proper, a great mix of Perch, walleyes, smelt, splake, Pike and the occasional Brown have been coming to those who are working areas in front of Ashland or near the Lighthouse. The nicer perch have been coming from deeper water, (28-35 ft).
It's free fishing weekend in WI this weekend, so if you're interested in getting out on the ice to try ice fishing, this would be a great time and the weather looks great Saturday!