Wow, another blast of cold weather and conditions on most area lakes remain difficult at best. Like most others, fishing has just been a thought rather then a reality for me as with all the snow and slush, I just haven’t tried to make time to get out and I’m hearing reports from most are lakes that travel is still not recommended other then snowmobile.
HighBanks Resort on Lake Winnie still has a nice road system but at this point they are only allowing portable houses and snowmobile through their access. Those anglers willing to put some effort in and get away from the plowed roads are finding success for both walleyes and perch. The perch action seems to be more consistent day in and out and we should see the perch activity improving daily as we head down the path of late season ice fishing. Man is that nice to say, late season ice fishing!
Red Lake continues to be a good option for walleye, along with Lake of the Woods. The walleyes and perch on most of the lakes continue to like the Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head or the simple approach of a jiggle bug jig tipped with a live fathead swimming under a bobber. Keying in on those points and corners of most structures will increase the odds to success each time out. Keep in mind a good GPS and a Strikemaster Auger will allow you to pinpoint where to drill and drill through the ice effortless!
The panfish action still remains viable options for those anglers willing to get away from the crowds and get to those backwoods lakes. Most of the Backwoods lakes are seeing little to no pressure and are allowing those fish to be more active then normal once you find that honey hole. So if you have a lake that is one that you have found success in the past, you may think about hitting it on your next outing, odds are you will find good numbers of panfish.
Keep in mind the Sport shows are coming this way soon, Starting next week at the Duluth Sport show, I will be talking Lund boats, Mercury motors and fishing at the RJ Sport and Cycle booth on Friday and Saturday, stop in and say hi.