Ice-fishing action is good and will get even better. Ice is
firming up, but there are still thin spots and dangerous current
areas, particularly on larger lakes. Caution is advised, and it’s
still too early for vehicles and snowmobiles. The northern pike and
walleyes are in the same general areas – 4 to 12 feet of water in
and around weeds. Fish the pike during the day, using a tip-up with
a larger shiner. The walleyes start turning on later in the day and
into the evening hours. Use a tip-up with a fathead or sucker. The
walleye bite is very light. There are a lot of flags, but the
walleyes seem to be mouthing the bait, running with it, then
letting it go, in many instances. Big Chetac Lake has been
particularly good for walleyes. Bluegills are providing good
action. Fish in 4 to 6 feet of water in the weeds, using a teardrop
jig tipped with a waxie.
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