Ice conditions were quite good last week. For bluegills and
crappies, try jigging a small white or orange jig tipped with a
waxie over some of the basins and larger flats. Anglers seem to
have had better luck on some of the smaller lakes, as it cuts down
on the search time needed to find fish. The 12- to 20-foot depths
are a normal area to begin looking for fish. Another tactic that
will work on crappies is a tiny minnow under a small bobber set
about 3 feet off of the bottom. Some days the fish are higher in
the water, and other days tighter to the bottom. This year has been
particularly good for perch. There are still lots of smaller perch
being caught, but anglers are getting nice hauls of 10- to 12-inch
fish. The perch have been hitting small shiners on tip-ups that
have been set for walleyes. Look at some of the deeper flats in 18
to 25 feet of water. Remember that in March panfish will begin
moving shallower. Crappies will move in and begin to hang higher in
the water column, even right under the ice.
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