In a year when ice conditions have generally been sketchy, the North Country is probably the safest bet for getting out on the hard water. That said, keep an eye on changing conditions.
Fishing with ice jigs under a slip-float can produce some exceptional catches this time of year. Live bait for most species is key. Floating minnows off the bottom on three-way rigs or suspended from a
A 2018 DNR fish survey of the popular lake shows that it remains a solid fishery for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and muskies while also offering panfish and largemouth bass opportunities.
Otisco has a solid reputation for producing tiger muskies, and often big tigers, during both the open-water and ice fishing seasons.
One of the largest bodies of water on the Fox Chain, encompassing 1,700 acres, Pistakee has historically been a wintertime favorite for anglers. Pistakee Bay is one of the few deep spots on the south
Ice conditions are improving, but angling activity has been low due to unsafe ice. Check ice thickness often if you venture out.
Walleye action was probably as good this past week as it has been all winter in many areas, especially during low-light periods. Panfish and northern pike seem to be biting as well.
By most accounts, Sugar Lake near Remer is your typical Cass County bass and panfish lake. Its crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass populations are strong in numbers and feature some quality fish as well.
Panfish populations are thriving in Lake County’s Big Bass Lake. Just don’t expect to catch many namesakes. The lake is loaded with small bass under 14 inches, but big bass are tough to come by.