Ice Fishing Report 3-10-20

Randin Olson with a nice Otter Tail County crappie.

It seems as if the recent warm temps have brought ice anglers out of hibernation.  They are finding that lake travel is easy and the fishing is hotter than the weather! Make sure to use extreme caution if you venture out, most lakes didn’t get past 20 inches of ice, and ice conditions can change rapidly. Public accesses are starting to deteriorate. And while some folks might just want winter to be over and are preparing for those spring evenings floating across the lake.  There’s still great opportunities waiting for those of us who want to get in a little more hole hopping.  

Big bluegills have been in 8-14 feet of water.

Panfish are schooling up on shallow flats and are easily fooled with small jigs and plastics.  On one hand, wax worms will work great, but I prefer plastics when the fish will eat them. Less time baiting your hook means more fish in the bucket.  There’s still a basin bite for crappies but some have pushed into the shallows and mixed in with the gills.

Tullibee fishing can be great late ice.

Tullibee action is fast and furious.  While each lake is a bit different, in general low light periods are best for lots of action.  Be prepared to drill a bunch of holes and move until you contact fish.  A dropper rig is an old time favorite,  but don’t be afraid to try new lures such as spoons, puppet minnows, or even rattle baits. 
So get out the and get some more fish!  Watch out  for deteriorating ice at the access points.  Warm weather and wind will do a lot of damage to the already soft ice we have. 

Tight lines,
Randin Olson
Lock Jaw Guide Service
NPAA# 680