We’ve reached a transition period on the calendar…
The good news is – the recent cold weather may have extended the ice fishing season a bit! The not-so-good-news is we know of at least one lake that went from 20 inches of ice to 12 inches of ice last week. If your favorite lake didn’t have good ice two weeks ago, chances are, it doesn’t have good ice now. If you are trying to squeeze in another ice adventure, please use EXTREME CAUTION. Let’s be careful out there.
A group of us have a trip planned this weekend in Otter Tail Lakes Country. We are going to be targeting bluegills. This will be our first time fishing this particular body of water. It’s not too big, a little over 300 acres. And it’s not too deep, max depth is 40 feet.
The first part of the game plan: research. We’ve looked at the data on the Minnesota DNR Lake Finder,( http://dnr.state.mn.us/
Light gear, 1/16 oz, 1/32 oz jigs, tipped with plastics or larva is the go-to presentation. If the gills can’t be found, the crappies may be schooled up in 30 feet of water, or deeper. As always, finding them is the hardest part. Drill & look, drill & look. If you aren’t marking fish, no sense fishing there. Pods of fish can be suspended, so treat any flash as a possibility.
Of course all of this may be a moot point if the ice conditions aren’t right. In that case, you can use your time to gear up for open water. Get new line on your reels, charge your batteries (if you haven’t already). Give your boat a good dry land walk-thru. Dream of those warm summer days, sun on your shoulders, loons calling, the gentle slapping of the waves on the beach. Ahhhhh…. won’t that be grand?
Otter Tail Lakes Country Association