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This mild January weather has made for some comfortable ice fishing. Things will change eventually, but the ice has not been growing very fast! Some lakes have 12 inches and others just 7 inches. Be careful and don’t assume one lake has as much ice as the next. Fishing has been good and fishing has been slow… Pretty typical story. I was out last night for a few hours and we didn’t land a fish. We were back at it again this morning for a couple hours and only got one walleye to bite. They were there, but very fickle. It took a jig head and a fathead to finally coax one into biting. Typically, a jigging spoon with a minnow head will do the trick on these winter walleye, but maybe it was the weather or the fact their tummies were loaded with perch. Typically, the key to catching walleye this time of year is to remain mobile and not stop until you find the feeders. If you are encountering non-active fish, try downsizing or going to live bait with lighter line and smaller hooks.

Good luck, be safe, and be respectful!

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