I’m sitting in my vehicle on the boat ramp at the Quarterdeck Resort watching waterfowl get pushed around by eagles in some of the last of the open water in the area. The main lake of Gull is one of the last to freeze up, and I’d say it’s getting pretty darn close!
I was out in my pontoon last night and we had ice forming around us. We didn’t land any, but we did have some bites and lost one. And now this morning, the area where we were fishing is all ice. There is some ice fishing happening around here, and the ice is only going to grow from here on out. The smaller lakes and bays have had ice for 10 days or so, and without snow in the forecast anytime soon, we should be in pretty good shape.
First ice walleye and first ice fish in general are usually pretty aggressive as they haven’t been bothered for quite some time. My favorite bait is a jigging spoon with a minnow head attached. Get to your favorite spot at prime time (4:15–5:15 p.m.) and bounce that baby around down on the bottom, and you should have action! If not, on to the next spot or next lake! Be smart, be safe, and be jiggin’!
Get out and get after them!
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