It looks like fishing is going to take a back seat again on account of the weather.
Wednesday’s snow further messed-up already deteriorating ice conditions and ice has again become sketchy on some select waters. It might be best to wait for more solid ice, or definitely venture only onto small, shallow waters that firmed-up earlier. It’s good to check in with bait shops, resorts and/or fishing guides, and always check your own ice.
Or, look toward more northern regions of Minnesota. Upper Red Lake has several access points that are open through resorts and many anglers have been reporting good success. Let’s all cross our fingers that ice making gets back on track locally in the next week. Here is our report:
Lake Superior, the St. Louis River and local small streams have nothing to report, other than the tragedy of a man falling through on the St. Louis River in Scanlon. Sad to hear that news and our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends.
Pretty much any ice that was on the river is now gone, and any remaining ice is very dangerous. We have actually even seen some boats on the harbor this last week.
Inland lakes have been seeing some anglers start to tip toe onto the new ice. Again, precautionary safety should be practiced to the max. Most successful anglers continue to fish areas close to shore with tip-ups and jig sticks. The reservoirs north of Duluth all the way up through Ely have spotty ice fishing availability.
The best bite has been coming in the early morning and later afternoon time periods. Glow jigs tipped with minnows have been taking a few good walleyes and crappies. Look to areas of 8-15 feet of water. Tip-up fishing continues to pass the time in the daylight hours for pike, bass and the occasional walleye.
Be safe and hope everyone enjoys the holiday.
Jarrid Houston of South Range is a fishing guide (houstonsguideservice.com) on Minnesota and Wisconsin inland waters, the St. Louis River and, in winter, on Lake Superior.