Up at the NW Angle, we are checking ice daily and finding 16+ inches in areas where we are traveling. There are several areas with less ice and a couple areas with open water in spots that open up every year so be safe out there. With the warmer temps and some rain, pretty much all of the snow is off the lake. Travel via snowmobiles with scratchers or 4-wheelers with chains are recommended for the remainder of the season. We have pulled all but 4 of our hard houses and the remainder will be off the lake by the weekend as far as we can tell.
On the Minnesota side, we made another move to the north side of Oak Island this week and it is paying off. We are fishing in 24-28 feet of water on the edge of reefs that have a little current and near areas that are down current from where the eel pout spawn every year. With the warmer temps, the walleye fishing is really heating up. The fishing has been hot in the late afternoon and evening, but we are still catching several fish throughout the day. The hot colors have been gold, pink and red avian this week. Flashers and jigging are really helping to trigger the bite with ripping raps, Buck shots or rattling spoons and also spoons that are putting off that extra vibration and flash. - Jeremy Glessing, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
On the Ontario side, crappies are still just as fast and furious as ever, guests continue to catch their limits. Reminder, there is no party fishing in Canada. When catching crappies from deeper than 30′, keep them as they have a hard time surviving release. When you have your fish, stop fishing crappies as mortality rates can be high in deep water. Also, by the letter of the law, ice is considered land when it comes to U.S. Customs. That means ice anglers not having a NEXUS must go to an OARS phone to report back into the U.S. after ice fishing in Ontario. The closest OARS phone to Sunset Lodge is located at Young's Bay. - Dan Schmidt, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
Until spring, good fishing!
Up at the NW Angle, we currently have 18-24 inches of ice on the Minnesota side and an average of 16-18 inches up on Ontario where we are fishing for crappies.
On the Minnesota side, we have moved all of our houses to the south side of Oak Island to the spring walleye staging areas. There are still some slush pockets and with the warmer temps be prepared to see more slush in the coming days. There is still a good snow pack of 6-10 inches and up to two feet in the bay's that the snow has blown into. This week the fishing has been the best in the first 2 hours and last 2 hours of the day. We are fishing in 24-25 feet of water around points and reefs with a mud and sand bottom. There have been some reports of people catching fish as shallow at 12 feet in the evening. Flashers and jigging are producing a lot more fish this week than the bobber or dead stick. Recommended tackle: Gold, pink or red stop signs; white or pink UV Rippin' Raps and Red Bucket Shot seem to be the ticket to draw the fish in and get them to bite. - Jeremy Glessing, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
On the Ontario side, this is historically the busiest weekend of the year and it was again. We had quite a few guests out for crappies and everyone got their limits. We've got about 6 inches of snow on the ice up there. Recommended tackle: Tungsten jigs with a mustache plastic and a piece of minnow tail. On cloudy days, it's better to use bigger lures/plastics because it's a lot harder for the fish to see down there versus a sunny day - Dan Schmidt, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
Until next week, good fishing,
Sunset Lodge Staff