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,
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