Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Tips from Colin Crawford's Guide Service

Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Change-up...Seasonal Deadlines

March 4, 2018 ·

Although it isn’t as warm as the past week, it is still warming up.  Resulting in a lot more slush, which will make travel much more difficult on the lakes and more importantly it may result in potentially the thinning of ice.  Make sure to use common sense when on the lakes to avoid being stuck or worse yet, in the water.  This warmer weather means also means that the panfish action is more intense and that the weeds will be seeing more action. Remember that some of the area lakes are also marked with barrels for snowmobiles and to punch your holes away from the trail areas.

Northern Pike:  We are still finding fish on the weed edges cruising in the deeper weeds. On the edges the set up should be tip ups set a foot or so off the bottom.  When fishing the deep weeds, set your tip ups so that your bait is just above the tops of the weeds.

Walleye: These fish are being caught in a couple of areas, in and around weeds.  Setting tip ups on the weed edges baited with walleye suckers or medium golden shiners in low light conditions seem to be best.  Also, jigging in the same areas with baits like the buckshot rattle spoon are producing fish.  The other good option is on the tops of rock humps for good spots in the early evening.

Panfish: Bluegills are being found in the green weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic.  Perch are being caught on the deeper green weed edge where the mud meets. Crappies are starting to move into the weeds with the warmer weather.  

Also, just a reminder that gamefish season in Wisconsin closed March 4th and boundary water lakes closed March 1st (such as Lac Vieux Desert and some of the Cisco Chain).  On March 15th the inland waters of MI also close for remaining gamefish species.  Also, a heads up that the date for permanent ice shack removal from MI boundary waters is March 15th and the area inland waters is March 31st.  Wisconsin’s removal is to be done by March 18th.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford's Guide Service, (715)891-2715.  Website is or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. NPAA #94.  

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