Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Tips from Colin Crawford's Guide Service

Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

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February 3, 2019 ·

Ice conditions are in good shape. With the month of February, comes longer days and some stronger sun, so always keep an eye on conditions. Remember that some of the area lakes are also marked with barrels for snowmobiles and to punch your holes away from the trail areas.  The lakes are shared by outdoor enthusiasts for lots of different purposes and consideration of each other makes for a more enjoyable time by all.  Please stay safe on the ice.  If you aren’t familiar with a lake, please ask a guide, other fisherman, the bait shop, gas station, bars or other businesses about any areas to be cautious around for safe ice conditions.

Northern Pike: We are finding them fishing in the weeds setting our tip-ups right above the greenest ones we can find. Shiners and suckers are both still working as bait of choice. You can pick up a couple if you are jigging the weeds for Walleyes also for a little surprise.

Walleye: Intercepting these fish early dawn and dusk coming in on the weed edge to feed using tip-ups with extra-large fatheads or golden shiners is a great start. During the daylight, jigging out off the edge of rock humps will produce eyes, also using jigging raps or similar baits along with spoons are producing fish.

Panfish: Not much change with these fish. Bluegills are being found in the weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic.  Perch are being caught on the deep weed edge where the mud meets. Crappies are being found off the first break off of the deep weeds in some lakes and found suspended over the deep water basin.

Happy fishing!  Selective harvest is the way to go.  Colin Crawford's Guide Service, crawfordfishing@gmail.com (715)891-2715.  Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook.

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