Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Tips from Colin Crawford's Guide Service

Fishing in Land O' Lakes!

Things to remember and tips for safety and courtesy while sharing the water

March 11, 2018 ·

This week is predicted to have melting temps, which will make travel more stressful on the lakes with the slush and thinning ice on the water.  But remember, this transitional period is a necessary beginning step to the transition to open water fishing.  Make sure to check your path of travel and remember the conditions can change rapidly.  Panfish action really kicks into full gear with these weather patterns and can readily become the path to that tasty fish fry.

Since the lake conditions may be rapidly changing, remember that fishing isn’t the only sport utilizing the lake and dealing with these sloppier conditions.  So be careful where you are drilling your holes and stay away from the barrels for snowmobiles and if possible, consider that they may also be dealing with the slushy conditions and may not be riding the path closest to the barrels; so, make sure to easily make your gear location identifiable to riders to avoid problems.  Location and situation awareness becomes a key part to fishing during this time of the season.

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 and boundary water lakes closed (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.  Keep in mind that the annual WI fishing licenses will be expiring on March 31st.

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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