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Fishing Report
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With the moderate temperatures of late, ice thickness has been slow to increase. Many of the lakes in the area have eight to twelve inches of good,hard, clear ice, however there are others with four inches or less in places. We cannot stress enough that it's always a good idea to drill test holes as you travel, and it's also a good idea to not venture out alone.

The few anglers that have been out are reporting catching a few walleyes from Shagawa Lake in twelve to twenty feet of water. Most action has been the hours on either side of sunset. Live minnows on a dead stick have been the way to go for most part, but a few larger walleyes have been brought to the hole through active jigging of rattle and swim baits. Seems like the large bait, large fish theory holds true.

Some nice crappies and sunnies are being caught, but once again the numbers appear to be off. Much of the vegetation on the smaller lakes is still up and green, therefor the fish have been holding in close to the cover. This is where it's important to drill a bunch of holes where you can move about. Do some hole-hopping to achieve the bast results.

Pike spearers and tip-up anglers have been getting a few fish, but no huge ones have been reported lately.