Today’s Top 4
We’re running this photo because…well, look at that fish! A Lake Winnipeg icebreaker, at 15 lbs 5 oz. Why call it an icebreaker? This:
And re: Lake Winnipeg:
Big Mille Lacs ice ‘eyes.
Two perch ice records!
New WY state record.
> …Casper angler Troy Schnepper reeled in a 2.28 pound fish last week while jigging through the ice at Boysen Reservoir…fish was 15.25″ long and had a girth of 12.5″. It bested the previous state record which has stood since 1991 by a little more than an ounce.
> …was fishing primarily for crappie, jigging a small spoon tipped with a minnow head….
> Schnepper is the only person in Wyoming now holding two state fish records. He is the current black crappie record holder for a fish he caught 2 years ago, also out of Boysen Reservoir.
Record ID perch now ice world record.
Tia Wiese, 12, 2 lbs 11.68 oz caught March 1, 2014, Lake Cascade, ID. State record for perch, recently named the world record for perch caught with a tip-up by the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
How good is Lake of the Woods?
How ’bout this (from here):
Wow! These guys were the only ones not impressed:
2. Fishing brothers lost (RIP).
Be careful, people.
Wow! One question: How many holes does it take to make ice weak??
Still lighting ’em up:
> …south shore, in front of Pine Island…anglers headed out 15 miles or more to clearer water. Combo of walleyes and saugers. Others headed up to structure such as Knight and Bridges or Garden Island. From Morris Point area to Zippel Bay, bite a bit shallower, 17-28′. Morning / evening bite in 15-18′. Long Point and Arnesen’s still producing with reefs most consistent.
> On the Rainy River, frozen shiners in 16′ with orange or chartreuse has been the go to. Please work through outfitters and bait shops and know where you are going on ice.
> Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues on the edge of structure in 25-28′. Gold and glow red…more walleyes than saugers, some jumbo perch, pike and eelpout mixed in. Big crappies still going on Canadian side through NW Angle resort guide services.
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Great article with the latest info. First line:
> The glory days of one of America’s greatest walleye lakes might be gone.
Good for walleye.
Tip of the Day
> “I like to bang the bottom and stir things up,” said “Guy” Jon Sibley of MI. Sibley is often in pursuit of big “teeter pigs” (large perch) on Lake Gogebic. Another suggestion is to size down (or up) when things get tough to change the look and feel. Otherwise, find rock piles and edges….
Quote of the Day
Most days the fish come to the jig because it’s doing something they like — so why stop doing it?
– Dave Genz talking, who first said:
Shot of the Day
A couple of happy campers — one REAL happy! — at Lake of the Woods’ Sportsman’s Lodge (lots o’ LOW this issue…):