I’m hearing that the bite has slowed for many but still pretty darn good for this time of year. There’s only a couple of weekends left for the walleye fishing as it closes on February 26th.
Spearing also closes at that time but you will be able to continue angling for Northerns through March 26th.
Photos from around the lake:
Fishing Reports from Around the Lake:
Brandt’s Ice Fishing – Fishing has still been pretty good! Definitely better mid week when there is less traffic, but we received some great pics from last weekend (see above). Joey, Todd & Scott caught their limit with all being 20″. Another crew caught a 23″, 24″, 26″ and one keeper!
Rocky Reef Resort – It was another great weekend at the Rock, everyone is catching fish on all of our structure. There have been more keeper walleyes this weekend that people were able to take home. The big fish are still biting out in 25 to 27 ft. of water on fat heads and shinners. The glow and the red hooks are still producing lots of fish. The shallow water is still on a hot bite also. When I say shallow water that means anything under 10 ft. Rocky Reef has been kicking out some real trophy fish this season in depths less than 10 ft. There was another walleye over 30 inches taken again this weekend, that make 5 over 30 inches so far the season. The access is in good shape and we did not get any snow, which for now is a great thing. We will see what the rest of the season has in store for us as we get closer to the end of the season. Remember that the season closes for walleye at midnight of the 26th so if you have not had a chance to get in on the fabulous bite out here you better hurry up, it’s almost over with!
Lundeen’s Tackle Castle – Mille Lacs has 22-26 inches of ice over most of the lake and about 3 inches of new snow – access and travel are GOOD! The walleye bite on Mille Lacs has shifted somewhat to a night bite. We’re still seeing some good/great daytime catches (mostly from the mud flats), but it’s not every group/every hole/every day. First and last light are clearly the best. The “overnight” bite has caused more than a few Mille Lacs anglers to loose some sleep – again, it’s not every house/every night, but we talk to a bunch of sleepy guys every morning with similar stories… the night bite is ON! The best approach is to hang a shiner (yes, we have shiners) or a small sucker under your rattle reel and dare those walleye to wake you up. Yes, some folks will stay up and jig but the static lines have been the best. The best depth range has been from 22-27 feet, although some of the guys in 10-15 feet of rocks have had some sleepless nights too. In all, the walleye bite here in early February is better than we some years at first ice – GET ‘EM WHILE YOU CAN! Perch action is still considered a bonus, with most of the fish coming off the mud flats while walleye fishing.. Use a Hawger Spoon or a Gem-n-Eye tipped with some waxies or a gob of Euros. Northern action has been hit-or-miss in the bays. Every year as we get into February, folks remark about getting “bit-off” on the flats and the deep gravel – that time of year is here now. Don’t be afraid to hang a big sucker in the corner hole this weekend to see if you can catch a monster.
Chapman’s Mille Lacs Resort – Fishing in shallow water close to shore went nuts yesterday just before the front came in. Our rental house had everything come through from Northerns, Bass, 2 big Dog Fish, along with Walleye and crappies and sunnies. Had several flags on tip-ups fly and spooled out 10+ ft. line but let it go. They lost a big fish on a rattle reel in the house which broke the line. They weren’t able to get anything up the hole but had a great time watching all the fish come through.
Upcoming Ice Fishing Tournaments to Mark Your Calendars for:
February 11 – 3rd Annual United Way Tournament – 9am-4pm out of Nitti’s Hunter’s Point Resort
February 18 – Fishing for Ducks – Noon to 3pm in Garrison Bay
February 18 – Perch and Pout Contest out of Nitti’s Hunter’s Point Resort
February 25 – Perch Extravaganza – 8am to 2pm – weigh-in & drawings at Nitti’s Hunter Point Resort
February 25 – TWP – 7am to 3pm – at Lyback’s Ice Fishing