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Fishing Report, March 5th 2018

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We melted a bunch of snow over the weekend, but we just got a 3-5" of light snow overnight! Temps are supposed to stay fairly mild so we should see the snow settle right down pretty fast. Getting around on the lakes has been mostly okay, but there are some tough spots where older drifts got covered. Take your time and be careful and you should be able to get around with 4WD.

Fishing was pretty good over the weekend. We're hearing a bunch more perch reports, and some shallower bites in some of the bays on Leech. We had heard some as shallow as 10', but for the most part 10-15' seems to be the sweet spot. They've been liking the minnows over the waxies too, but the waxies are always worth having in case they're touchy.

Panfish have been slower to heat up, but they are catching some crappies on the small lakes in the area. It seems like on the bigger water the crappie are not moving into the shallows much yet, but we should see that start to happen as the snow disappears on the ice. For now focus in 15-20' on the panfish with a few lakes producing gills up on the shallow weed flats. 

We're expecting it to be a great tullibee year this year once the snow melts some more and getting around is easier. We've heard reports off and on all year which is a good indication that it could be a great late ice bite. Get out over that deep water and watch for them in the early morning and afternoon halfway down. They're usually extremely aggressive, and if they aren't biting, make them chase the bait. In many cases a tullibee will chase a jig 15-20' in the water column up and down. It's hard to beat a hot tullibee bite when the sun is shining! A small jigging spoon with a waxie is the ticket, and a small tungsten jig would work well also, especially if they're a little more finicky and shying away from the little jigging spoons.


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