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Ice Fishing Report - Year in Review

Posted by Swanson's Bait & Tackle on 31st Dec 2019

We've had a great year up here in the lake country of MN! We had a late spring last year that put the pinch on a lot of the bait, but the fishing was pretty fantastic for the first few weeks of the season. Leech Lake was the place to be in the early summer this last year - and Ten Mile got fairly hot during the early summer days as well. 

Summer seemed slow at times as is usual, but there always seemed to be some kind of bite going on somewhere in the area. Crappie fishing was fantastic all year, and Birch, Pleasant, Webb, Ten Mile and Mule always seem to be top of the list.

Fall was probably one of the best we've had in a while with the water temps getting down into the sweet spot and hanging there for a good chunk of time. Woman was on fire for a while, Leech was solid all fall with a great perch bite as well, and many smaller lakes put out some great fishing too. 

So far this winter our ice fishing season has been cursed. It seems like every time we're about to get back on track we get another snow dumped on us. This weekend was a repeat with a good 8-10 inches of heavy wet snow dropping on our already poor ice. As much as we don't want to see the cold, we need a good stretch of cold weather to get our ice fishing season back on track. Fishing has been decent for those getting out there. It's almost a requirement to have a snowmobile, but the slush is giving them trouble as well. 

The plus side to our winter so far though is the snowmobiling has been great! Moving into 2020 we're hoping for some better ice fishing conditions and an earlier spring than last year! Happy New Year to all, be safe over the holiday and good luck fishing!