Finicky Finicky Finicky! Finding fish has not been the problem! Turning sniffers into biters now that is a different story. My best advice to any panfish anglers is to be prepared for anything. Actively jigging live bait, dead sticking live bait, dead sticking plastics, it just doesn’t seem to matter. Not one presentation is really outshining another! The only thing we have noticed is that switching up is producing more bites than keeping with the same thing. Popular access points for late ice fishing are holding up. Be prepared to deal with crowds in the community spots. For more information or to book your late ice guide trip please contact 218-259-8893 ! Northern Drift works with a number of high quality guides in the Grand Rapids Area! We will make sure your last ice fishing trip of the year is one to remember.
Lake ice conditions in the northern part of the state have improved immensely! Great fishing opportunities are available. The panfish bite on numerous lakes is hot right now and we have started to see a majority of the crappies moving towards the break lines where they will eventually push up and spawn later this spring. However, finding the fish the last couple of days hasn’t been the hard part. Detecting some of the lightest bites has proven to be the most effective strategy and icing some of the crappies we have been chasing. It was apparent in a community spot over the weekend! Anglers who were using to stiff of rods and still running a bobber approach were struggling! Small tungstens and a plastic was the key! When the fish would move up on the bait I believe everyone was expecting that indicator to set the hook. The indicator was not even noticeable on 75% off the fish we caught. Expecting the fish to be breathing in the bait and reeling down to load that tip up proved to be very effective. Also using plastics kept a lot of the other species of fish away, like the rock bass that seemed to be joining forces with the crappies schools.The die hard panfish anglers are going to be at it for a few weeks yet. Wheelers with chains and track machines were being used on all the more popular spring fishing spots. We will be updating with weekly fishing reports from the Grand Rapids Area for the remaining ice season and into our open water year! Tight lines everyone and enjoy that sunshine.