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630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
January 17, 2018
“Fishing in the Deep Freeze”
At the beginning of the month, clients and I set up for walleye. Weather conditions were bitterly cold temps in the single digits for highs and winds brisk at north to northwest 7-15 mph. We set up tip-ups in 4 to 11’ of water using mainly slippery-jack and fathead minnows for bait. Nick got us started with a nice eating pike which was caught on a shallow set line mid-afternoon. Great job! Later with the rest of our set up, it was a challenge. Cold weather was really setting in with dropping temps. Wheelers did not want to run, ice augers were freezing up; it was tough! After a while we had a nice little run of quality walleyes. Lukas and Nick were thankful to catch quality fish on a poor weather pattern. Congrats to the boys!
Over the weekend we set up for mainly walleye. More bone chilling weather, but not as windy with sun to clouds. We had an afternoon run in the 10 to 11’ stuff using medium slippery-jack and fathead minnows. The problem was we started out 0 for 3. Fish were biting light, when you pick up the line there is no minnow, or if the minnow is there its “tore up” and dead. This has been a common theme over the last two weeks of fishing. Later during prime time Rob and Nick broke the ice and caught some beautiful walleye!
During pick up we had another run of bites late, but came up short. With a weak front approaching most likely our success would have been better, but we decided to pack up the gear. The cold was getting to all of us. Congrats to the whole gang! We had a great time!
The tail end of a brief warm up and beginning of another cold front, clients and I set up for walleye. Midmorning we had a run of walleye, but they were hard to catch. Paula landed 1 sub walleye that was released, then she caught nice eating pike and a 16” largemouth bass! Great job! The afternoon brought a snow storm with the wind picking up. Gordy landed a nice 24” pike out of the deeper water. Great job! The fish made several runs on light line, by the time we were done our fingers were froze with the raw wind increasing! At dark, 7 out of 9 lines were hit, but we only caught a couple fish. Gordy got to catch a nice keeper walleye! After that we decided to pull the lines. The wind was 20 mph or more with blowing and drifting snow. Congrats to Paula and Gordy! We had a great time!
This past weekend, clients and I out went out in the early afternoon. Still cold but better. Less northwest wind and sunny. We put out set lines in 5 to 11’ of water using slippery-jacks, fatheads, sucker, and golden shiner minnows. Emersyn got us started with a nice little pike and good release! Then before dark Caleb and Andy got us going with 2 keeper walleye! Fantastic! We had to play the waiting game for a while, then it was the girls turn. Fish on! Stacy landed a beautiful 19” walleye! Great job! Then about 1 hour later, Katie landed a just shy of 20” walleye! Not bad for a first walleye through the ice!! Great job! After that the women were glowing with excitement, and reminding the husbands that they caught all the fish! Later the temps were falling fast -8 or -10 degrees not sure but with clear skies we decided to pull the lines and fish another time. Congrats to the whole gang! Steve, Stacy, Sidney, Kyle, Andy, Greg, Katie, Caleb, and Emersyn. We always have a great time!
On Sunday clients and I were back at it again. Today’s weather was overcast, chilly, 10 mph wind out of the south and light snow. We set up our set lines shallow and just off the edge using large fathead, sucker, and shiner minnows. Right off the bat Rob got us started with catching a good eating pike! Great job! That afternoon Jimmy caught a beautiful 11” jumbo perch! Way to go! Just before dark we had a run of sub walleye and more bites that we were robbed, meaning the fish were getting the bait and not the hook. After dark the snow was on and off. The bite was still going. Rob connected on keeper walleye, Jerrod scored a beautiful 19”walleye, Lyle and Joe each caught nice keeper walleyes! Good job boys! During the midnight hour, the bite was pretty slow. We then decided to wrap things up. We had a great time! Congrats to Rob, Joe, John, Jimmy, Lyle, and Jerrod!
Currently the ice thickness is 21” that includes about 3” of slush ice on the top. Remember the ice thickness can vary. Snow pack varies anywhere from 4 to 6” of snow and very little in spots from wind blowing. There are some snow drifts on the lakes too. Ice conditions are good for walking, atv’s , and driving. Good luck fisherman!!!
If you are looking for a day out on the ice, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”Last updated: January 19, 2018
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