After starting the morning with the air temps in the mid 20s we ended up with air temps this afternoon with unusual temps in the mid 40s. Today’s target species was Northern Pike, but we arrived early to our destination in hopes to maybe hook a walleye or two. After fishing for walleye for an hour or so with no success we then focused on Northern Pike.We fished the pike with Automatic Fisherman setting baits anywhere from 1 to 3 feet off the bottom with large shiner minnows. With the presents of perch in the area very early we had some pike action early and as soon as the perch made there way out of the area there was a lull in the pike action. After a while, the pike action began to become a little more consistent, with the pike running a little on the smaller side today we had a some difficulty getting hooks in some of the fish but none the less we were able to land some nice pike and it was another awesome day on the ice in Door County.
With winter not knowing what it wants to do this year, we are really limited on where we can fish. The areas that we would generally be fishing this time of season do not have safe enough ice conditions for us to travel on. After fishing whitefish for the past couple of weeks, we decided to make a trip for northern pike today.
Here in Door County, we target two different areas to fish for northern pike. Early in the season we will target the backs of some of the bays where there is still some live weed growth that is where we find the most consistent action for active pike. As the season progresses and the ice pack thickens, the weed growth begins to die, that is when we begin to seek out different areas.
Keep in mind that the bays always have potential for producing northern pike, but as the season progresses, the larger pike tend to change locations. Later in the season, we begin to target large flat areas that generally consist of sand, these areas have deep water close by and also have sporadic weed growth and occasional rock reefs that create current around them.
Today, we targeted a large flat area that was close to deep water. We drilled many holes covering the entire area from shallow to deep. We caught fish both back shallow and close to the deep water edge. We used large shiner minnows, both on tip-ups and Automatic Fisherman. For those who have not used the Automatic Fisherman, they are a tool that is worth checking out. The Automatic Fisherman is the answer to catching more fish that would normally grab baits and drop them. When a fish grabs a bait, it is instantly hooked and brought in on a rod and reel.
With the day starting out windy and brisk the afternoon turned out really pleasant as the winds died down and the sun was shining. Last nights winds opened up a pretty large area of open water where we were fishing so we stayed in 15 fow where we had pretty consistant action through out the entire day. As usual we had faster action when we had some current flowing through the area but even as the current slowed we continued to catch fish. Paying close attention to our jigging techniques definitely increased the number of fish we caught with around 50 fish caught we were able to select the larger fish to take home. We had close to 12 inches of ice where we were fishing but always use caution out there and as always be safe and good ice fishing.
Paul Delaney (920) 421-0896
We fished this morning from 9am till 1pm with pretty consistent action till around noon then the action slowed considerably. We fished gold spoons with ice jigs placed just above them and we tipped them with waxworms. After a recent short cold snap we managed to get much more safe ice in a lot of areas but now we are receiving warmer temps with strong south winds so I will be watching ice conditions daily to stay on the safest ice we can. I will keep the fishing reports coming as I get off the ice to keep providing up to date info and ice conditions.