Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 1/16/17
Cold weather continued through the week into a pleasant temperature weekend. Sunday was the first day above freezing in January. In fact we have gone below zero every night in January except for one.
Although we’ve had great ice making weather, the lake is still not cooperating. 20+ inches of snow cover does a remarkable job of insulating the ice from forming.
Approximately 12-18” of good ice remain under snow, slush and surface water. 4 wheel and vehicle traffic nearly impossible as of this weekend. Snowmobile traffic somewhat difficult, but doable.
Some spear fishermen still having success using live decoys, not unusual to see an occasional pike over 36” accompanied by numerous smaller pike.
Anglers using jig and minnow, glow jigs having the best success with chubs or shiners. Most common depth for some success varies between 30-38’.
Jumbo perch bite remains pretty strong, followed by sauger and pike, occasionally some walleyes show, but they’ve been elusive.
Snowmobiling has been great, nice land trails, lots of snow, nice base. The lake trails are marked and staked, but remain un-groomed.
Looks like mild temperatures for the next 10 days, that may help the lake slush problem, hopefully.
No news on a forthcoming ice road, the park staff in on stand-by checking ice for safety.
Have a Beautiful Week,
Crabby Phil and Ellen Hart