Had booths at the sport shows over the weekend so I was not around to get first hand information...but...
Reports where that the sunfish were still really strong with limits being caught. Many being 1/2 lb gills. Best bite is still during the morning and evening with more sorting during the day. Bottle Bay and School Bar are still the favorite spots. Wigglers and waxies.
Also getting more reports of crappies picking up.
Trucks were out on the ice this morning when I drove by. Some puddles of water so wear waterproof boots. There was 30 to 32 inches of ice on Waska this year so I would expect the ice to hold out for quite a bit longer.
48 F right now with a light breeze.
I will post more this week as I have other reports.
Seems to be a lot of reports of crappies picking up on Waska...nothing like waiting til the end of the ice year to cooperate! Hearing of some nice sizes as well in the 11 to 12 inch plus range. I expect these fish are getting more aggressive and moving towards Torgy's Bay.
Sunfish bite seems to be pretty solid yet as well.
Some trucks and cars still going out however many are converting to ATV and walking. Still thick ice but some have said that it is starting to "chip" more with the warm weather.
Reno has also been strong with the crappies...a little slower with the gills but they are there as well. Got a limit of crappies this morning to clean up now.
Can't beat this late season bite! Good ice yet and the fish are cooperating!
Ice has really firmed up with the colder temps. Still cars and trucks out on the lake so accesses are still ok for vehicle passage. 24 F as of right now...making ice!
Went up on Reno this morning...caught a few but everyone was talking about "yesterday's bite". Isn't that the way it always goes. Yesterday they couldn't keep the crappies off the hook...this morning was more challenging but they were all waiting the the day to warm up and the bite to pick up. If you spent the morning out there I don't think you would have a problem getting a limit of crappies.
Still good reports from Waska on sunfish and crappies. I have not heard how good the crappie bite has been over the last couple of days but the sizes seem to be in the 11 to 12 inch size. Nice fish.
Waska and Reno are both putting out crappies all day with the morning and evening tending to be a little better. But that also can change as yesterday it seemed to be more mid day. That is why it is fishing.
Most are parking at the DNR landing with ATV or walking out...not too far of a walk...200 to 600 yards maybe depending on how far you want to go out. Crappies are moving in so it may get to be a shorter and shorter walk.
I drove off the access with my truck yesterday and most are still doing that. It is also a short 100 yard walk plus or minus.
I have had several calls on ice conditions so thought I would post an update. Ice conditions on both Reno and Waska are in great condition. Still vehicles out on both lakes. Some are walking or using ATVs however. A lot of ice!
Currently 34 F with just a gently breeze. Supposed to be calm winds all day with a high of 54 F. Wow...nice day! Tomorrow is supposed to be windy with a high of 52 F.
Waska probably has more gills than Reno but Reno gills were 1/2 lb. or more that I kept. Waska also has some nice 1/2 lb. gills but you will probably pick through them a little more.
Reno has more crappies than Waska but Waska crappies tend to be in the 11 to 12 inch range...Reno there are a lot of small ones to throw back with most keepers in the 10 inch range with a few bigger ones as well. I like the 10 inchers better for cleaning and eating anyway...so I usually throw anything 12" or more back. Those are usually the femal breaders anyway so it is good to keep those in the lake so we have crappies for the future. Same goes for the gills, I throw the really big one back...take care of the resource.
Not much driving on the lakes now...most are ATV or walking. Ice conditions are still really great once on the lake and it is dry on the ice for the most part. Forcast is rain for the week so conditions may change. I heard some ponds and lakes in the Twin Cities are open or opening...not the case out here, lakes are still good for fishing.
On one hand I like the ice and we have had a great season...but I am ready to get the boat out! Spring crappies on Reno and Waksa are increadible and the walleye opener is ALWAYS tremendous! Can't wait!
Up to my eyeballs getting food plot seed shipped out as well. Our bait shop is also our "Habitat Outlet Store" with native grass seed, trees, food plot seed, feeders, nest structures, etc., etc. Stop in some time and check it out and some of the deer mounts we have up from the 2008 hunt. Bring your aerial photos along if you want to talk options for your property.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954