Hey guys, My dad and I are thinking about making a day trip to the big lake on Jan. 7th or 8th. We would be coming from St. Paul and have never fished the lake before. It will be the one ice fishing trip of the year so we hope to make it a good one.
Can anyone give me some tips on location for some walleye? We have a car and can drive on some roads if need be but I have been hearing alot about pressure ridges cutting of access to some roads.
We would prefer to walk out if possible or atleast not drive far.
Any help would be great, we are looking to harvest enough for a dinner and then release the rest after a quick photo. Any spots will be kept secret if that is your wish.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would prefer to not post a favorite spot.
I can swap some tips with you for lakes in the duluth area or metro area if you like.
East - Walleye anglers have been reporting consistent action on the reefs in 10 to 15 feet of water. There also has been some good reports coming from the south end gravel bars in 24 feet of water. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are producing more consistently than setlines. You'll find some perch in the bays, with most of the keeping-sized fish running about nine inches long. Call for daily ice updates and travel information on the lake, because of the warm weather.
West - During the day, work the deep edge of the flats in 30 to 34 feet of water. Slide into 25 to 28 feet during lowlight periods of the day. Seguchie's Flat, Sherman's Flat, and the Eight Mile all have provided steady walleye activity with jigging spoons. Perch are scattered throughout the flats, although somebody seems to fall on a school of jumbos each day.