Fishing with the Guides by George Langley. Week of 3/17 to 3/24.
There is not much ice fishing going on at this point to report to you. People have been avoiding it, as after that big snow it was difficult to get around. However, we are hearing from those that do go out that conditions have greatly improved.
It is a great time of the year to be alive. This warming weather is a delight. It tells of much nicer things to come, even though like many of us this writer is dealing with some moisture in the basement. When we get to this time of year, the weather forecast is always nice to see when it is warming.
There is still some good ice fishing ahead. The late spring panfishing is great, especially the crappie fishing. When the holes stay open in early April, and we can get around on the ice easily, the evening crappie fishing is the best of the year. This great pattern will last right up to the ice-out. There have been times when it is warm enough to fish in those evenings in a “T” shirt. Be careful of the sun, even at this time of year. You can get a pretty good sunburn on those nice evenings.
As far as fishing goes, there have been a few people out, but not many. Crappies in the holes are the fish to go for now, and they are getting a few. They seem to be more scattered than usual. Small rosie reds or crappie minnows are great. Deeper water is good now, but as it warms start looking for these fish to move shallower and become especially active in the evenings as the sun hits the tree tops. When they really get going later, you can get by with light flashy lures without even live bait.
As we get later in the spring, we start thinking about the early season perch fishing. This will start right away after the ice goes out and will last for about a week. It is a great pattern for several reasons – the fish are nice sized and it's a good chance to check out your tackle and boat.
See - - there's always something to look forward to!
Good luck and good fishin’!
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