Northwood's Fishing Report: Late December
As we slide into mid December, erratic weather patterns have really made the early ice fisherman's season precarious at best. Thus far ice is ranging in 4 to 5 inches with a good deal of slush on top. As slush prevents some areas from freezing, it is the opinion of the Musky Shop that fisherfolk should take great care when venturing out on the ice.
Guides have been having some action for pike with the use of large shiners. Walleye are also a good target under the ice and are currently hitting walleye suckers, XL Fatheads, and Medium Golden Shiners. Fred Palermo of the Musky Shop recommends the use of DK Majic Powder for some extra inviting flash. As dusk rolls in, vertical jigging with Rapalas and Acme Hyper Rips have also found success.
Luck on panfish while ice fishing has been achieved with the use of ice jigs and waxworms. This weeks report is really just the "tip of the iceberg" (literally) as colder weather is on the horizon. After the next hard freeze up, the bite is expected to explode and moving around on the ice will be much easier and safer.
*Live bait can be purchased in-store at the Musky Shop*