Wow! That’s all we can say about the weather last weekend. There is a lot of snow on the ice now, and it is next to impossible to figure out when anglers are going to be able to get back on the ice. 

Our best hope is the bigger lakes, where some nice ice fishermen are going to plow their way out and thus make trails for others. 

When you do get out there, you will find a lot of slush, so rubber boots are in order. Let’s be honest, there will be few anglers out this week as most people are snowplowing, snowblowing and roof shoveling. What a mess. 

Because of this weather, we really had few, if any, anglers out there over the weekend. That means there is little to report. Be extra careful going out on the ice, we have had reports of guys getting stuck in that slush with trucks, snowmobiles and ATVs. Auger extensions will be needed soon if not already.

For walleyes, we only have through the weekend to fish for them as the game fishing season closes March 3. All the usual patterns were working before the storm. Evenings were best and some jigging in deep water was working on the bigger, deeper lakes.

Northern fishing will be OK again if you can get to them. Larger shiners work in the weeds and the deeper the weeds the better.

At least for panfish we have something to look forward to. As this snow is reduced by the sun and warmer weather, we’ll have an increased ability to get around. The bluegill and crappie fishing is especially good as this weather warms in March. Look for great crappie fishing in the spring before ice-out, as crappies stage daily and head for the weeds on many lakes just as the sun hits the tree tops. The very best times are when it gets warm enough that the holes don’t freeze overnight. This great fishing really gives us something to look forward to.

I have to leave for now. I have some snowblowing and some roof raking to do.

Good luck and good fishin’.