Mother Nature has finally brought some cold arctic air into northeast Wisconsin, which is great news for Sturgeon Spearers! The long range forecast is calling for a brief moderation in temperatures and then another cold blast from Canada.
The ice on Lake Winnebago and Poygan held up fairly well this past weekend despite rain, wind, and mid forty degree temperatures. The main lake now has 4-8 inches of solid ice, while the bays have upwards of 10"!
Water clarity is still murkier than desired for spearing, but expect it to improve with the cold temperatures in the forecast.
If you are looking to get out on the ice and catch some fish, Lake Poygan has been good for action. Anglers are catching a mixed bag of Walleyes, Perch, Crappies, and White Bass. White Bass are by far the most common fish being pulled through the ice, but a surprising amount of Crappies are also being caught. The best areas include an area know as Horseshoe Hole, which is located in the middle of Lake Poygan, as well as the edges of the hole.
Being mobile is key right now, as there is lots of barren water out there. A flasher is also key, since it will allow you to know what is happening underneath you! Best lures include Jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples, Forage Minnows, Buckshot Rattle Spoons, and Castmasters. Golds, silvers, and purples have been good for colors.
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