Since the lake conditions may be rapidly changing, remember that fishing isn’t the only sport utilizing the lake and dealing with these sloppier conditions. So be careful where you are drilling your holes and stay away from the barrels for snowmobiles and if possible, consider that they may also be dealing with the slushy conditions and may not be riding the path closest to the barrels; so, make sure to easily make your gear location identifiable to riders to avoid problems. Location and situation awareness becomes a key part to fishing during this time of the season.
Panfish: Bluegills are being found in the green weeds using small jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or tipped with plastic. Perch are being caught on the deeper green weed edge where the mud meets. Crappies are starting to move into the weeds with the warmer weather.
Also, just a reminder that gamefish season in Wisconsin and boundary water lakes closed (such as Lac Vieux Desert and some of the Cisco Chain). On March 15th the inland waters of MI also close for remaining gamefish species. Also, a heads up that the date for permanent ice shack removal from MI boundary waters is March 15th and the area inland waters is March 31st. Wisconsin’s removal is to be done by March 18th. Keep in mind that the annual WI fishing licenses will be expiring on March 31st.
Happy fishing! Selective harvest is the way to go. Colin Crawford's Guide Service, firstname.lastname@example.org (715)891-2715. Website is www.crawfordfishing.com or you can also find Phelps Outdoors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. NPAA #94.