Fishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for Jan. 14 – Appleton Post Crescent

Fishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for Jan. 14

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about635562329326462216-14-Dec22-26in-NP1 Fishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for Jan. 14 - Appleton Post CrescentFishing report for the Upper Chippewa Basin for Jan. 14Ice cover has continued to firm up and most lakes in the Northwoods now have 12- to 15-inches of ice. Try Another Audio CAPTCHA Image CAPTCHA Help {# #} CancelSendSent!A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Skip Sommerfeldt 11:03 a.m. CST January 14, 2015Skip Sommerfeldt with a Northern pike caught in northern Wisconsin in December 2014.(Photo: Submitted by Skip Sommerfeldt)With the recent cold temperatures, ice cover has continued to firm up and most lakes in the Northwoods now have 12- to 15-inches of ice. There is also 5- to 8-inches of snow on top of the ice, but strong winds have moved the snow around and created some deeper drifts in various spots. Most of the slush areas that formed around Christmas have since frozen and there have been quite a few motorized vehicles observed on the lakes. The generally cold and windy weather of the past week kept ice fishing pressure on the light side. The anglers that did get out last week were mostly targeting walleye and action was sporadic. The successful anglers were finding a few eater-size walleye in 6- to 12-feet of water and along deep weed edges, break lines or deeper mud flats. The fish seemed to prefer medium suckers or large fathead minnows and bit best in the hour before dark.With the cold and deeper snow cover, Northern pike activity has let up a bit and very few reports of success have come in.Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com: More ice fishing reports from around the state

Panfish anglers also seem to have taken a break in the past week, with just a couple reports of some fair perch action coming in.

This is typically the coldest week of the year and average daily temperatures should start rising from here on out through the rest of the winter! Milder temperatures are predicted for the upcoming weekend and look for a big increase in fishing pressure and hopefully success as well!

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