Ice Fishing Report- January 28th, 2023

Written by Mike Peluso

January 29, 2023

I took the mid week fishing report off this week. Some of the reason is things are just in stall mode in the ice fishing world. The conditions have not gotten better at all. In some cases it’s gotten worse. Again, there are some slush pockets on Devils Lake that will swallow you up. If you decide to venture up this way be prepared!

As far as the fishing is concerned. I have directed all my attention as of late to areas with better ice conditions and closer to shore. Doing so, I’m not chasing the perch as hard and sticking to fishing the walleyes. I know there is a basin perch bite going on, but slushing everything up isn’t worth it for me at the moment.

I was hoping this cold snap would heel up the ice, but it hasn’t. I’m going to be real curious if we are able to make it into March this season. We will see. One more major snow storm and I could see much of this coming to a halt.

Fishing for walleyes has been good! It’s a training session for our clients however. The walleye bite is obviously good early and slows way down during the day. I giggle about the difference in people’s mind sets. In the summer a limit of walleyes is a great day on the water. A limit of grinder bite walleyes is a slow day? I keep reassuring a bucket full of fish no matter what in the winter is a heck of a good day. Nothing fancy, old shoreline structure with rattle spoons, pj ridge rattlers on a JT Custom rod. Minnow heads and fill minnows have been best!

I do still have some scattered dates in February if anyone is looking to get out. We have the right equipment to get you on the lake and fishing comfortably. Get ahold of me to book a late ice fishing trip. I’m also filling dates up for our open water on the Missouri River near Bismarck this spring. Not much left in April, but I do have some great dates left in May! Again, get a hold of me for a true chance at a trophy walleye!

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