The end of the frozen water period is coming soon, but there still is opportunities to get on the ice for some late season pan fishing. There is still plenty of ice for foot and wheeler traffic and many of the lakes in the Grand Rapids area are providing decent catches of crappies, bluegills, and perch.
Little Bowstring, Big Balsam, Shallow, Splithand, and Pokegama lakes are definitely places to try late ice opportunities. Perch fishing can be hot this time of year for perch are fairly early spawners and they are chasing down food to build up there nourishment. Jay Gould and Big Winnie are places to cash in on late season perch bonanzas at late ice. Both of these bodies of water can produce mega perch to 12 inches, but for the most part just nice 9-11 inches for your bucket. Small spoons with a minnow head or tail can be magic, or a few carefully placed euro larvae can also do the trick. Look for edges of breaklines and points in depths of 8-15 feet for the most consistent action. Drill several holes and move from one to another finding biters. Good electronics like a Humminbird Helix 7 will help you to stay on active fish. When not out late season ice fishing, its time to begin getting your open water equipment ready for the season. We will help you to get ready in the next few weeks for a successful 2019 season.