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will still be ice cover on opening weekend. Northern pike action is picking up, with some nice fish getting active. We need some steady, warm weather for largemouth bass. We have some melting happening, but it is more obvious on the ground than on the lakes. For now, try casting spinnerbaits and larger plastics. . Turkey flocks are now breaking up, the toms are starting to respond to calling, and in the past week hunters have harvested several nice gobblers around the area.
As the month progresses, expect trollers to start seeing fish again, but right now the key is suckers!. . The musky bite is improving, water temperatures in the 50s have fish in a feeding mode, and anglers are catching some nice fish. The season runs October 13 through November 11 and December 13-21 in the Clam Lake elk range in parts of Sawyer, Bayfield, Ashland, and Price counties.
Not too many anglers are on the water, except for musky anglers, and the bite is solid, with suckers on quick-set producing most of the catches. Deerfoot Lodge will host DNR fisheries biologist Max Wolter this Friday, May 4, for a presentation on the State of the Chippewa Flowage. Meeting at Flat Creek Eatery,.m. Walleye: Walleye action is good to very good and improving. Hunters may enter both, but only win once. Northern suckers, spinners, spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits, and swimbaits are all productive baits. The Flowage is down about 6.5 feet from full pool, but based on a discussion with a local guide, some people believe it will fill up quickly this week. Smallmouth bass season is catch and release only until June. . Remember it is still catch and release on the inland streams through Friday May.