Forget walleye

The past week was a bust for most anglers in the area.

Walleyes in a bucket on Lake of the Woods. When walleye are scarce, give other types of fish a try. (Sam Cook/Forum News Service file photo)

Walleyes in a bucket on Lake of the Woods. When walleye are scarce, give other types of fish a try. (Sam Cook/Forum News Service file photo)

We all know how much of a weather dependent sport this is during open water, and this last week's weather also demonstrates that winter fishing is heavily influenced by Mother Nature.

The close to record-setting cold from Monday to Thursday almost made us forget about the additional 5 inches of snow, followed by high winds and blizzard like conditions we also had during this last week right before the cold snap. This polar vortex stuff gets old quick.

As you read this now, we are back into a manageable ice fishing weather pattern. We will get some more cold snaps, as we always do in February, but nothing like we just finished getting through.

As we are into February now, you can plan on having about six more weeks of ice fishing in our area, and about eight more weeks on Lake of the Woods. The walleye season for our area closes at the end of this month, but stays open on Lake of the Woods.

It is still the time of the ice season when a slowdown of fish activity is pretty normal. That slowdown is not just here, but all over the state, and even on some of the hot bite lakes like Red, LOW, Leech, Winni, and Mille Lacs.

Even during some of the slower part of the season, some fish will be easier and more active to catch more consistently than the walleyes. 

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