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With recent cold temperatures ice conditions on area lakes is very good. Most area lakes have 5- to 8-inches of good solid ice and guys are accessing their favorite locations by both foot and ATV/snowmobile travel.

The bite has been fantastic for walleyes, especially during low light periods and after dark. Most of the action is occurring in less than 6 feet of water associated with green weeds or shallow muddy bays. The best bite has been on large golden shiners or medium sized walleye suckers set about one foot off the bottom on a tip-up.

The bite for northern pike has been very good and we are seeing a lot of upper 20- to mid-30-inch fish being caught. Most of the action is on tip-ups baited up with large golden shiners set right below the ice in 3- to 5-feet of water.

The panfish have been very active and anglers are really pounding a way at them with nice catches of bluegills, crappies and some decent perch. Most of the fish are being caught on the tiny tungsten jigs tipped with spikes or waxies but a few guys are trying plastics and doing well too.

More on ice fishing: Ice fishing news from around the state | Your ice fishing photos | Build a map | Read ice fishing reports

Have a great week.

Phil Schweik writes about his seasonal hunting and fishing patterns in Central Wisconsin along with tips and tactics on how to be successful while you are in the field or on the water.

Phil Schweik is a lifelong resident of Central Wisconsin who lives in Mosinee. Phil is a fishing and hunting guide for Hooksetters Guide Service and a professional musky tournament fisherman. He can be reached by checking out the Hooksetters’ website at

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