Good ice conditions continue into the first week of March, and with good cold weather forecasted all week, we will be in good shape again this weekend. Fishing has been good on Hamilton, Hills Creek, and Beechwood, though the bite has slowed some since previous weeks. Late ice can be tougher, but move around, change jig colors, explore new areas, and you will catch fish.
**Reminder- Trout season is CLOSED. Hamilton and Beechwood Lakes are open to year round fishing, but trout cannot be harvested until opening day.**
Anglers fishing Hills Creek are doing well from the stumps end to the middle of the lake. A lot of the bass and pickerel are running close to the stumps and the shoreline, and anglers are catching them use medium and large shiners. Panfish are being caught in similar areas, as well as out closer to the middle of the lake. Mornings and evenings are fishing best with slow periods through the middle of the day. Crappies are biting best during the last few hours of the day, and into the night. Popular jig colors include glow, white, green, clown, chartruese, perch, and silver. Green or Chartruese plastics are also working well. Try them rigged on a 4mm tungsten jig.
Hamilton continues to fish well with anglers catching good numbers of bluegills, crappies, and perch. Most of the bluegills have been smaller, but some very large perch have been caught. Waxworms, minnows, and larger jigs are working best for the bigger perch. Smaller tungsten jigs are catching the bluegills and crappies. Fishing has been best in the deeper water towards the dam.
Beechwood- A few nice pickerel and big bass were caught this week using shiners. Lots of small perch are being caught, but anglers are weeding through them to find a few keeps. Crappies are being caught on live minnows and waxwroms too. The bite has been spotty with some great days and some tough ones.
Good Luck and be safe out there! Spring is only 2 weeks away. Enjoy some ice fishing while you still can!