The bitter cold kept fishermen indoors most of last week, but once the cold snap broke on Friday, it was good fishing, said Don Roscovius, owner of Rosco’s Live Bait in Tomah.
“I can gladly say that Saturday and Sunday, if you were out, you should have had no reason why you didn’t catch any fish,” he said.
Roscovius fished at Lake Tomah with his nephew and son, and all three caught fish.
“We caught a lot of panfish on waxies − did get a few crappies on them also,” he said. “We used three different colors, so I don’t think color made any difference ... color makes no difference, they’ve just been hungry.”
Other fishermen also had success at Lake Tomah, Roscovius said.
“Guys did really well on Sunday with panfish, and I heard a few northerns were caught,” he said. “In general fishing turned on. The warmer weather improved the chances.”
A fisheree was held at Eagle’s Nest this past weekend, and the fishing was great, Roscovius said. A lot of people were out, and he said the fish were cooperating.
“Eagle’s Nest had quite a bit of fish caught, not necessarily jumbos, but a couple of real nice crappies were caught and some pretty decent bass,” he said. “It was a good weekend, I think, for fishing in general.”
The bite was also good at Castle Rock and Petenwell.
Dennis Schnitzler, owner of Schnitzler’s Sports Store in Sparta, said area fishing was good until the rain came Sunday night.
“Fishing was picking up for a little bit, but after the rain who knows,” he said. “Now we have to wait until people get out there again, until the cold weather comes more toward the weekend.”
All area snowmobile trails are closed. The closest trails open are in Price and Sawyer counties, where conditions are reported good to excellent.