Time to put away that ice fishing gear and get out the long rods!
Time to put away that ice fishing gear and get out the long rods. Ice conditions have deteriorated to the point that very few anglers are still going out on the ice. While ice fishing has pretty much ended, the spring runs of pike and walleyes are just beginning. Coulees are opening and anglers are reporting pretty good pike fishing with some walleyes starting to bite as well. Some of the places anglers are reporting fish include Channel A, the Mauvee bridge, the bridges from Pelican to Churches Ferry, some of the open water spots near culverts on Pelican and the Flats, the coulees north of Webster, and most other coulees leading to Lake Alice and the Chain Lakes area. In these areas anglers are pitching some cranks, but typically this time of year a jig with a plastic tail in white or chartreuse works the best for both walleyes and pike. The best thing is that this is only the start of the open water season and fishing will get better every day as water temps increase. Also, North Dakota’s fishing season starts April 1st meaning a new fishing license is now required. Good Luck & Good Fishing!!!
Courtesy of Mitchell’s Guide Service