The end of the work week brought the people of the Northeast winter storm Nemo. Most schools were closed and Boston was bracing themselves for two feet of snow, we went fishing. . .
We arrived to our setback early and found that the snow totals in this area were not as much as home. Encouraging this was but the long walk down a steep hill and the longer walk back up it killed that excitement. The plan for the day was to set up a few tip ups in hopes of getting a Walleye to take the bait. We drilled our holes, our buddy Mark cut some more holes while I set the jacks. Once we were set up we began jigging for panfish. Using the electronics we “trolled” around looking for fish. There was no shortage of fish! (but) I’ve never, in all my years fishing seen fish so lethargic. I would pull up to a hole that was literally stacked with fish, 6-7 suspended in the water column. The fish would either not move, or swim back down and disappear. This gave me the chance to refine my cadence and try some different things to try and entice these fish into biting. Two cadences seemed to work better than normal. The first was to pound, literally pound the jig. I made my jig violently bouncing through the water column as to almost upset the fish into biting. These fish seemed to become agitated with my bait as it worked down towards them, often times leading to a strike. The second pattern that worked well was a slight bounce, which was interesting since the aggressive tactic worked. There was not happy medium. It was pound or close to dead-stick that triggered the fish on this day.
We followed the fish as the slowly moved through the channel trying to pick out the aggressive ones. Mark was able to land a nice Crappie that actually got stuck in the 6-inch iced up hole.
After a few hours and no luck on the flags other than wind flags we made a move into shallower water. Shortly after re-setting Mark landed this little Northern.
I was able to find a few fish for the frying pan as we worked thro0ugh the day. All and all the day was a struggle but we made the best of it. I did manage to catch this great Bluegill suspended in 20fow. The fish was at least 10 inches and I would say close to a pound.