|Lake Winnebago Sunrise|
Saturday was Battle on Bago, which is a large Ice Fishing Tournament that draws thousands of people every year. The tournament increased the pressure on the lake, which caused the fish to somewhat scatter and move throughout the day. I still managed to catch 20 Walleyes, all between 13"-19", as well as a few nice Saugers. The key was to move to stay on the active fish. It was almost like clock work after awhile. Cut a hole, catch a couple fish, then move 50 yards and repeat. It seemed like the fish were around right away when moving, and then after a half an hour they were gone. This technique worked great, but it wasn't nearly as convenient as the fishing was on Thursday!
I also noticed that the schools of Whitebass seemed to be right behind the main school of Walleyes. When you were in the right school you were catching Walleyes and Saugers, when they moved on you began to catch large Whitebass. The Whitebass were your sign to move again.
The fish were caught on Swedish Pimples and Jigging Rapalas, the Blue and Chrome Rapala was good as well as the plain silver Swedish Pimple.
The fishing is showing no signs of slowing down out there, but remember this time of the year the ice begins to deteriorate so play it safe out there, no fish is worth your life! Good luck out there and be sure to keep moving until you find the motherload!