Open water in January has fishermen scrambling. Expecting to be on the ice until early March, fishermen were greeted with open water including the channels. Warm temperatures even brought out the fair-weather fishermen, which is highly unusual during the third week in January. Fishermen were looking for fish and according to reports were catching some crappies. Boat fishermen appeared and could be found in the normal popular spots around the lake. Long Island, Moundwood, and the Preserve saw fishermen. Deeper water in dead-end channels can produce fish from time to time.
Warm weather and open water also brought out the saugeye fishermen. Bank fishermen were having some success, and a few fish were caught trolling in the usual deeper water areas. Dream Bridge produced some fish according to Lakeside Pro Bass. Jigging with blade baits like the Vibe E, Slender Spoon, and Swedish Pimple is a popular fishing method. Some fishermen were trolling crank baits. Indian Lake has a 15-inch limit on saugeye and walleye. The river was flooded below the dam, and fishermen are expected to be checking for fish as the water recedes.
Ice fishermen are still hoping for some colder weather since nice catches of bluegills and crappies were being taken through the ice before warm temperatures hit. The unusual weather has caused successful fishermen to think outside the box. Since average temperatures in our area start going up the middle of January, many fishermen are starting to focus on spring.