Open water in January had fishermen scrambling. Warm temperatures even brought out the fair-weather fishermen, which is highly unusual this early in the season. Fishermen are looking for fish and according to reports are catching some nice crappies along with a few bluegills. According to some fishermen, catching bluegills this early in the season is highly unusual. The fishing is at least a month ahead of schedule. Some good catches of crappies running 10-12 inches were being taken off the top of pad beds. Fishermen were using small jigs and fishing roughly two feet above the pad stems. These spots will become difficult to fish as the pads develop. Long Island and the Game Reserve saw a number of fishermen. Deeper water in dead-end channels can also produce fish from time to time.
Warm weather and open water also brought out the saugeye fishermen. Bank fishermen are having some success. Weather and wind direction have a major effect on bank fishing for saugeye. 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 has good water below the dam, and fishermen are expected to be checking for fish.
The unusual weather has caused successful fishermen to think outside the box. According to reports from Lakeside Pro Bass, fishermen are definitely focusing on spring fishing.