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Illinois Fishing Report – Jan. 17, 2020
Fishing with ice jigs under a slip-float can produce some exceptional catches this time of year. Live bait for most species is key. Floating minnows off the bottom on three-way rigs or suspended from a slip float can mean some fair catches of walleyes.
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Wisconsin Fishing Report – Jan. 17, 2020
It got cold enough over the past week to freeze much of the slush that was limiting areas that anglers could reach. Lakes across the state still aren’t in the best condition, but there was a lot more fishing activity last week than previously.
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Michigan Fishing Report – Jan. 10, 2020
There was no safe ice in southern Michigan, but a few anglers were getting out in open water on Lake Erie, the St. Clair River and Saginaw Bay and enjoying a pretty good walleye bite. Many of the shallower inland lakes in the northern Lower like Houghton were finally frozen over.
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Pennsylvania Fishing Report – Jan. 9, 2020
Wild temperature swings prevented ice fishing in most of the state. Limited ice fishing did occur briefly on lakes in some of the northcentral and northeastern counties in December but a warming trend caused conditions to deteriorate by the end of the month.
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Illinois Woods & Waters – Pistakee Lake, McHenry/Lake counties
One of the largest bodies of water on the Fox Chain, encompassing 1,700 acres, Pistakee has historically been a wintertime favorite for anglers. Pistakee Bay is one of the few deep spots on the south end of the collection of lakes. The depth here provides a huge wintering pool for multiple species of fish.
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