After the last two winters, if anyone said they would be fishing 40-degree open water in January, people would fall over laughing. But it isn’t so funny now. In fact, the fishing is downright decent and has the potential of producing some good numbers of crappie, bass, stripers, pickerel and walleye.
The time of the day you do your fishing is a key factor in fishing a mild winter. On a normal year, with the exception of walleyes, by mid-November, bass, crappie and pickerel, along with perch and other panfish, will be most active during the midday and late afternoon hours when the sun will be on the water long enough to give the water temp a boost.
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