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December 30th, 2019

The Timbers Resort
Ice fishing report Lake Gogebic 12/30/19
First, I would like to start this report by saying that so far this year we have gotten 113” of snow. ( Big Snow Country) So as you can imagine getting snow amounts of that magnitude can create some challenges out on the frozen lake. With that being said Lake Gogebic is the most brutal lake I have ever been on in the winter. Being prepared before you get here is key to having a good time ice fishing on Lake Gogebic.
Best way to get around on the lake is with a long track snowmobile and a portable shelter. You will see some hard shacks on the lake but those are private shacks that are basically used for tip up fishing by the locals. They have to get jacked up and set on blocks because of the amount of snow that we get.
Currently we have 6-8” of ice in bay on the north end of the lake by The Timbers Resort in Bergland. The ice thickness is uneven and varies in areas. People are getting out there but please be smart and use caution as you venture on the lake. You need to check as you go. The main part of the lake is not safe yet. We have had warm weather for the last week which has created a lot of slush situations on the lake right now. Temperatures dropped last night and things tightened up a bit but what we need right now is cold Temps with no snow but that’s usually not how it works around here. We’ll see what Mother Nature brings us over the next week or so. For up to the minute reports feel free to call me at The Timbers Resort 906-575-3542 and I will give you an honest report as to what’s going on.
Some walleyes are being taking through the ice in the shallow weedy areas in low light conditions meaning early morning or evenings using tip ups with both sucker minnow and fat head minnows. Some of our customers are also reporting some bonus perch and some northern pike action while fishing for the walleyes. Perch and some crappie are being taken in deeper water near the mud flats. Best presentation for the perch and crappie is dead sticking using small jigs and wigglers.
Our Winter Ice fishing guide here at The Timbers Resort “Justin Soffa” is a very knowledgeable multi specie fisherman that can get you out on Lake Gogebic and teach you how to catch these fish. He works well with people of all skill levels. If interested in a guided fishing trip give us a call at The Timbers Resort 906-575-3542 We can go over all the details with you and help you plan your ice fishing vacation to the U.P.


Captain Tim Long
The Timbers Resort.
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