Big Stone Lake Fishing Report and Ice Conditions (Early March Perch and Bluegill)
The perch and panfish bite is beginning to pick up again as we transition from mid-winter to late ice patterns on Big Stone Lake. This week it appears that the perch are starting to school up a little better than they had been since the beginning of January.
Ice conditions are great with around two feet of solid ice and no slush. Snow is now an issue on the lake. Recent snowfall and high winds have drifted in isolated spots on the lake. Travel is still possible when avoiding deeper drifts.
Good locations for perch have been in the basin, in the central two thirds of the lake. Bluegills can be found in the southern half of the lake, using similar areas as the perch. Depths haven't been specific for either, but 12'-14' is always a good starting point. The best presentation continues to be the standard gold tungsten jig tipped with spikes, quivered about 18" off the bottom. Honorable mention this week goes to a plain hook and minnow. The last couple of months have not been great for minnows however, that seems to have changed. Often times the biggest fish of the day will come on the minnow.
A common mistake I see many anglers make is jigging too aggressively. A slight quiver is much more effective.
One last note, walleye fishing is open year round on Big Stone Lake. Big Stone Lake is Minnesota and South Dakota border water with special regulations. Good Luck Fishing! Ryan