This has been a weird year for early ice fishing to be sure. Leech lake and area lakes just got going on some early ice building when we got seriously snowed on. As much as we have been complaining about the lack of safe ice, it isn't even Christmas yet. Pulling a sled over and through slush and deep snow paid off a little as I iced my first few quality Leech Lake Crappies of the season. Small spoons and tungsten jigs did not tempt the fish. It took a lively minnow on a plain hook to get any action at all on these post-cold front fish.
I captured one such capture (and release) on video.
Snow and cold may give us a little more time to dream about our flashers getting lit up like a Christmas tree. Look to get tree'd up this month on break-lines near green weeds where Crappies or Bluegills may still be hanging out.