Not much to report on the fishing bite here in the Tomahawk area as of late as anglers wait out this brutal arctic front that continues to impact the state. Saw on a local news station this morning the Tomahawk area was the coldest place in the United States. I had -31 degrees at the house and a woman I work with had -34 degrees when she left to start the day. Burrr. Good news is a warm front is forecasted to begin pushing in Friday and highs this weekend could reach 30 degrees, which I'm sure will feel like a heat wave after what we have been through as of late. Did manage to get out for a few hours this past Saturday morning and had some success fishing walleyes. The fish actually seemed to prefer the larger shiners we had set up in the channel (15 feet) over the smaller shiners and large fatheads. We did catch some nice gills jigging in the shack for the first time this year. All we had been catching prior was walleyes of various sizes and a few crappies scattered in. Looks like weather wise we will have a good weekend to get out and try some new spots for panfish. Truck travel was pretty decent where we were fishing Saturday, although I heard on the Willow things might be getting a bit rough due to the snow and ruts created by the slush that was out there. The first ice fishing tourneys of the season are taking place in the Tomahawk area this weekend. Nokomis will host the 6th annual AMVETS Post 724 ice fishing contest Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Hwy. N boat landing. For more info, contact 715-493-3176 or go to www.amvetspost724.org/events
. The Willow will also host a tourney Saturday as the Willow Have Fish Derby runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some $3,000 in door prizes to be awarded. Call Gary for more information at 715-453-3678. Also mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Tomahawk Fishing Unlimited Family Fishing Contest to be held at Road Lake Pub and Grill on Hwy. S will take place Saturday, Jan. 25. Fish anywhere and register fish at Road Lake later in the day for a chance to win cash. Newest power augers and electronics also to be registered off. Well it looks like we will finally have an entire weekend of nice weather to get out and enjoy come Friday. Expect to see plenty of activity on the ice as a lot of cooped up people will be looking to get out and enjoy. Remember to be respectful of others and only act as you would prefer to be treated. Good luck, don't forget to pack the snow shovel, and enjoy your Northwoods ice time.