Fresno and Nelson Reservoirs Fishing Report by Brian Olson 12.28.23
By angelamontana

Posted: December 29, 2023

Fresno is 24% full. The pond is ice covered. The bays have about 6” and main lake has up to 4” of ice. Don’t be afraid to place tip ups with salted minnows in a foot of water especially at night. When the water is low bait will move to where it’s too shallow for larger fish to follow, but predators will cruise the shallows looking for prey. I only allow my tip ups to run out about 10’ of line to help eliminate snags.

Nelson is 78% full and pond is ice covered. Beware of gas pockets. Good catches of northerns are being taken in 6’ to 12’ of water. Tip ups or spearing are good chooses. Perch are mainly in 20’ or deeper. Walleye are being caught in shallow as well as deep water. Live bait and different jigs are working. Check ice conditions to be safe. Good luck!

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