Drive past everyday, I personally haven't seen anyone. I know there is 2 inches on the fox river channel though. Need to get rid of these 40+ degree days. Hoping to get out before Xmas
Bangs was better back in the day, I will agree. But the fishing is getting better. I am out about 4 times a week at least for the past 8 years. It is slowly progressing in a positive way in regards to catching more (not bigger) fish. If you cant catch them or locate them it may be time to pick up a new hobby, With some of the attitudes on here knitting blankets may be right up your alley
Grew up in Wauconda. Have fished Bangs for well over 40 years. It has never been managed correctly IMO. Open space is now built up. Think Cooks Grove and Berger's Channel. Now add in the pressure this lake now receives. How many Ice Derby's out there now? Introducing new people to a lake they never heard of. That then come back. Over and over again. Used to be a few permanent ice shacks. All you had to do was register with the Village Hall. No fee. No fee on portable shacks ether. Over harvest by locals and out of towners. Has always been an issue. A shrinking forage base for game fish and pan fish. Size and numbers down. Someone will always catch a nice fish or two and say see the lake is thriving. Back in the day anyone who knew how to fish. Could and did catch nice fish and there were numbers too. While some fees are now used for stocking. A good chunk of them go towards the fancy toys to patrol the lake. I think the Police and IDNR would be better off checking fisherman walking off at the parking lots. While i will always ice fish this home lake. It is not as it was and probably never will be again. There are other area lakes that are way better now a days.
Haha I don’t who you are kidding but those fees go to the squirrel Pattrol on the ice. I fished this lake before the fees for ice fishing and will never go back. There is no difference. They are not dumping all the money into the lake.
Bangs has been bad the past few years but that's because I didnt know where to go. There is structure and plenty of fish. Last year was a great year on the ice. Looking forward to this year. Get out with somebody who knows a thing or two about fishing before you make your opinion. I was always complaining about the fees but you can truly tell they are going to the lake. Bite has been way better
There is structure in the lake. Just need to know where it's at. My only issue with the lake is lack of forage. My opinion is they should do some selective harvesting of the bass rather than it be c&r. The lake does hold some big bass and gives up 40"+ pike every year.