Why on earth would a guy be using a wheeler on this ice? I could see if it was thicker. But this ice? Just making it more dangerous for those that walk out and walk off. Common sense must be dead.
MOON PHASE (12%)
Got into a bunch of Gills all day. Missed a very nice Pike on a tip up with a smelt. Saw him cruise through on the camera seconds before the flag. Fish seemed staggered in water column best bite was several feet off the bottom making the fish come up. White ice jig worked best today. The ice was singing early on. Boy, that sound never gets old. No bananas!
MOON PHASE (12%)
Out 9-5 today,slow few decent gills, maybe a dozen tiny gills.watched a wheeler go threw. lucky it was shallow. too bad not more people came to help. there's still a few of us that instantly went into rescue mode. 4 wheeler is out and everyone is safe.
Sean/FRR: Thanks for the heads up on the "shanty tax". It's good to know. Absolutely ridiculous, but good to know before getting hit with a fine. I usually fish Bangs several times a season. I also usually buy food, gas, and bait while I am in Wauconda. No more. There are lots of other good places around. Thanks again for raising awareness of this nonsense.
That's interesting to know that it's always been in place slab gills, thanks. It definitely sounds like now they'll start patrolling more, it was in the meeting notes for last January's Natural Resource Committee meeting for the city; "increase patrol and enforcement of the ordinances pertaining to ice fishing".
So I guess help spread the word as I'm guessing most won't know this unless it's posted. Hopefully the local authorities will give out warnings for first time offenders...
Lastly, I think it'll drive attendance down as I for one won't be coming to Bangs (with the exception of tournaments...) so hopefully that doesn't negatively affect anything. Hell, may be a benefit.
Happy Holidays all.
Below is a letter that may clarify a few things regarding the ice shanties on Bangs Lake...
December 29, 2016,
Clarification: Recreation Regulations- Fishing and Fishing Shelters
To whom it may concern,
The Wauconda Police Department in conjunction with the Natural Resource Committee revised several ordinances as they pertain to Fishing Shelters. The permit fees have always been in place but due to lack of personnel, there has been no police presence on Banks Lake during the ice fishing season. Increased fees will ensure the safety and security of Bangs Lake by providing the Marine Unit with winter patrol hours, restocking, and Lake management/maintenance.
Shelters fees do not apply to fishing tournaments on Bangs Lake. Clarification for shelter fees are as follows;
$45.00 (One-Time Fee) for a Permanent Shelter. This shelter can be left on the ice all season, unattended.
$25.00 (One-Time Fee) for a Temporary Shelter. This shelter must be taken down daily, must not be left unattended, and can be erected throughout the entire season.
No fee for fishing without a shelter e.g., anglers sitting on a bucket on the open ice
All Shelters, Permanent or Temporary, must register with the Wauconda Police Department.
Please feel free to contact Marine Unit Sgt. Michael Aiardo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-526-2421.
Chief of Police