Yea im afraid ice fishing is done for the year, but if you thought the ice bite was good, just wait til the water warms up a bit and the crappie start really hitting. Nothing like it
Lake Summerset, Winnebago County
Went out to check the ice today, after putting the ice poles away for the season. Lots of open water by the north side of the dam and some on shorelines. Looks like the ice is hanging in with all its mite.
Did cast a couple times just to say i did.
MOON PHASE (99%)
41° - 45° F
Below 40° F
Was out braving the elements this morning hoping to get a few of those giant musky on crappie rigs??
Probably caught around 30 gills and perch with the biggest being around 3 inches.
Talked to a bunch of people and nobody was having much luck with anything of any size.
Ice is still holding up for now but with the warm up im afraid it will be over soon, shorelines are starting to open up and getting weak on the north side
MOON PHASE (99%)
Got out yesterday and action was Hot from the start before it really died down around 1:30.
I ended with 15 nice Crappie and 6 big gills.
Now for side fishing story that I'll never forget. My buddy hooked into a huge fish jigging for crappie and Gills. As he slowly pulled it towards the hole with his 3 pound test line we were excited to see what it might be.
It was really strange because it hadn't fought much at all. After 5-10 minutes it comes into sight and we realize he has a 40 plus inch (Tiger?) Musky on. We'll just about that time it decided to fight.
We didn't really have anything to grab him with and we are trying to get him through a 6 inch hole. But he was able to get he head into the hole twice. We missed a good opportunity the first time and the second time he was almost up high enough in the hole to where I could grab him and snap goes the line.
I felt awful that I couldn't have grabbed a hold of him. It really was to difficult to get my hand down along side of him in the small hole.
I did get a picture of the top of his head the first time he got it near the hole just in case it broke off.
Anyway we stuck it out for a bit longer but the fishing just turned off.
Ice was 10 inches but the top 2 inches by the end of the day seemed soft to me. Good Luck and be safe..........F.P.
MOON PHASE (78%)
Was out Friday and Saturday. My focus on Friday was Perch. Well you don't have to go far in this lake to find perch. They are everywhere and I marked Huge Schools of them. Now the hunt was finding keepers. I did manage 4 keepers between 9-11 inches. Measured the ice that day with a ruler at 10.5 inches.
Saturday was back to target gills and Crappie. Found both but it was tough to get on some keepers. I did manage 12 nice Crappie and 3 big gills......F.P.
MOON PHASE (1%)
21° - 25° F
Well its a private lake so you first need to know someone who lives there that will let you in. Then they fish out from the beach on the south side, theres an old road bed that goes across. They fish by the dike and dam also for walleye. You can park at the launch the beaches and a few of the park areas. You should be able to tell were they've been fishing. I believe you need to buy there license and a few other rules, I haven't fished there in a few years but it can be hot.
Me and my buddy want to try to ice fish this lake on sunday . We were thinking to fish Lake Michigan for cohos or browns or to fish Lake Clinton for crappies but it looks like its too cold for open water fishing in the boat so we decided to try this lake. We never fished it so we need some info like where to start/ parking area, depth we shoud fish ? We are not looking for hot spot just want to stay safe and maybe catch something . Any info greatly appreciated. If any of you fellow angler want to meet us and fish with us you are more than welcome. Thank You.