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GrouseTales
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FISHING REPORT
2/9/14 9:04 AM CST
Ice Depth: 30" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
Fished Big Arb on 2/7/14. Most area lakes have severe slush conditions, but Big Arb wasn't too bad if you stay on the packed snowmobile trails. There is a vehicle trail of the S/E launch that will get you out towards the center bar. The farther west you go, the worse for vehicle traffic. Trucks were getting stuck even on the packed snowmobile trails. Snow is deep once off the trail, but slush wasn't too bad in the general area of the Four Seasons. Heavy sled traffic makes it feel like your fishing in the middle of a freeway.

We were catching decent gills on orange/chartreuse rockers tipped with red spikes and wax worms. 10' of water with shallow weeds on bottom. Once medium sized crappie after dark. Only 1 flag with nothing on it. Stayed out to 8pm hoping for a walleye bite, but nothing.

We eyeballed the north bay near the launch. There is a plowed trail leading to a few shacks near shore, but travel beyond that is very difficult.

Ice is approximately 30" thick. Almost bottomed out the auger before breaking through.

Big Head Firkie
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2/4/14 1:05 PM CST
how is the snow? how is the fishing? anyone plowing the snow?

nwfisherman1
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1/2/14 2:14 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Air Temp: Below 0° F
Been up here fishing pretty much every evening and morning since dec 25th and walleye bite is slow. Have caught a walleye or two each day and one burbot. Hoping this cold moves out and this weekend warm up turns the fish on! Will post on how i do! Good luck to others who are braving the frigid temps!

jcieslica
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12/28/13 9:45 PM CST
Ice Depth: 14"
Hey Wack'em, were you fishing by the island? I was down there today and only got a couple...

wack'em & stack'em
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12/28/13 8:33 PM CST
Ice Depth: 13" Conditions: Cloudy
hammered them ..... caught 40+ kept 7

JethroBodine
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12/28/13 6:26 PM CST
(shrugs)

My point was I don't think the "vast majority" are "resource rapers".

Bass/northern/muskie fishermen are a BIG piece of the angling populations:

http://www.texasbassfishing.com/us-fishing-facts.asp

38% percent of all fishermen are bass fishermen, we don't keep fish. (another stat I found said 44% of all fishermen are bass fishermen)

I don't know any IL fishermen, but the "meat" fishermen (walleye, panfish, trout) I know still aren't out there trying to put every single fish they can in the well or creel.

There are surely slobs who are greedy and bag to the max then over bag, but if the "vast majority" that guy knows are among them, he needs to make some new friends and acquaintances.

As far as "my name fitting me goes", I done graduated the sixth grade....and then picked up a few bachelors. Wouldn't put myself forth as the smartest guy in the room, but I know some fancy cypherin' nonetheless..

Cool

fredeye
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12/28/13 7:18 AM CST
jethro you keep fish from madison and thats ok! your name fits you perfectly

releasethem88
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12/27/13 9:49 PM CST
I completely agree with jethro. i live in southern wisconsin and fish down here a lot the only time i keep fish is during the winter. only panfish. when i use to work up in st.germain it was sorta disturbing the amount of fish i was seeing kept.The limits should be all changed to slots for game fish(even though i never keep them)panfish should be changed to 10-15 a day. I fish a lake that has a slot limit and for that reason we have pulled northers up to 45 out and 6lb largemouths and 30 inch eyes. so realy people keeping every walleye they catch and 6inch panfish go fish your own lakes. northern lakes get so much pressure...

JethroBodine
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12/22/13 8:55 PM CST
"The vast majority of Wisconsin sportsman (and Illinois kin) are very greedy and don't care much about the health of our resources."

I don't keep any fish I catch in open water season.

I kept twenty 7-8" bluegills yesterday from one of the Madison Lakes, but those are the first I've kept this ice season out of many caught.

When I ice fish "up north", I don't keep any.

I have a hard time believing there aren't a lot of other sport fishermen out there. I primarily target bass and pike, guys like me aren't fishing for lunch. Wink

[This post was last edited on 12/23/13 at 9:23 PM]
the predator
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12/19/13 11:19 AM CST
How's the fishing been? Going to be comingup next weekend targeting panfish and some walleye.

Shad
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12/19/13 8:47 AM CST
Its very simple on this lake and every time we fish or hunt, practice what you preach!

It does not matter if you fish for fun, food or money, so practice what you preach! I look at the guides who tell others to have restraint when they themselves take a limit at least once a day, and say:

Geez guys, Practice what you Preach!!

ICEMAN420
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12/17/13 7:54 AM CST
Do not fish Big Arb then it is a lake that is too popular to too many people over fished plain and simple. There are plenty of other lakes in the area that don't receive nearly as much pressure and just as good of a fishery and a a pretty hush hush secret. So either stop your whining and find a different lake or continue to whine and have a terrible ice fishing season.

Have a good one.

WIGooseHunter
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12/16/13 9:05 PM CST
Besides the Indians they guides have a huge impact on the fishing up here. They are on the hot bite 24-7 and are there to please the customers. That means 24-25 inch walleyes being kept all the time, these are the walleyes that should be released. Don't believe me just look at there old pictures. Personally me a 50$ guide license is not enough for how many fish they harvest off the money you give to for dnr to plant the fish. Nothing against guides, just showing all sides of the story.

This states needs a 10 fish limit on panfish so bad. We would have a really good pan fishery if ther dnr were to go that route. Honestly I can feed a good amount of people with 20 panfish, twice ur limit. And the limit is 25 and these guys are out there day in and day out. How many fish do they have in there freezer or how many of those fish are going to waste from being full after eating all those fish or just being freezer burn.

Just my 2cents.

minners
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12/16/13 7:23 PM CST
Is the ice thick enough for a snowmobile yet? Going to go out Saturday just not sure if I can take snowmobile or should walk out?? Thanks

canadiandreams
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12/11/13 9:27 AM CST
I couldn't agree more Jeff. The vast majority of Wisconsin sportsman (and Illinois kin) are very greedy and don't care much about the health of our resources. Everybody just wants to fill a bucket these days. If we could get the majority to switch to selectively harvesting their catch, we easily could create some world-class trophy fisheries like Canada and certain parts of Minnesota and Michigan have. We have the potential, just not the right type of sportsman or Laws right now to do it in this state....hence the reason I go to Michigan to catch trophy walleyes. The opportunities for trophy fish in our neighboring states are just that much better, Wisconsin lacks severely in our regs and we are a very selfish state when it comes to harvesting. The tribal harvest is another issue, but that is purely out of our hands until the federal government changes something, which will never happen with how our country is headed. Good luck this year to all of you, but please think about what the effect on the fishery may be when you are filling a bucket to the brim with fish that are nearing maturity or could be a trophy soon...its all up to us. DOC

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