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Nivek
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3/6/15 12:45 PM CST
Thanks for the info regarding getting onto Big Muskego!

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3/6/15 2:52 AM CST
Walking on can be done at boxhorns, hunters nest, or Durham road public access launch. If you want to get on Bass bay private access only unless Aud Mar is having fisheree. I drove full size truck on over week ago with 18" of ice no prob. Hasnt warmed up since then. Thinking bout going out tomorrow for perch but heard O2 levels might be low from reports of water stinking. Either way I'm driving out, it's over mile and half out to a good perch spot I know. Tip ups work great with #10 or #12 trebles with fat heads or small shiners. Be ready for diving stabs for flags! Fun and some jumbos.

Nivek
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3/5/15 9:18 AM CST
Hi,

Regarding ice fishing, does anyone know where the best place is to walk onto Big Muskego Lake to fish?

Thanks for any info!

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3/4/15 2:14 PM CST
Addicted2Fishing: I'm not a scientist either but I believe that winter kills have more to do with the depth of a lake than its surface area. Oxygen depletion occurs when snow covers the ice, sunlight can't get through, all the weeds die and the decomposing weeds use up available oxygen. The shallower the lake, the more its total volume of water is locked up in ice and the less oxygen remains in the lake as a whole.

Because Big M is an extremely shallow lake (virtually the entire lake is less than 4 feet deep), it experiences some level of winter kill every year.

Northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish are all sought after by various fishermen on this lake. I concentrate on northerns and I know other who concentrate on one, two or all three.

There really is no good shore fishing as the only available spots are by the boat launches and the related canals leading into the lake. Wading is not an option as the lake has a muck bottom.

Good luck to you!

Addicted2Fishing414
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3/4/15 8:32 AM CST
Interesting conversation you guys are having about "fish kill", I've never actually heard of such thing until now. If I'm reading correctly; fish die on this lake because of the lack of oxygen? Im not a scientist so bare with me, you would think a lake of this size (seen on Google maps) would have enough oxygen in it for fish to survive during ice up in the winter? I've never been out to big Muskego, I was going to ask if the shore fishing here was good? What kind of species can you find on this body of water? White bass? Perch? Bluegill? Crappie? Walleye? It seems like pike are the main attraction on this lake. Thanks for your answers & be safe out on the ice during the mid 40's temperature coming right around the corner.

LuvHardWtr
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3/3/15 6:33 PM CST
Igor : we all know that's BS. Unless they are talking about 100% kill off. Because every winter come March when u drill a hole you can smell rotting

Hardwater

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3/3/15 12:07 PM CST
Hardwater: According the the DNR Biologist, "...there has not been a winterkill on this lake since the winter of 2000-2001..."

Raising the water level at least a foot would be a great first step.

The bass and pannie size limits keep as is.

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3/3/15 8:57 AM CST
I'm all for compromising! I still like the bass and panfish limit though.

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3/3/15 8:52 AM CST
I'm all for slot limit. You guys can pickle a few and whatever makes it past 28 or so can try to make it to 40. This lake was drawn down for duck breeding. All I ever see is everything but ducks all year. Red eIng blackbIrds anf herons. And limited amounts of ducks during the season. Same with Vernon. They should raise the water level another 6 inches and let it be.

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3/3/15 8:36 AM CST
One of the best pike fisheries in the state (the Mississippi river) has no pike size limit and 5 fish a day not to meantion no closed season. The locals keep the small pike and let the big ones go. It's not uncommon to catch 35-40s out there with a chance at mid 40s fish. I know the forage is different in a river but it's still the same principle. You have to remove the small fish to get large fish to happen.

Winter kill on big Muskego main lake kills the biggest fish first. They are the most susceptable to the lack of O2 siince they need the most to survive. The small snakes normally survive. When the ice goes out in April this year just go launch your boat and drive around. Count the Giants that are floating. I've seen it first hand almost every simgle winter since I've been fishing here.

If the DNR wants to do trial size limits on this lake. Why not remove all pike size limits and allow 2 fish possession limit? I'll put money on it that it would bring this fishery back to its old glory. It can't be any worse than it is right now. Then some of us could actually get some decent sized pike to pickle without having to drive up north.

Hardwater

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3/3/15 5:57 AM CST
LuvHrdWateR: Amen Brother!

Patrick: I caught a 41" on Bass Bay in '81. So what's your point?

What happens when you DON'T take any fish out over time? To quote a recent poster: SNAKES, SNAKES, SNAKES.

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3/2/15 9:26 PM CST
I've been fishing this lake since the late 90s and I can tell you that this fishery has suffered greatly from the 40 inch size limit. I used to catch 30+ inch pike every single time I went out through the ice (main lake or basses bay). Now since the size limit the lake has been taken over by smaller more aggressive fish. And the big ones are more susceptible to winter kill because of the increased population of small fish. It you want big pike go to a different state where they have slot size limits. Big muskego is nothing more than a DNR playground for duck hunting. They honestly could care less about the fishery or they wouldn't have dropped the lake level 2 summers ago to "let the cattails set" which in turn kills thousands upon thousands of fish due to the summer heat.

Before claiming this fishery is amazing and telling ppl they need to put their time in. Maybe you need to realize most of the guys complaining on this thread have put in the time. And over the many years they have put in have watched this once great fishery get screwed over multiple times.

As for a fishing report. Was out saturday and like Igor previously stated the main lake is all but dead. The water smelled of decay and my minnows died within 10 minutes of being in the water. The main lake has at least a 50% kill rate almost every winter.

Hardwater

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Patrick Whie
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3/2/15 7:15 PM CST
I fish the bay since 1970 I eyes pike and my buddy got 44 inch pike 7 years a go if you don't think smoke look back in the journal sentinel their is a picture of it . Cool

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3/2/15 6:03 PM CST
MKE: May I ask how long you have been fishing this lake? My money is since some time around '99 or 2000? I've been fishing Bass Bay and Big Muskego since '79 so I believe I have put my time in on this body of water.

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3/2/15 5:27 PM CST
I don't know about ya'll, but I am more then excited for open water out here! You guys that whine and whine and whine about the size limits out here, go fish somewhere else! Simple as that! Put in a little time out here and you might see for yourself, there is healthy quality big fish in this lake. Sure a few die here and there due to winter kill, who cares!

Go keep every 26 inch pike you catch on Wind lake, see how that ends up for ya... snakes.....snakes.... and more snakes.

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