Ice was gone on May 6.
Boom Lake / Wisconsin River (Rhinelander), Oneida County
Northern will be found in the weeds like anywhere else. Because this body of water is stained, you will not find significant weeds any deeper than about 7-8' of water. Crappies and bluegills will move shallow in the spring like they do anywhere. With the cold front this weekend, I doubt they will be in the shallows so you will have to find them deep. Walleyes are present, but not in significant numbers so hard to target on this body of water. If you work at it, they can be caught but you would have much better success on waters known for walleye, which Boom is not. If I really want to catch some walleye, I fish other waters.
Boom is best known for bluegill, crappie, large and smallmouth bass, northern, and muskie.
MOON PHASE (59%)
56° - 60° F
Below 40° F
Fished Thunder for a couple hours yesterday. Two of us caught around 40 crappies and a few gills.The biggest crappies were taking a silver and blue spoon tipped with a minnow head. Also a few on tip-downs. Still 25 or so inches of ice but I didn't measure. Its starting to get soft in the top few inches. Took home a few for dinner. They were delicious!
MOON PHASE (26%)
Fished a couple hours after work on Boom. Getting slushy but a lot of ice on the main basin. Auger still struggling to get through. Fished 22 feet of water and the the crappies were higher than a couple of weeks ago. Marked them from 8 feet to 15 feet. Minnows on tip downs did better than jigging. Action was ok to good. Can't beat the weather. Good Luck.
MOON PHASE (89%)
Trucks... just saw a report from the local towing company that specializes in the removal of trucks from icy situations. They were on a lake in the Wabeno area pulling an awfully nice Ford out of a hole in the ice... Looks like the owner was lucky in that the engine never got under the ice, so once out, it was driveable right away....
MOON PHASE (94%)
Thanks for the report. I would not advise taking any trucks out from heavily used landings. If you can get out there is still plenty of ice for trucks however. Fished from 11-4 on friday and it was slow, got enough decent crappies and gills for a meal but the bites were light. Tipdowns with rosies and crappie minnows for crappies and jigging with waxies for gills.
MOON PHASE (96%)
I fished on Saturday 3/24 and ice was very good. Still some snow on top, but driving conditions very good. Auger had to go down almost to ice before busting through. Hodag Park landing area was starting to get a little rough but still ok. Not sure what the weather has done to conditions since then but my guess is that it is still very driveable.