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stepnahalf
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1/29/15 10:50 AM CST
Ice Depth: 12" Conditions: Partly Sunny
OUT NORTH END FROM 1-4 KEPT 20 GILLS 1 PERCH YESTERDAY src=/images/emoticons/emoticon-0103-cool.gif height=19 width=19 hspace=2 alt='Cool'>

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1/25/15 4:27 PM CST
Ice Depth: 10" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
Did ok today on the Tich with gramps... Caught a night 9.5 incher on a tip up (perch) then a whole mess of gills but had to do a lot of sorting! Ended up keeping around 20 gills! and 2 big perch

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1/20/15 9:58 PM CST
To PlMlK,,, don't want to turn this in to,,, FACEBOOK ,, LOL....had to let you know how the crew did in the north woods ,,,,,,OTTER LAKE..........5 Northern,,a few Perch,,,but limmited out on GIlls... Between 7 and 8 inches.....Northern 18 inches and 31 1/2 .... But one thing had to throw a lot of small ones away... Good to be with family... This weekend ,,,TICHIGAN!!! Pumped ,,I'll find Northerns north end!!! Smile

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1/17/15 12:36 PM CST
Ice Depth: 11"
Ice is just shy of 12"

Fishing was slow today. 0 flags. We didn't see anyone else running down flags either.

Fishing with the jig rod was slow too.

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1/16/15 1:03 PM CST
"Strangers" were asking if I knew about a spot mentioned...I've already forgotten about where it was...

Anyway,first post got eaten by the LL quirks....

When I say ice is "safe" I mean acceptably "safe" FOR ME,or IN MY OPINION until until something changes. River ice changes whenever weather patterns change.

I am not as familiar with Tichigan as with other local lakes. If I'm heading there I take note of river ice in Waukesha and Big Bend and just south of Big Bend and.. . If it has changed significantly for the worse I go somewhere else with more stable ice.

I see river ice in Waukesha has changed since yesterday. It had been stable for several days. Temp today when I noticed was 28* - it doesn't necessarily mean the river needs temps above freezing to deteriorate.

I have learned a lot about "sketchy" ice by falling thru often when I was younger. I've even dropped a sled thru a time or two....I also occasionally icefish other rivers... I generally have a pretty good feel for where "the line" is and now that I'm older I don't care to push it very often or very far....

But I'm amazed every year by people who step - or drive - WAY over that line and have no idea of the risks they take.

That all said,there were quad tracks on the river on Sunday. Someone had unloaded a quad at the WDNR launch but those tracks disappeared under sled tracks on the river. Today's different. Tomorrow's warming,snow's thawing and the river's rising even if only a little.

Don't park on wet spots Big Smile

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1/16/15 10:22 AM CST
I think cds was referring to HunterandFisher4Life's post a little while back. That or maybe it is some professional ice fishermen code

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1/16/15 6:41 AM CST
What the heck does H&F4L mean cds? You talking in code? lol

Are you saying that the ice was decent from the launch to the lake? That really surprises me, but I certainly believe you. Most of that area is 3 feet deep, and much of it even shallower at about 2 feet deep. Current moves quicker here because it is so shallow, and you end up with soft spots that barely freeze over and then get covered in snow. They are traps just waiting for an unsuspecting someone to drive over them slow. The good news is that the area is shallow enough that you'll live if you break through, but the bad news is that you will sink your wheeler in 2 feet of water, followed by 2 feet of muck. Talk about a bad day!

Also, which dam did you go to? I drove by the marina yesterday and noticed a lone set of snowmobile tracks that turned around about 100 feet east of the dam in front of the Marina's piers...

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1/15/15 9:12 PM CST
I'll revisit the ice safety from the WDNR launch for machines...

I put in there today and the worst ice I found was right at the drop off on the west side of the main lake basin. Sleds had clearly been skipping a small patch of open water there some time within the past couple/three days.

There was a nearby atv.

Unfortunately I don't have a fishing report. I do not have nearly the time icefishing Tichigan as some and I had planned on jigging that weededge for walleyes at sundown.

All I had were two rods and a box of jigging raps.

I forgot my flasher.

Since that's not the kind of fishing I like to do blind - especially in a spot where I'm not sure what to expect - I decided to run down to the dam and back instead...then get out near the launch and walk the marsh.

That spot I mentioned was the worst ice by far although there were near-shore spots I wouldn't walk on never mind park a machine near. Tiny bit of open water right next to shore in one spot,some wet spots in shallow in others. No worrisome spots besides the one...Kind'a roughly east of hilltop

I was also curious whether a recently mentioned spot was the same one I figured it to be...it was. H&F4L - might wanna keep that a little closer to the vest. Someone asked me about it because of yer report. I already forgot where it is Big Smile but...

Nice day for a short ride.

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1/15/15 5:26 PM CST
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There is a post on 1.9.2015. Scroll back a few pages and you will find what you need to know.

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EsoxLucius91296
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1/13/15 9:44 PM CST
Where else can you access the lake besides the ramp near bridge road. thanks

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1/13/15 6:58 PM CST
...But Plum knows Tichigan better. If I were riding a quad and pulling stuff I'd take that spot that cuts up and over the road instead of the channel between the "island" and west shore. Sometimes that's wet and nervous-making but in a sled or the ATC I sometimes use....But... I've also had someone - on another lake - following my ATC made when he put his quad thru the ice.

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1/13/15 6:39 PM CST
Nice seeing Walleye's ORC - those little guys just keep getting bigger. Also neat to see a few Kitties through the ice. Do you eat them? I bet they are pretty good with the cold water. Still waiting to see someone catch a Drum. I've yet to see a Drum come through the ice.

As far as the river, cds is an old pro on the Fox, and knows the river better than most.

For me, I wouldn't trust an ATV on the river from the DNR launch to the lake - there are a few soft spots. You would likely make it, but it really is pushing your luck a bit - especially if you are not familiar with the river. I'm guessing you'd be pulling your shanty / sled? If so, you'd be going to slow - just too much risk from my perspective. With a snowmobile, no worries, give her heck.

Good luck on your fishing trip Chad...

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1/13/15 1:30 PM CST
Right now that river is a highway for sleds (and quads and bikes). On Sunday night I "put in" in Big Bend and ran up to Vernon marsh. Then I ran down to Tichigan past the River Rd launch. Then back to Big Bend.

The river gets a lot of traffic all winter. Watch conditions closely especially on weekdays when there isn't likely someone who's passed thru minutes before to find the new bad spot.

Little changes when the weather's cold and stable. Pay extra care when the weather varies. Snow,warm-ups,whatever.

IMO - there's too much traffic on the river to fish in the river channel.

Don't stop on wet spots. lol....but with care you're good to go.

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1/13/15 12:11 PM CST
Once the ice is thick enough it is safe to ride ATV on the lake, but I would be weary of the river all season. The river currents change and so do the ice conditions on it. I remember years where the river is frozen in spots then a week later that spot is wide open or you can see small spots of open water along the way. The Snow machines do fine because of the speed their traveling, hwoever and ATV is pushing the issue!

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1/13/15 9:39 AM CST
Hello I was wondering if the entire lake is frozen including the south end of Tichigan Lake? Would i be able to put an ATV on the river near bridge road and take it from there to the lake safely. thank you!

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