Thanks for the clarification. I’ll be on foot, not worth the walk. Just finishing up 4 days on Winnebago and wanted to make one more stop on my way home to chicago.
MOON PHASE (69%)
Fished most of the day Sunday. Caught a ton of gills but only 7 were big enough to keep. Even tried throwing big spoons down to weed through the little ones but that didn't help. Tried moving around and same thing. Was fishing north west side. One 27" pike that was released.
Poor yesterday on the east side by the island. Many gills but none over 7” - 7 1/4”. A few dink perch also. Plenty of ice. I heard Wind Lake was better but not positive. Last year at this time Tichigan was showing signs of opening up. CARPIO
Wasn’t meant to be confrontational in any way. Damage wasn’t intentional, just sloppy conditions in the warm weather resulted in sod being moved as people went over it. Also, didn’t appear that anyone purposely dumped garbage. It’s an uphill trek through the yard so it was more bait containers and empty cans etc that probably slid off the back of a sled on the way out.
He wasnt mad and understands the access issue, he just wants to make sure the sod is established before it gets moved around again. Although one guy did get a little nasty with him when he asked him not to go through there which I think really takes some gall. Other than that, no harm no foul.
MOON PHASE (89%)
Booch2 - Sorry to hear that there was damage to the property and even sorrier to hear that there was garbage left. There's no place for that, it gives the sport a bad name. On a positive note, you were very graceful in making your point!
Plmlk - Thanks for the update and for staying on top of the issue for us!
B-rian - Nice catch!
Late report, but we were out on Waterford Lake last Saturday and it was a dead sea. I have since heard reports that the fish are back. We netted about thirty gizzard shad and I suspect that they sucked the oxygen out of the lake, causing the game fish to move out. With the warmer temps, rain and the shad dying off, the fish seem to have returned for the moment.
We moved out to Lake Geneva for the afternoon that day and did pretty well on the panfish.
This cold spell coming should firm everything up for a solid finish!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here but my brother in law asked me to post this for him.
He owns the small ugly house just north of the giant yellow house on the northeast corner of the lake. A lot of people have been walking along the wood line of his yard to get on to the lake to ice fish. He just put in new sod in November and it’s not rooted in yet and all of the foot traffic and sleds being dragged have displaced some of the sod and it’s ruining it in spots. He also spent an hour picking up garbage that accumulated along the wood line today.
He asked that I make this post and ask everyone to spread the word that he really doesn’t want people going through his yard this year to get on the lake. Normally he wouldn’t mind so much but the damage it’s causing is a problem. I figured you guys could spread the word. He also said next year it won’t be a problem but please make sure not to drop garbage along the way out. Anyway, good luck out there and be safe.
MOON PHASE (89%)
Made it out with Itharley today. We set up tip-ups for Perch, had around 12 -15 flags, but only caught 6 Perch. We also had 3 lines out with medium shiners, didn't get a single flag on any of them.
Now onto the important stuff! There will not be a 2018 / 2019 overwinter drawdown.
WWMD stated that they will wait until Onterra has completed their full report, and may or may not revisit the issue for a 2019 / 2020 overwinter drawdown.
If I'm a betting man, I'd lay $100 on WWMD revisiting the drawdown for 2019 / 2020.
For any one who has met Mike Waghorn (WWMD Aquatic Plant Director) - he is extremely pro drawdown. Mike was not at Saturday's meeting, and interestingly, Saturday was the first WWMD meeting I've attended where the virtues of a drawdown were not discussed - it makes me wonder how the other commissioners view a drawdown...
I understand that WWMD's consultant (Onterra) has completed an intermediate report, and that WWMD will post the report on their website, after the DNR has had an opportunity to review it. I have not had the opportunity to review the report, so I have no idea what it does (or doesn't) say.
Thanks to all that took the time to get involved - you made a measurable difference!