I am looking for some advice on ice fishing. I am bringing my son up to fish Monday thru Wednesday this week. I don't need secret large fish fishing spots, I am more interested in him catching quantity. I have equipment for all species. Any help would be appreciated.
Edward thanks for the report. I've been busy with an interesting construction project, holding off on the ice fishing. My son has been out he concurs with your current assessment of the TFF. Your report could save someones life, important for people to be aware that the ice may not be of uniform thickness.
He has had excellent fishing on other area lakes but hasn't fished this week yet since the new snow. New snow on thin ice isn't a great scenario, still safe places to fish but it can quickly get slushy.
Tread lightly out there.
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Checked fishermans again today. Two spud hits and youre through. Bad news with all the snow. Then went to sturgeon, thought i would work my way southwest to get to some walleye water. Deep snow, some slush, tough dragging gear. Things were going good, got one line in the water. Went 60 feet, drilled a hole to find that i was on 1" of ice under 10" of snow. This was a shallow area away from the river channel. Packed up my stuff, went back to the cabin, drank a big mug of bourbon while watching boards on a natural lake with 7" of solid ice. I think its going to be a rough year on the tff, there is a lot of snow on some really inconsistent ice, I have been around the block with wierd, thin ice, but this is just scary.
I took a look at some ice today on the popkos loop. Fishermans was empty, I tried to walk on the ice and went through a couple times before I could get any deeper than my knee boots. Water looks to be at full pool, so I was unable to cruise the shore to get to where I would actually want to fish this time of year anyways. Sturgeon bay had a bunch of trucks, lots of guys fishing there, I didnt get out to check the ice but I might check it out after the weekenders go home. Also saw some guys fishing north of sturgeon, they must be accessing from a private point.
I am up until Thusday so i will probably wait a few days to hit the TFF, I found ice as thick as 8" on some natural lakes in the area, most places had 5-6". I even drove my atv on one lAke this evening.