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Dstaverjr
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12/20/14 8:50 AM CST
Anyone know how the ice is right now??

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12/9/14 7:40 PM CST
Ice Depth: 6" Conditions: Cloudy
*ice report only straight West off mcConnell...

Fished off McConnell Street (West side) this afternoon from 130-515, had 2 tip ups out the whole time in 10-21 fow with medium shiners and small suckers for anything biting. Also jigged around with a small spoon tipped with minnow, couple lookers but nothing. 2 flag run byes.

Ice was 5-6+ inches all the way out to 22 feet, solid and clear and I drilled every 60 or so feet and it was uniform.

1st time fishing this lake, does it have a decent tip up bite or is it more finesse? I pulled lines at about 530, anyone had any good night bites over the years here? Hope the ice survives this supposed warm up coming...

[This post was last edited on 12/10/14 at 9:10 AM]
MadChainCerp
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12/3/14 8:17 PM CST
Ice Depth: 4"
I was out off bible camp yesterday, first one out deep, 31-33ft. Drilled probably 40 holes, 0 fish marked.

tipupmike
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12/3/14 10:40 AM CST
There was one portable out from babcock last night, brave soul,lol.

tipupmike
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12/2/14 1:23 PM CST
Didnt see anyone on Waubesa yet as of this morning, upper mud was a little busy this morning, gotta be close,day time temps suck though,lol.

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12/1/14 5:00 PM CST
Anybody no the ice conditions? Looking to head out Sat afternoon. Thanks

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11/22/14 7:09 PM CST
Locked up on the east side by Babcock 2 days ago and gate to ramps closed. Now ice covered with today's rain and more to come. No idea if Monday's winds will open it up again but looking at coming temps if it did, wouldn't last long.

9 eagles sitting on the ice 2 days ago looking for mud hens that sometimes get trapped in small remaining pockets of open water. Amazing how they know when to show. A couple of years ago when multiple pockets of open water counted 26 eagles. I assume they must communicate some how and closest place that has that many would be near the Sauk Dam.

Grey Beard

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Don Varese
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11/22/14 1:38 PM CST
Is the lake iced up? Might forgo the deer hunting and get another musky outing in.

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11/11/14 8:37 AM CST
yuk yuk - a depth finder is well worth the investment. I got a basic Garmin for about $100 that I mounted between my legs in the front of the kayak. I used some channel cord covers with adhesive strips on the bottom to run the power and transducer cord along the side of the kayak to the transducer in the back (about $5).

I have my transducer mounted on a door strap hinge ($5) so I can raise it when launching or in shallow water. Throw in a few screws and sealant and you're looking at under $120 for the whole set up.

Edit: I forgot to mention the battery which cost something like $35 at Dorn. I usually just bring a zip lock bag to put it in to help keep out some of the water.

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TuckerGrover
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11/10/14 10:40 PM CST
Yuk,

I've dumped a fair bit of change into my kayak dog since spring. Can't believe how quickly it adds up. Right now it's a Hobie Pro Angler 12 with the mirage drive. I can fish hands free setup for three trolling rods. I have the Lowrance HDI 4 with the color screen and all that fun stuff. I can see the layout of the lake, chart my path, and then see structure and sonar scans. I've also invested some line counter reels to go with a few spinning rods. I even have a dry suit to be sure I'm safe when temps are low before it ices up. Be happy to meet up and do some kayak fishing with you in the spring when it's nice again. I know I'll probably try to get over to Milwaukee once more this fall to land some of those big Browns in the harbor. Take care.

YukYuk
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11/9/14 10:14 PM CST
TruckerGrover

I've found fishing in a kayak is tough when trying to fish in deeper water. I don't have a depth locator mounted so it's a guessing game and really hard to stay on fish. I do use my cellphone via the navionics app to get to approx. depths which can be a help. But if it's at all breezy all hope is lost unless its blowing parallel to a depth your targeting. My best luck in the madison chain has always been on weed edges, which seem to produce best in in spring and summer. I spend a lot of my time in the fall on the rivers and lake wisconsin, jigging. I just put away my boat for the year, so kayak it is for me the rest of the way... though the weather forecasts suggests that won't last much longer. I wish you luck if you get out again.

TuckerGrover
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11/9/14 8:54 PM CST
Conditions: Night Time Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
Took the kayak out on Waubesa for my first time ever launching from Babcock. Trolled cranks out to the drop off close to the launch and then switched to dragging a couple of minnows and jigging a rapala. Went 1-2 on the rapala with crappie. Still learning the ways around here and figuring out how to get into fish. Pulled lines around 6pm after about 90 minutes on the water. Hoping to get the kayak out quite a bit before ice season.

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11/4/14 11:19 AM CST
Sadly that map won't help right now because it uses the nav bouys as reference, and they've been taken out already. They're always in a slightly different spot each year. But there is a lot of discussion about the Babcock launch hazards in late April early May. Just stay in the center of the channel until perhaps 50 yards or so from the shoreline before turning off to the left or right. Should be fine. Like rkdiver said, the channel is plenty deep, and navigable even in low water conditions. But once outside the channel, the area off to the left is shallow and strewn with boulders (avoid that area). The area off to the right isn't as Rocky but is still dangerous and shallow.

I'd advise against going out the channel further to the north near the spillway, that area in between the channels and the park/campground is VERY shallow, and right now the water is low. I'd never take a power boat through there. I get nervous even taking a jetski through there.

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11/4/14 10:46 AM CST
The rocks are just past where the lake enters the channel (as you're heading out into the lake). Seems someone (Herbsuperb maybe) had made a map of the danger area, possibly this last spring. You may be able to search for that to get a better idea. The actual channel is plenty deep, just stay in the center. If you get too close to either side you'll have problems. When the water is really low I use the trolling motor (raised up as high as possible). Don't try and head north of the piers towards the actual dam, there's some really shallow spots there.

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11/4/14 10:29 AM CST
So are the rocks in the channel or as you enter the main lake? So like if I launched and backed out would I be fine instead of turning around in the channel? Never launched from their, just used to shore fish from there many years ago.

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