first day out for panfish this year, first day on white lake as well. took some time to find some gills. got out about 6:30-7 am and started jumping reed beds with a bobber, panfish (ice fishing jig) and a redworm. after an hour or 2 of nothing, i decided to try finding some deeper weeds, again having no luck. i went back to reed hopping and eventually found some BIG and aggressive gills. got my 10 just in time to be able to damn near smell my skin cooking. water temp was 68.4 when i got out there, surface temp in the reeds was 74 when i left.
the water being so clear still makes fishing the reeds much more difficult. the gills were quite skiddish when it came to movement or noise, so casting a bobber and jig into the open pockets was the only option and quite frustrating at times (instead of just dipping over the side of the boat as you go along)
also, in response to someones comment about the new dnr regulations for white lake:
I understood it as pumpkinseed and sunfish are under the same categorization as bluegills, so you cant keep 10 gills and 10 sunfish (or pumpkinseed). either way, the gills i caught today were true bullheaded bluegills
Also, no more whining about driving an hour to come to white lake and 10 not being enough. on that hour drive through central wisconsin you probably passed 100 primetime panfish, northern and bass spots.
i agree with the 10 man limit for panfish species, but i also think the northern limit should be increased. as i was cruising around i saw lots of 10-15 inch northern that were completely unafraid of the motor or boat. they really affect the success of the spawns each year, no doubt.