Willow Flowage, Oneida County

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2/2/17 @ 7:52 PM
Docker
Docker
USER since 10/10/08

For those who are new to the Willow ice fishing gig..... beware! The Willow is a river basin with many areas of current. As the water level drops the path of the current will change as well. There may be 12-15" of ice this week and two weeks later it can be 4-8" in the same place. I saw the pictures of the truck that dropped and he was on a well traveled road in a deep water area. Should be safe... Right? Last year in mid January I was fishing a mid lake channel and fell through onto a large boulder/rock bar (Upwelling of Current). Not more than 30 ft. away were tracks from a truck that just missed it. If you are not familiar with the flowage go with someone who is. Remember... Just because there is a traveled road doesn't mean it's safe. Ask the guy who's nice truck is on the bottom! Be safe!

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2/2/17 @ 7:20 AM
buckneged
buckneged
MEMBER since 1/6/11

There are a few challenges out there currently. First of course is the safety of the ice. I don't think anyone expected to see a truck in the water Saturday as all the holes I had were 16" of ice. Issue out there now is unless you are drilling as you go, I wouldn't chance it with a vehicle. These guys were not the first one out Saturday so I can only assume others took that same path out. 

Second issue is the slush froze into a mess. Rock hard ruts everywhere no matter which way you go. On snowmobile and atv, people were going just about as slow as they could as to not lose all thier gear. There are of course better spots than others but for the most part slow and steady still spilled the minnows.

Be safe, don't park 100 cars door to door at the launch on the lake and have fun.

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2/1/17 @ 10:04 PM
lakesnake
lakesnake
USER since 3/2/05

I heard the truck went through in North bay, also heard they were still driving trucks out to Indian bay yet. Does anyone know exactly what's going on out there? Want to head up Friday and pull a shack out if possible. 

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1/28/17 @ 10:13 AM
blacklab620
blacklab620
USER since 12/15/05

Well a truck fell through this morning on road out from dam landing. Use condition.

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1/28/17 @ 8:58 AM
1ylekiot
1ylekiot
USER since 5/7/10

are conditions good enough to pull ice castle out

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1/26/17 @ 6:44 AM
knute
knute
USER since 2/21/09

Lots of water on top. With snow and colder temps it should be a challenge for all modes of travel. Fished hard yesterday. Marked fish at times. Through the kitchen sink at them. Very tough bite. Good luck out  there.

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1/25/17 @ 8:39 PM
blacklab620
blacklab620
USER since 12/15/05
How is the ice conditions? Planning a trip up for the weekend. Thank you

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1/23/17 @ 11:40 AM
FISHING REPORT
40lbCrappie
40lbCrappie
USER since 1/18/17

MOON PHASE (17%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Raining

ICE DEPTH
12 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

Fishing was slow Saturday, fish would come through in schools. Tough jigging but the tip downs seemed to get the job done if you don't mind standing around waiting for 45 minutes between hits.

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1/20/17 @ 7:18 PM
buckneged
buckneged
MEMBER since 1/6/11

Things looked ok tonight. A little watery slush on top of the road but overall in good condition. Let's try and slow a bit near shore as to not hose it all up this weekend at the landing.

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1/18/17 @ 12:05 PM
40lbCrappie
40lbCrappie
USER since 1/18/17

Does anyone know after this warmer weather if there is water/slush on top of the ice? Also is it still safe to travel back to Indian Bay with fourwheelers, looking to travel up on Saturday and trying to avoid any surprises after a 2 hour drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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