Went to Tenney this morning and was surprised to see quite a bit of sheet ice out past the breakwater. Sure it would have been thin enough to break through, but I've damaged transducers/brackets doing this in the past, so I hit Monona instead...
Hit Mendota today. Had to navigate a bit through the remaining sheets and chunks of ice off Tenney, when I left it was being blown across the lake. Keep an eye out though, couple large floating logs, a sheet of plywood and other debris that you'll want to avoid! Water temp was 36°F throughout. Clarity not great, lots of algae in some areas. A few other boats out fishing around the lake. Saw one Walleye, one Perch and one Sheephead with the camera, didn't mark too much with the side scan today. But nice day to be out regardless!
Checked Mendota this morning. Still some ice along the Tenney to Warner shore. The piers are in at Tenney and there's enough open water to put the boat in but there's a sheet of ice blocking access to the main lake. Warner boat launch is closed until late May. They're working on the breakwater and putting in new piers and doing some more dredging. Don't know why they didn't go further out into the lake the last time they did it a couple years ago, maybe they will now.
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Certainly was a strange ice season. Got robbed of our last 2 weekends of fishing, and now the lakes are freezing up again.
Our 2017 ice season results: We got out on 5 of the 8 available weekends, managing 16 angler trips, with the angler getting skunked on 5 of those. Not good. Caught 18 pike in 137 angler-hours, so we averaged 7.6 hours per pike, Only 1 bonus walleye, 15”. Biggest 5 were 34, 33.5, 33, 32.25, 32; average size was 28.9”.
No explanation for the poor action other than apparently a lack of panfish in the area as well.
Weeds did make a pretty good comeback, with fairly normal weed growth present. This was the first ice season since 1999 that the lake level was held at or above the summer minimum; not sure why the change in philosophy occurred. The high water has continued into the spring, with the lake still around the summer maximum. I think you can expect a good push of panfish into the usual shallow spring haunts pretty quick now….
First season with the new Ion auger, thumbs up on that decision. On the other hand, we are being forced to fish with 5” shiners that cost $18/dozen and are being sold as “Jumbos”, LOL. Something has to change – this is a joke. The quality of the bait available around here has gone downhill drastically since the VHS rules were implemented. (Remember VHS, the scourge of our lakes?)
Guessing about 2/3 of the lake is open. Ice built up from Gov. Island past Tenney (as far as I went). Saw one Eagle at Warner, and a blue and white boat at the edge of the ice off Tenney. Couldn't tell very well, but it looked like a fiberglass paddle boat.
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I was on Ubay saturday and fell through by shore coming off. I HIGHLY doubt you will even get on or off today w o getting wet. there was only 12 inch on the bay...not sure where 18 came from. it's done, i'm not there today because I didn't want to waste a 2 hour drive to not get on.