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paneyefshr
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4/14/14 9:46 AM CST
Fished open water from shore in a couple areas yesterday, managed two crappie and a few small northern that went back immediately. Not much to show for the effort, but any open water fishing was a welcome change.

Watched an otter working an ice hole, bugger out fished me. He pulled two sunfish a crappie and a walleye out in about 5 minutes.

From the looks of my bay, I'd say the lake will be entirely open in a little more than a week, but some areas could be longer. Last year the lake was all but entirely open this same weekend, so I guess we're about 10 days behind.

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4/14/14 8:09 AM CST
My parents told me last night that they had ice about 75 feet from shore but then open water in the channel where Jump and Main Creek meet as other's have reported. Won't be long now.

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4/12/14 3:19 PM CST
thurs. night there was ice between main creek and where the jump meet this morning it was open well past the 27 bridge, on the other end thurs. night it was open where the bridge on hwy D crosses and this morning open past the lions park. also was open from dam to about paradise shores. there was still ice along the shorelines but the main channels were open. it won't belong and boats can go in, happy open water fishing!

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4/12/14 8:28 AM CST
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The edges are melted and the river channel is open and flowing. There may be safe ice somewhere on the lake, but I won't be going out any more. Crappies in the shallows is getting close, I'll wait for that.

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4/10/14 3:13 PM CST
Anyone considering going out on the lake needs to be very cautious. 24" of ice in areas where there is no current could mean open water or just a few inches of unsafe ice on much of the lake. I'll be there this weekend. I didn't intend to fish much but will report on conditions.

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4/10/14 10:17 AM CST
Ice Depth: 24"
My dad was out yesterday and measured 24" of ice. A guy should be able to still get out this weekend. Bring swampers though as there some water on the ice when you break through the little bit of snow. Not many people out, but they are picking some up.

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4/8/14 12:19 PM CST
tgruenke,

I will be here for the opener. Will be in a Green/White 17.5' Crestliner Fishhawk with a white 90 hp Johnson. Stop and say hi if you run into me. Good luck! Shouldn't be long now...

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4/7/14 11:02 AM CST
I was on the lake last weekend and the ice was getting spongy already, and there was way too much water on the ice for fishing.

I'm back up this weekend and will post then, but expect most of the lake to be unsafe or open in places

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4/7/14 10:56 AM CST
Wondering if anyone has an up to date ice depth report to share.

thanks,

MJ

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4/7/14 9:22 AM CST
Who will be there for opener? Unless something unforeseen happens we should be there. Good luck to everyone this season.

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3/26/14 3:07 PM CST
I don't know your expereinces but it seems during the summer we can only catch smaller fish. I e-mailed Heath the local DNR office about the lake. He sent this back.

On these larger riverine flowages that have a larger river system coming into them many of the adult fish run up the river systems in the spring to spawn and a good portion of those fish stay in the river until fall and then return back to the flowage to overwinter.

There are still some adult fish in the lake but a lot of times a good number of those fish are still in the river systems during the summer angling season. We see a similar situation on the flowages such as Tainter Lake on the Red Cedar system and Lake Altoona and Lake Eau Claire on the Chippewa River.

The flowages are many times good nursery areas for juvenile fish 12 inchers or so and that’s why you catch a lot in the summer but probably do not get many larger fish at that time of the year.

I’d try fishing the upper end of the flowage below HWY D for the first couple of miles right away in the spring and summer or even take a canoe trip on the Chippewa or Flambeau and take out at D in the summer. There is great smallmouth fishing on these stretches too. Those fish should also start to filter down to the lake in the fall and if you’re up their at that time look to find them coming back down to the flowage. We also found some larger fish in Pine and Cranberry Lakes during our surveys but they were likely feeding and in post spawn mode. You could try those areas too. Those areas are also some of the better crappie spots and if you can’t find walleye you should hopefully find some crappie.

Take Care

Heath

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2/17/14 12:58 PM CST
I was out just a few days ago and the snow is quite deep, but the main roads on the lake were plowed and passible with a truck or SUV. Drifting could be a concern on windy days. Many of the less used travel routes onto the lake have been abandoned and are now impassible.

There is good access off of 27 north of the bridge. People are getting out at Lions, and from near Teds. People were also driving on Cranberry last I knew.

The fishing has been slow, at least for me and most of the guys I've talked to. Might be some guys fishing other parts of the lake doing OK, but not where I am. With the wind and bitter cold I haven't done much fishing outside of my shack. I'll be out this weekend and will post a report.

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2/17/14 8:05 AM CST
Heading up this weekend. My dad told me that there is so much snow that travel is very difficult on the lake. Most people are avoiding the lake due to this. I am going to bring my gear, but may not fish. I'll post if I do.

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2/12/14 9:31 AM CST
I'm sure glad you post reports from time to time. Do you live on the lake? I have a place near Birch Creek campground. Thanks again for your posts. Smile

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2/10/14 9:39 AM CST
Ice Depth: 26" Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 0° - 5° F
Fished most of the day Saturday and Sunday morning. Two words describe the days, SLOW and minnows.

The fish were in a negative mood. We did manage a few both days, but all fish came on the same bait and we tried many. A gold jigging spoon with a minnow. Many fish in the area and passing through, but only one in 15 or 20 would bite.

Talked to some other guys and their experience was similar. The snow is deep on the lake, but travel on the main roads is still pretty good.

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