Well what's that ice looking like??? anyone....boats out next weekend? ??
61° - 65° F
Well, first off it's nice fishing in a t shirt...had 4 flags today 3 northern 22, 20 24 inches.....straight out from Sportmans. It just sucks when your fishing and you know this is it for the year!!! Unless some crazy weather change see ya all next year.
Went out from both launches to evaluate around 3pm today. DNR launch still able to get on with dry feet off to the right of the boat ramp. Walked out a few hundred yards and cut a few holes. About 2" of mush and about 4" of ice. Not thinking that area is going to be looking too good come tomorrow late afternoon. Up by Sportsman's thing were still looking pretty good both in terms of shoreline and ice conditions. No less that 6-7" of real ice anywhere with a 1/2-1" of soft on top. Yes, someone did put an ATV through today, but another case of taking it where it should not have been taken. (Far Northeast side) Sportsman's is not allowing ATV's to access there anymore so that should prevent any non-lake front owner from making a similar error. As long as everyone stays away from the obvious open water areas to the north foot travel should be fine all the way across the lake anywhere N of Grass Island. Tomorrow afternoon might start getting a little wet by the launch depending upon wind conditions and traffic. I took a 2x12 over there for people to use if needed tomorrow coming off.Or Wear your Burly's or other knee high rubber boots otherwise.
I even went fishing later this afternoon and while this weather sucks in general, man it sure is pleasant sitting out there in jeans and a sweatshirt. (No I was not fishing on Wind Lake)
Tomorrow is gonna be fine at both launches and friday should be too. I will go cut some holes and do some investigating on friday and see what things look like for sat. Will let you know so you are are informed of the truth. I think Sat. should be good. Maybe wear knee high boots for getting off later in the day if need be. St Claire's Jamboree is Sat and I think one at AJ's too. Sun may be a different story. And next week may well be end of it as much as I hate to say it. Bring your 2x6x10 and your picks and your life jacket.
Just got back from the DNR launch and Sportsman's doing some investigating. The heave to the left to the left of the launch is relatively small and easily avoided. If you drove an ATV through there you were probably not thinking. Walked about 300yds straight east and cut a few holes. All had about 3/4-1" of soft ice and between 6 and 7" of clear ice. Farther holes were slightly thicker than closer holes. Seemed plenty safe for the time being. Over by Sportsmans conditions were a little better with average ice depths being between 8 1/2 and 9" after subtracting the top soft inch. I was about 400yds straight towards grass island from the boat ramp. Also walked by some previously cut holes that did not seem to have grown in diameter and there were very few areas of standing water on the ice anywhere.
Bottom line is, when it comes to ice fishing, there is a big difference between conditions being unsafe and people making bad choices.
Anyone thinking of going out, forget it! I saw an ATV go through Saturday afternoon just to the left of the public launch, there was an ice heave there with open water when I went out Saturday early afternoon. Why anyone would risk going through open water on an ATV is beyond me, waste daddy's gas someplace safer and save him the grief of possibly having to go to your funeral!!
MOON PHASE (92%)
I was out with three buddies on Saturday and we ended up catch some big bluegill (8 to 9.5 inches) and a few decent perch (7 to 9) while fishing on east side of sportsman a decent ways away from the crowd on saturday but then once we started catching a few perch a older gentlemen with 2 (i presume grandkids) came within 3 yards of my shack and put a flag there. Other than that it was a fun day.