Was out by Carlsons and up the east side on Saturday and Sunday. Checked out a couple hundred yards of shoreline. Saturday still had open water halfway across to the island. Sunday it appeared to freeze over. Walked out, not very far, ice at shore was about two inches. Lots of cracking only 20-30 yards from shore. I know others have posted this but I will also confirm...stay off! Colder temps and overnight lows will help this week but the Rock is still too fragile. Looking forward to a good ice season!!! Stay safe.
MOON PHASE (18%)
A lot of guys calling and asking for a ice report!
Buckhorn Bridge- North of the bridge is all locked up, South of the bridge the main channel is still open in a few areas to the south 1/4 mile
Dirty turtle- Drilled holes right at launch, 1.5 to 2 inches. walked out 50 yards 2" the farther i went out the less ice i had.
Italian supper club- all ice covered, I didn't walk out from the launch, As of 4 days ago some of the east side of the lake was still open.
East side Carlsons supper club- is all locked up,I did not walk out on ice.
For the most part we have 1.5 to 3 inches of ice. Guys i am not encouraging you to head out on the Flowage yet, Give it a week. With very little snow cover and cold temps we should be making ice every night. I will check ice again mid week and give hopefully a better report on ice conditions.
For now i would stick to the back water!
Now booking guide trips for the rest of the 2017 and 2018 Ice season!
Good luck, Be safe!
Thank you Bgdaddy! I haven't been up on Castle Rock for a bit and was unsure! I figured the fatheads would be fine I'm glad I had a second opinion! I'll acclimate them just to be sure :) the report you filled with all the lake info was very helpful to me! Thanks again!
Hope you get some keepers!
MOON PHASE (80%)
46° - 50° F
Below 40° F
Fished "The Rock" yesterday, brutal day with the N/NW winds blowing. Only fish targeted were walleyes...and I found them in their late fall/early winter areas.
Caught fish near structure w/Lindy rigs and jig/minnow combo, neither out performed the other. Both lite and aggressive bite. Fish really became more active as the day wore on. All fish were between 12-14.5", not a keeper to be had out of 30 fish. Great walleye fishing appears to be forthcoming.
I did notice shore fishing by Buckhorn Bridge.
And YES, you can use fatheads. Make sure the minnow bucket water is the same as the lake water, or you'll shock em.
HI all! Quick question, anyone know if areas of the lake have frozen over at all? Also, as I do not know much as to fathead minnows and the temp they can withstand, does anyone think I can still use them as bait and put the minnow bucket in the lake? I'm not sure if they would die or not, thanks all! :D