Finished the season almost identical to how I started the season.... Enjoying my time out on the ice doing some fishing with dad and catching a mixed bag of white bass and walleyes. The only difference was we were on opposite sides of the lake. While we were able to get on fish two thirds of a mile off the south shore back in November (opening day of deer hunting) we were a mile off of the north shore yesterday. Dad out-fished me again, as we combined for five walleyes (13-18 inches,) five white bass, a crappie and a catfish.
While tip-ups out-produced the jig pole on Friday, the jig pole (gold spoon tipped with minnow head) was the ticket yesterday, catching all but one walleye, and the crappie and catfish. The best bite was from 1:00-4:00, as we only caught one white bass and the catfish after 4:00. Seemed like when the wind died down, so did the bite.
Saturday was my last day of walleye fishing through the ice until Nov/Dec. I was able to take four wheeler off Indian Point yesterday, but there were definitely spots to avoid when crossing the crack right off the landing, both going on the ice and coming off. What looked "good" was actually unsafe, as you were better off driving through the 8-10 inches of standing water that had "decent" ice underneath it. Would venture to guess that the crack will be impassable in the next day or two, even by foot unless someone brings planks with them.
Poygan treated me great this year, giving me steady walleye action on tip-ups. It reminded me of years past when my dad and Papa would take me out as a kid. This will be one of the years that will be easy to remember, as in roughly 20-25 trips out to Poygan this year, I came home empty only two or three times. A lot of great memories with dad and friends, and can't wait for the next ice season to get here!!!