Ice is safe...5"-7" thick anywhere I drilled
Fished today but the bite was SLOW...a couple crappies & lots of SMALL gills. Kept a few for a fish fry...most of the fish went back. Used spikes & waxies.
well, another year passed by...hopefully we all learned something & we're better fishermen with much more appreciation of God's creation.
happy new year & go catch them!
You can fish the channels after dark. I have had limited success after about an hour after sunset. During the day has always been better for me. You can get some crappies after dark but the bluegills seem to shut down completely. Tight lines.
There is no need for a flasher at Nielsons. My best success with crappies there is when its sunny out, and I am fishing inside my shack with all windows closed, no light. Fishing right under the ice, you'll be able to see the fish through the hole.
For me, the time of day is the biggest determining factor for catching crappie. Early/mid-morning and near sunset. I caught (6) today between 9-12" (5 released) and all after about 3:00pm. Orange tear drop jig tipped with waxworms. Any sort of tear drop jig, spoon, or Swedish pimple tipped with waxworms or spikes usually does it for me. Deadsticking a minnow on a jighead at a depth of 1-2 feet will work too. Whatever method you use you might try fishing the upper half of the water column. It's a good way to weed out some of the smaller bluegills too.
There might be a few spots there that hold crappie more consistently than others. But every year is different particularly this year with so much of it choked off with the weeds.
This is what works for me. Good luck out there!