fished from 7am till 12 2 crappies few little perch went home came back 9pm fished by Lisa's till 12 am one fluke flag
MOON PHASE (0%)
26° - 30° F
Well gave the BP a try today not really thinking the bite could be as bad as advertised. Wrong was I, managed about 8 perch only 2 decent and one tiny eye.
MOON PHASE (2%)
16° - 20° F
Below 40° F
Tough day today. Caught 2 eleven inch crappies, three tiny walleyes, in 4 hours fishing, 1 to 5 pm. 3 inches of ice where I was (near county S) with a little slush on top. Wasn't marking many fish besides the few I caught. As reported earlier, low water level, down 4 ft. or more, may be the problem. No one else seemed to do any better that I talked to. With a little warm up coming, be careful out there.
Bassbill, thanks for an excellent report. Last year, early ice was good fishing. Draw down of about 4 ft. occurred mid season (mid jan?), and fishing really slowed down after that. Even fishing deeper was only marginally successful. I'm planning on trying it out after this next cold stretch, maybe Thursday or Friday. The thick algae bloom this summer does have me concerned though.
Fisher, they started drawing down the lake in mid July this year and it was a good 5 ft down by Fall. Up to mid July the crappie and walleye were in typical spots 12'-15' of water along the lips of the old river channels. Once the drawdown started they moved off those edges and the fishing was lousy the rest of the Summer and Fall. Lot of fish seemed to be suspended over open water after that. So the drawdown definitely "moves" the fish. As far as your question about oxygen that' s where I worry. The BEP is plaqued by non point pollution from pig and dairy farms upriver. They have never been able to clean it up which adds an unacceptable amount of phosphorus and nitrogen to the water. The July drawdown was at the worst time because water temps were 80 and as it drew down the nutrients were even more concentrated in a smaller volume of water. The resulting algae blooms were at times 4"-6" thick on the surface of the water right into November. That can't help the dissolved oxygen levels in the lake. In winter they supposedly test dissolved oxygen levels periodically and have aerators they turn on if it drops to a certain level. Dont know what to tell you as far as ice fishing but myself and friends had the worst fall fishing ever between the drawdown and the severe algae, maybe winter will be bettet.