Big Eau Pleine , Marathon County

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TODAY @ 12:21 AM
FISHING REPORT
Dillon9877
Dillon9877
USER since 1/11/17

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Night Time

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

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 


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12/17/17 @ 7:22 PM
FISHING REPORT
Livefreefishhard
Livefreefishhard
USER since 2/5/16

MOON PHASE (0%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
4 inches

AIR TEMP
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.

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12/16/17 @ 10:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
StorminNormin1957
StorminNormin1957
USER since 2/6/17

MOON PHASE (2%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

ICE DEPTH
3 inches

AIR TEMP
16° - 20° F

WATER TEMP
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. 

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12/14/17 @ 9:31 AM
biggie21
biggie21
USER since 2/5/13

Ice is 3" with spots of 1.5". The bite is horrid. It's hard even marking fish. Could be a slow year.

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12/14/17 @ 9:25 AM
mrdjxx
mrdjxx
USER since 2/4/17
How is the ice out there? Has anyone been out fishing?

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12/11/17 @ 12:02 AM
StorminNormin1957
StorminNormin1957
USER since 2/6/17

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. 

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12/10/17 @ 8:27 AM
SnoPro800
SnoPro800
USER since 1/12/16

Nice info thanks! Too bad about the draw down. We ice fished there last year and had some fun. Was my son and daughters first time.

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12/9/17 @ 5:59 PM
bassbill
bassbill
USER since 6/16/06

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. 

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12/9/17 @ 4:42 PM
Pointfisher
Pointfisher
USER since 11/28/16

I grew up fishing little pot hole lakes in western Wisconsin, so not real familiar with fishing reservoir lakes. Maybe a dumb question, but how does it being down that much effect fishing? Bigger chance of a freeze out?

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12/9/17 @ 12:43 PM
260 REM
260 REM
USER since 7/17/02

WVIC website says the Big Eau Pleine is almost 5 feet below full pool.

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