Went out yesterday 1-5:30 pm. Only one flag went up. Small snake. Shoreline was starting to open up and ice varied from 5-8" Don't think after this warm week that you will be able to safely fish this lake. Spring was also opened up all the way to the shoreline.
Agreed, same thing happened to the pike fishery 10-12 years ago. Too many 2-fish limits of legal pike were taken out on a regular basis and it took 5+ years to recover where there were a decent number of legal northerns again. I wouldn't mind seeing some type of slot limit, or CPR only for pike for a few years. At minimum, lower the bag limit on pike to 1 fish. That would help with the smaller panfish situation as well. More predators would be a good thing, as well as a lower bag limit on panfish. Beyond our scope of influence, but it's nice to hope. I live and fish in SW FL now, but I still monitor my old haunts up north and would like to see them be healthy for future generations.
Yeah, I do it from time to time in the summer, It can be quite effective. Tons of 3" gills here. But I don't think that it's a stunting issue as much as there is an overharvesting issue. This lake gets absolutely pounded through the ice and in spring by "meat hoarders". If this lake were to go catch and release only or bag limits of 5 or 10 for panfish, I guarantee the size structure would bounce back in just a few years. A lot of what we thought about stunted pinfish are beginning to be disproven as new management practices are put in place. I hardly fish panfish here anymore but I am forever grateful of the seemingly endless food source for the bass and pike that I do target all summer long. But I'd love to see this lake get back to where it was when I was a kid, way bigger fish.
Hey Murky, if you run into that "no-bait at the bait shop" issue again, use some of those 3-4 inch bluegills that are over populated in BSL. The northerns and bass will eat them just like a shiner. Just remember to count the ones you do use as part of your daily bag limit of panfish. We've caught some very nice northerns and bass on little gills/perch over the years. Do be cautious....if you use 7 panfish in a day don't have more than 18 "keepers" in your bucket. Our DNR friends have been known to watch anglers from shore, then do a fish count when the angler walks off the ice. Give it a try, you might never buy shiners again for a lake filled with bait. And if anyone tells you it is illegal, refer them to the WI regulations under "bait". The regs are quite clear. You may legally use them.
lookin to hook up with someone who knows the lake in regards to the springs.as far as an ice report my friend lives on the lake and said its been froze over 9 days.he hasnt seen anyone out yet so how thick the ice is who knows. im sure the snow made it sketchy