The ice was all off for the opening weekend. Weather was surprisingly beautiful and warm. The fishing however was not good. We had very limited success finding walleye or anything to bite. Used minnows and crawlers with a variety of jigs and presentations. Some 60+ surface temperatures found on Saturday.
That was my report. It was locked up all the way around the second bend on Saturday when I was out fishing. My brother in law lives right at the first bend on the lake and said it was open up to his house as of Monday night and the whole north shoreline was open a good 20'. He figured the main lake would be open between the two dams by this weekend. Groothousen Bay will be locked up for awhile but you should be able to get a boat in this weekend.
There saw a report on the Holcome flowage Lake-Link site. They said there was 24+ inches of ice on the Dairyland last Saturday. I spoke with my neighbor who lives on the lake. He said it was starting to open up but wasn't sure if the main lake will be open by this weekend. Guess I'l head up on Thrusday and hope for the best.
Fished sun up to sun down on east side of bridge drilled a lot of holes within a couple hundred yards of the bridge in various depths. Great day to be out on the ice. A little chilly this morning but was able to walk on top of the snow until the sun softened it up. About 20" of ice plus the snow, The auger went through with about 4"-6'' to spare before getting the gear box into the snow. Didn't catch anything but sure was a nice break from the crazy long weeks at work. The bait shop in town by the police station only had fat heads and crappie minnows left.
Anyone have an ice depth to report? Seems like the flowage doesn't get as thick as the surrounding lakes but I haven't gotten a chance to check it out. Might try it this weekend for crappie and I only get 50-60 holes off my drill if there is over 20" of ice, debating on whether i need to break out the ole gas auger as well.