Went out to west side of Monona Bay at lunch today. Low tech is correct. The very west side ice isn't going anywhere even with the warm windy rainy weather a few days away. Not safe to walk on yet and even more so with that weather coming. But it'll still be there when the "warm" front passes.
MOON PHASE (92%)
Out last night. Crappie flurry at dark. Caught four. One 9" walleye. Terrace continues to disappoint on the walleye front. The last three years have been terrible. Stands to reason why the walleye warriors no longer show up in droves. I still like to try because you never know what will happen. Besides so much less traffic along the bike path. You still have to be wary of the illegal bike riders who have no lighting. Rat.
Main launch at Olbrich is still open as of this morning. One pier still in, historically they pull the last ones the first week of December (obviously depends on water temps). The secondary launch across the road did have ice in front of it (no piers left in at the secondary launch).
I saw several fisherman in boats out yesterday (3 to be exact). Nothing is iced over. Monona Bay hardly has any shore ice, there is very thin ice starting from about a foot or two from shore. I am guessing it will be mostly gone within a week. (winds and temps) So for the main lake, Olin is definitely open due to its exposure and I am guessing so is Olbrich due to current.
Are the piers still in? There was only one pier in at Olbrich and Olin but that was middle of last week ish when i checked. (Wednesday I believe)
Monona Bay was in fact iced over completely this afternoon with about 1/2-3/4 inch of ice with the exception of a small slot in the middle that remained open.
With below freezing temperatures staring Friday night and lasting through Monday I wonder if a few brave souls will try it out next week.
Lake Monona still open, but shorelines likely to go soon.