dave schansberg, turn your messenger on. i have a cottage on the lake, and could share some info....
MOON PHASE (81%)
Do not bother with Little Rice anymore. So far this summer I have not had so much as a bite. I have thrown all the usually productive baits in all of my honey holes but I remain skunked for the season.
I have fished this lake many times since the late 1990s with plentiful catches of panfish and bass. My grandkids loved fishing with me there because they could always catch nice crappies.
Since the major winter kill a couple of years ago, the DNR is keeping the lake a foot lower than normal and has done nothing to help the lake recover. The wild rice is getting out of control on the north end of the lake. There has been no restocking effort whatsoever. Unfortunately this neglect has destroyed a once great fishing gem.
61° - 65° F
56° - 60° F
Overall not a bad day. It was better than sitting in the cottage. The lake is slowly coming back from the winter kill of a couple of years ago. I did see another post that said bluegills are non-existent in this lake, but I have friends from Crandon that ice fished Little Rice this year and caught gills, crappies and perch. On the way off the lake (down the river) to the south landing, we saw a gentleman who held up a bluegill that he just caught that looked in the 8-9" range.
66° - 70° F