Put my waders on and fished for an hour using a jig and plastic.... caught nothing... was skim by shot re this am
Carpio, I agree. I started ice fishing in the late 1960's and first ice was never very productive for me. I say "was" because I don't go out on thin ice anymore. (old age does that to you--makes you more cautious) I like to have at least 4 inches and preferably 6 inches. And I never liked really clear ice as it was a spooky feeling seeing the drop-offs and end of weedbeds. I like cloudy or snow on the ice. I don't ice fish as often as I did when I was younger probably because it seems to me that the fishing is not as good anymore but that's anecdotal. Others on here seem to do good but maybe it's all the fancy equipment in use nowadays. It used to be a bucket, a hand auger, a skimmer, a couple of rods with a Skooley plastic reel, and some goldenrod galls to cut open for bait. Tip-ups consisted of a couple of cross pieces with a reel on. I should probably start a thread on the forums for this for I know I'm getting on about a lot of different things.
Popper: I don’t know about you or anybody else’s experience but I’ve found out after about 60 yrs of experience that Generally ist ice SUCKS! The fish are spooky and it really helps if there is about6” of ice. The ice needs to cloud up. Anybody else? Stay safe guys!
Popper, do you live on the lake or do you trailer there? I mainly fish here during winter when I can park on the ice and Ive tried getting away with parking in one of the parking spaces there, but ended up with a ticket when I got back to the truck. Ive emailed the town of Norway trying to get a parking pass if there is one but never got a response from them, and would like to try this lake from the boat without risking another ticket.
Jay from Finn's again.
Went and cut holes again this afternoon and everywhere I went was about the same or maybe down 1/2" since my check on Wed. You can see that below a few reports. Only change really is a little more water on the ice from rain so more areas to need your galoshes.
Some guys were asking about ATV travel being ok. If I were going out there tomorrow with mine I would have no problem bringing it. If I were going out there tomorrow with yours, maybe.
Obviously everywhere is glare ice so things are slippery. Customer this afternoon said he went to Farm and Fleet, Gander and Wal Mart and no one has any Cleats or Creepers. We probably have 15 different kinds in every size and at least 200 pair in stock total.
Besides what I reported on Wed. I had a customer who lives on Waubusee on the east side just south of the channel a bit tell me he had between 10" and 11" out from his house this morning. Not sure how far out but as far as he needed to fish.
Had another customer in this morning who lives on Denoon SE side near the stop sign at Hart Dr and he said he had about 12" yesterday. He was heading back out this morning and he was guessing it would still be at least 11"
As far as Big Muskego goes, not sure on ice thickness anywhere but I will tell you to steer clear of the reeds as much as possible. That is where it will be bad first.
And is it really going to be 56 tomorrow? Would have to be at LEAST low 40's right now and it is 34 at my house right now.