Lost Lake, Vilas County, Vilas County
I was up there in July for a week and I can say first hand they killed off most of the weeds in the lake. I had a hard time finding anything green. Every time I brought up the anchor tins of brown dead weeds. Worst week of fishing I've had in the 15 years of going up to that week.
ICE SHACK RENTAL???
A group of friends and I have an ice fishing trip planned for February 7-11 and we will be staying on Lost Lake. We would love to have nice permanent shack to to use. Is there anyone on here that would be interested in renting out their shack for a few days or know of any places that rent them? We have all our own fishing gear, but looking for something comfortable for 6 or so people to fish and hang out in that will be nicer than using our portable shacks.
Thanks for any help!
0° - 5° F
Fished the west bay on January 3rd, 4th and 5th. Drove out from private property off of Hwy 155. Ice was about 10" with about 4 inches of snow. Moving east towards the main lake, there was a substantial amount of slush and the ice was about 8". Not safe for a vehicle in my opinion. We caught small pike consistently throughout the day until about 2:00 PM. Stayed out until 6:30 each evening targeting walleyes with no success. 9 tip ups set from 7' out to 12'. Camera showed sparse, but healthy weeds. I was told (unverified) that the area was treated for milfoil in the recent past.
MOON PHASE (6%)
11° - 15° F
Use EXTREME CAUTION on Lost. Tons of snow on ice. Before the snow there was a very sketchy area in basically the majority of the main basin.
Hauled a shanty out on a solid 6" but when popping holes out in area that was previously sketchy we got a scary 1" thick surprise. With all the snow on top I fear this is a recipe for disaster and am sure it isn't unique to Lost this year. Just be careful, if venturing out and you see the shanty the area to the west of it is the problem area.
As for fishing. It was really slow with only a couple small pike to show for our efforts.
MOON PHASE (17%)
I took a few hours off from bow hunting and got out for muskies. I have been confounded by rain and warm temps this fall so this cooler weather was welcomed for muskie fishing. There is always an algae bloom in the fall as shallow weeds die and add nutrients to the water which triggers an algae bloom . Turnover is still a bit away on most lakes but few 30 degree nights like Friday night will get them to turn. With that said, the crazy fluctuating temps this summer and fall may have created a more uniform temp profile. In other words there is no stratification on some lakes so turnover effects will be minimal.
Here is a picture of my PB caught on Saturday in 20+ feet of water on a sucker. (48 1/4” and close to 30 lbs) It really surprised me when it finally surfaced as I was expecting a green fish not a ghost. This is a weird color phase and this particular fish was hooked 3 consecutive years on the same day.