There are several other areas of the upper Midwest(Devils, Upper Red, glacial lakes of SD, LOTW etc) I would love to live and fish regularly but pool 7 & 8 offer a person at least 20-25 different areas to fish within 30 a mile radius of the La Crosse area. With these cold temps and great ice we will get access to areas we don't normally get to until late in the season or at all. Going into 2018 it should be a great ice season.
Mississippi River LaCrosse area, La Crosse County
Good update Drewster.
I did notice a few brave souls fishing the deep hole on the slough just north of Shennigans. I can't imagine there is a whole lot of ice there but it must have been enough to get out.
Also, saw a few guys on the slough off of French Island just north of the new wayside on the other side of the interstate.
Both surprised me to be honest. Those are not areas I would be on now.
Cold temps by Saturday should give us good ice by Christmas week.
A few have been asking about ice conditions in the La Crosse area. Here is a little information:
-first, an article in the La Crosse Tribune from last Saturday: ice fishing report
(keep in mind, it has been pretty mild ever since, so no new ice has probably formed in the meantime)
- second, airport beach still is mostly open; there was skim ice all the way across after last week's cold, but much of that has opened up
- I have heard reports of a person falling through at Stoddard and Fisherman's Rd., although there are lots of guys fishing at Fisherman's Rd., catching loads of small gills
- people are fishing many of the small, sheltered backwaters, and catching a few fish, although it has not seemed to be really great fishing yet, ice in most of those places is about 3-4"
-supposed to stay warm through end of work week, but snow forecast reduced now to only a couple inches on Thursday and then really cold for 5-6 days, so things should be much improved by New Years
good luck, stay safe, and Merry Christmas!
MOON PHASE (7%)
56° - 60° F
Fished the Black River Sat and Sunday. I usually spend a lot of time on the big river by the dam but no need the fishing was so good. Rained all day Saturday so we spent most of our time under the I90 bridge...but ran into 1/2 doz 11" crappie (some real slabs) and 3 keeper walleye among a mixed catch of perch/bluegill. Sunday was even better. Boated 4 keeper walleye largest 20" and more 11" crappie. Of course ran into a few northern...largest being 34" and a big hawg bowfin all of 8.5 lbs. Great fishing trip. Caught most of ours 12-14 ft of water...pink was the color du jour...both days. White and pink zips, pink jig head with white twister tail.
MOON PHASE (90%)
Went out on French island. Had anywhere from 4to6 inches. Fish were very active caught 20 crappie in 2 hrs. The only problem was the size. Every fish was 8-10 inches. Still fun to get out there. Be safe and good luck
MOON PHASE (96%)
6° - 10° F
Went out to get ice reports for you guys.
-6 in at Schafer's boat landing with people catching nice perch and bluegills.
-4 in of softer ice at the end of Fisherman's Road with perch and gills being caught.
-4 in on the Black River off the airport beach with whitebass and walleye being caught in the morning. Big schools of inactive fish on the graphs too.
Ice jigs with waxies or minnows produced best. Still got two deer tags to fill or else I'd be out there already. Wish me luck in the woods and good luck out on the ice. Stick to the crowd and you should be okay.
Wondering if anyone could help me out. Looking for a shore spot where I could go out with my wife and adult kids for a relaxing Saturday fishing. Just looking for an easy spot that we can access, take a cooler and relax all day. Catching fish would be nice, but don't really care what. Soaking night crawlers or whatever.
You may want to check out the floats either at Dresbach or Genoa. For a small fee the guy picks you up at the landing and takes you across the river to a fishing float. They do very well out there a lot of days.
There are places to fish from shore but you will do better if you avoid the main channel of the river for the most part. One popular spot is the Onalaska spillway.