Flew over monona bay today and the lake is wide open along with the south triangle. The north triangle is still holding onto 60% ice cover but looked very dark.
Ice pike baby. Ice is fine. Come on out. Rat.
FYI- Actually my first game fish caught through the ice. Bit on a panfish jig tipped with spikes.
Finished at 4 pm Saturday and the ice was still holding up. Should of went yesterday and ignored my bracket. LOL
Was on the triangle Thursday 4-6pm. The ice entering and exiting from the train tracks was good. Ice in SW corner 4-8 " thick. 2 guys on other side of the tracks in the bay when i left. Shore is very bad there and its deep next to shore? Not sure how they got off?
I went by the bay this morning at 7:00 am and there were three guys on the ice, fishing. The ice looked all honeycombed. I don't know how they got on, and I don't know how they're going to get off. But the fools were out there anyway!! Would you think that their life is that unimportant to them. That they would risk it a few measly bluegills!!
Tight lines to all you sane fisherman out there.
I will be checking it out Saturday AM. If I see others fishing I'll go. I won't be the first one on.
FYI- The picture I posted was of the tracks between the main lake and triangle.
People were not entering there. They were entering on the tracks between the bay and triangle. That was the only safe way to get on the bay last weekend. You could get on just about anywhere in the triangle the three days I fished but have no idea for the weekend.
If I dem it unsafe I won't go. Rat.
MOON PHASE (14%)
Out on the north triangle Sunday and Monday afternoons. Until 7:15 pm last night. Fishing fair. Ice still good in the middle. Starting to get sketchy along boat house shoreline. Although myself and others entered and exited in that area both days.
If you go you may want to enter along the rr tracks that separate the bay from the triangle. There were more people fishing the bay Sunday and Monday than on Saturday.
Today and tomorrow will still be fishable but once we start hitting the mid to upper forties it will go south quick. Although with the cold nights who knows.
Pic from Sunday.Rat.
MOON PHASE (38%)
Fished north triangle for first time ever. Ice was 8" to 11" where I fished and drilled by hand. Ice was still flaky. Completely different than the the bay ice. Three guys on the bay. I counted over forty on the triangle at about 11:30 am. Left at 12:45 pm.
There were planks down but were actually frozen into the ice. You didn't need planks to enter this morning. Have no idea about this afternoon. Fully confident in ice conditions and will be out again tomorrow. You can get on the bay but you really need high boots or waders. Ice looked a little more sketchy on the bay as well.
Caught some gills and small perch. Will be putting a lot more time in tomorrow. Will be my last time. Highs in the fifties to end next week. Open water next weekend? Rat.