This is an ice thickness report. I am at deer camp close by and wanted to check ice thickness is less than an inch as you can see by my pic. I broke through at the beach entrance. The rest if the Lake I could see looked the same. I will be back weekend after Thanksgiving and give a new report. Happy Thanksgiving every, safe travels.
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I will be back on the lake fishing on March 11 & 12 and 18 & 19. I have looked at the extended weather and nights are well below 32 and most days are at 32 degrees up through 12th. Please post ice conditions and fishing action if you can. I did meet a nice group of guys last time that do post here. Hope to share a beer with you again.
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At Nugget Lake on 2/10 from about 11:00 am to roughly 6:00 pm. Today I went down the lake further than I ever had in ice season. I fished on the breaks down from what I think is the last "rock wash gully" before the dam on the east side of the lake. This is right on the edge of the excavation area. This was directly opposite the excavated area on the west side of the lake that has 40 FOW. A lot of holes where I was. I eventually caught bluegill up to maybe 8" starting at about 3:00 pm, very tight to the bottom in 24 FOW! Actually had to tease them up from the bottom. Unbelievably, a couple of guys had set up and fished all day in the 40 FOW bay across from me were catching gills including a couple of 9 1/2" OFF THE BOTTOM in 40 Feet! No one caught crappies of any size. The guys over the 40' kept 16 I think they said. I didn't keep anything, but I do wonder about how well those released survive. Most people are now fishing on the upper 1/3 of the lake. A beautiful day to be out, with a fantastic sunset at the end. The ice is going to slush up and get covered with melt-water this next week.
MOON PHASE (94%)
16° - 20° F
Below 40° F
I was at Nugget either 2/3 or 2/4. When I go it's usually noon before I arrive. I've caught several 9" bluegills but only 1 11" crappie this ice season. I usually always encounter bass while fishing 1/32oz. pan fish jigs and 2 and 3# ice line, sometime I win sometimes the bass win. I focus on the ends of the "flats" were the lake turns east and try to find 12 fow next to 14 fow and 10 foot humps. Perch are usually hugging the bottom, feeding bluegill and crappie are 2 to 4 feet off the bottom. Nugget Lake really has a sundown bite going, same thing in the summer and fall. Personally, I'm conflicted about targeting 9" plus bluegills and am sort of self-pledging to release those. That may sound crazy to some I know. I'd really like to key on the big crappies and walleye. I've seen lots of big 11" plus crappie come out of the lake in the summer by those who have a serious handle on them. 2 things about tip up fishing for walleyes; 1) they don't want you to use minnows on the lake and 2) use of big fatheads, shiners or suckers is going to get me numerous gut hooked large mouths. I'd need much more information on location to target walleyes.
I've fished Nugget Lake many times in the summer and, now in the winter. See my You Tube videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBFZDvJmbRA . I guess I assume that most winter fishing of walleye with tip ups is being done with live minnows, if that is the case, are they breaking the lake rule against live minnows? It would seem that this is a county park regulation rather than a DNR regulation. What also makes it interesting is that there doesn't seem to be a "public" access on the lake. I've heard it said that the live minnow rule is just a suggestion, either way, fat heads and shiners would really do the trick I would think for tip up fishing.
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Fished the lake Saturday. Parked at boat launch and took atv and trailer. Got to the first bend going east, and there where 6-8 vehicles parked fishing the 15 fow. Keep going to the next bend and headed right for the sand cliff on the north shore. Setup around 4:30 for walleye and crappie bite. Caught 1 17" walleye on tip up and 3 bass using the Berkeley rip and rap. Left lake around 8:30 we where the only souls still on the lake. No crappies. Leaving the lake I dropped my vexilar in about 50 holes from people earlier but not a fish.
MOON PHASE (78%)
I just called and spoke with the person in the office. He said people are driving on the ice with trucks. He said ice is about 15 to 17 inches but that can change quickly...as we all know. He does not ice fish...this is all the information I got from him. I will try it the weekend of the 11th & 12th. I will use an ATV and give a report.