Fishing has been slow, catch a few perch a day and keep maybe a 3rd of what you catch. This river is getting pounded this year. Lots of people out and lots of shacks on the ice. Id personally like to thank the jackass who parked his shack along side mine. Walking out the door of my shack and seeing nothing but your shack 2 feet away is a joke..
Stopped at the pond today to check the ice and helped the Oconto Falls PD retrieve an auger from the ice that was about 75 yards out. Found about 3'' of ice and walked out about another 20 yards and spud went through. If your missing your auger it is at the Oconto Falls PD. I'm going to give it another week and hope the wind stays down and no snow for the next few weeks. Be safe and use your spud bar.
I live just down the street from there. I haven't got out to actually drill a hole and check the thickness of the ice yet, but I drive past there every day. The last 3 days there have been ice fishermen all the way out in the middle fishing. I talked to 2 different people (not fishing together or close to each other) that were out there and they said there is 4 to 5 inches of ice in most spots, but some spots are around 3 inches. This is only word of mouth remember, I didn't actually check the ice myself, but there are people fishing there and portable shacks out there. If what they are telling me is true then I don't think you will have a problem come Thursday. Should be a good 5 inches by then I'm GUESSING. Tomorrows daytime high is only 19 degrees. I hope that helps you. If I get a chance I will get out and drill a hole and post it on Wednesday for you. Good luck... Tight lines... And be safe!
Still about 17 to 20 inches of ice as of two days ago. I drove by there today and there is still one permanant shack kind of out in the middle and about 3 or 4 shacks sitting on the ice close to shore about maybe 20 yards out. The boat landing that is mostly used, by the East side beach area, looks to be nothing but water, but I'm sure there is ice under that water. I seen two four wheelers out towards the middle today as I drove by, but no vehicles.... My guess is there is still plenty of ice, but my opinion is it is more than likely very soft. I see they had all three dams open and running full bore most of the day today which makes for flowing water current under the ice pretty strong. I myself would not drive on the ice with a vehicle and wouldn't advise anyone else to either, but of course that's up to you. Again, just my opinion is, it is probably safe enough for a 4 wheeler but not much more. Best thing to do would be walk out pulling your gear on a sled if you want to be sure to play it safe as possible. Remember, tomorrow temps will be in the low 60's here again with lots of sunshine. I hope this helps. Please be safe as possible and think before you attempt... Even rescue crews have to risk their lives when they have to attempt rescues or recoveries and most have families also. Good luck buddy!