I've only seen photos of one trout caught by my friends kid last summer.
It's probably more likely to catch a limit of crappie than a trout. At least i've caught a few of those there. And some over 10 inches.
The shiners are a good source of food but it’s the trout that get the pike big. Hopefully people are putting the big pike back, this lake is more of a learning lake for young fishers IMO. Great place to catch just about anything and even better to show new fishers what fishing is all about.
Fished yesterday for a few hours. The center ice is nice and thick but the ice on the east side of the lake next to where the springs are was 8 inches and eroding. But even with the warm temps the ice was still freezing up.
I fish this lake for fun and caught tons of ding perch and gills and then in some weird luck I nailed a 12 inch pike on a tungston jig followed by a 9.5 perch and a 10. I put them all back. Talked to several people over the past few weeks catching some good pike and I know why. I actually caught five large shiners over 8 inches. That's some big food for them.
We were out on the ice for an hour or so this evening. The ice was about a foot thick. No luck fishing, but I did manage to lose a lens from my prescription glasses. Please let me know if by chance someone happens upon it. Thanks and good luck.
Like said I know that about ice. I almost took a video of it yesterday. It's such an oddity how loud it is. After 2 hours it went back to what was expected. Several cracks went through the area I was fishing.
I was kind of curious if the noise was affecting the fishing kind of like when someone drills a ton of holes and the fish shut off for a while. Either way I'll be back next weekend and if it's still making noise I'll take a video. Going on 10+ inches of ice I don't expect it.
For your information the ice pops and cracks when it is making more ice. Because of the expansion when the water is freezing. When the ice is freezing a lot you get louder cracking and popping sounds. On smaller bodies of water such as this you can actually feel the ice move.
The fish didn't seem to be biting today. I marked a few here and there and eventually caught 2 gills and a perch glued to the bottom.
Between 10am-noon the ice was making cracking and popping noises again but after noon the lake went silent.
The Ice is 8 inches everywhere and up to 10-11 in some places. Water clarity was pretty good just nothing to see.