A buddy and I got out this past Sunday and the Public Launch near Smoky's had enough ice to just walk straight out on. Let me know if you head out there how the landing looks now...hopefully with the below freezing temps at night we can squeeze another weekend out. This time of year is great for panfishing.
MOON PHASE (14%)
31° - 35° F
Below 40° F
Went to Bass Bay as well as Big Muskego Lake Sunday 3/11 and both lakes had open water at all public launches. Took a gamble and headed out to Smoky's and that public launch had ample ice to walk out on. Once out on the lake we had zero issues, no honeycomb ice and plenty of ice depth. I would stay away from the shorelines as it is possible the ice is much thinner near the edges. I am hoping that the launch holds up for another go this weekend. Temps are suppose to dip into the teens and twenties for the rest of the week. Hopefully fellow anglers will keep the condition of the ice at the public launch updated. We had good success early in the am about 7am until about 9am then the fish turned off. Caught nearly 14 keeper crappie, gill, and perch and one 14" crappie. We fished in 6-10 FOW off the island. I'd like to find the deeper part of the lake to hit the Basin Crappie, we were stunned that it was 5 FOW with how far out we were...
went out yesterday from about 11-3:30pm. There was close to no water or slush on top of the ice, which was surprising. The ice was still about 14". Fishing was very slow again. Between me and my buddy, we caught 2 tiny perch and 2 small gills. Not a single flag on tip ups with shiners or fatheads. Tried jigging with kastmasters, waxies, small fatheads, and minnow heads. Marked a good amount of fish, but they were either tiny or not interested. Maybe the west end of the lake has better fishing to offer? Or perhaps you just need to hit the morning and evening bites? This year i mainly stayed east or a bit northeast of Chester island and I only got 1 keeper out of it. Perhaps ill have to try the west side next season.