Just wondering if anyone has ventured out to the island yet. Me and a couple friends are thinking about going this weekend and want to know if there are any unsafe areas we should avoid.
I have fished this lake a lot for bass and have never had a problem. Not too sure what the walleye population is like. I have caught a few 20”+eyes on cranks on the west side of the island.
Always have used catch and release. Hope this helps as I personally think this lake is not a pressured as others in the area!
I fished a lake a lot like Pine in Western Wisconsin. Same type of problems. The lake needs to be protected a little better with limits. Has the potential to go back to a trophy fishery.
Not so much anymore in recent years.
I'd like to see a good lake like that with potential be a lot more regulated with power boats and jetskis within certain mph and time frames.
2013. What a crash. I wonder if there’s any left at all now.
and to think there was a day when Pine’s Cisco supported its own ice fishery...there’s a picture of a bunch of vehicles and shanties on the west side of the island-all Cisco fishing.
years ago a former friend of mine said something to the effect of “Pine Lake like a different lake every year”.
MOON PHASE (58%)
From the 2013 study of Cisco populations by WDNR
Pine Waukesha Cisco 07/29/2013
They netted an avg of 4 fish/night during survey (okauchee 56/night)
oconomowoc 42 fish/night.
Pine is considered a low abundance lake, Okauchee very high & Ocon high
The biggest one netted in Pine was 15.5 inches
Ocon had a 19 incher netted, wow.
Therz-drop a camera. Most likely you’re seeing massive schools of small perch. They don’t seem to grow into numbers of bigger perch. A few,yes. But not many...Perch are not nearly as nutritious as Cisco and these are smaller.
Schools of Cisco used to pass by over the basin when I was ice fishing deep structure for walleyes. I’d switch gears and drop a Mendota rig on them and catch a few before the school passed. Those days are long gone. Zeebs...Gone are the couple/three guides who often trolled the basin in mid to late summer late into the night. Gone are the occasional humongous white bass. Gone are spring nights with 2,3 or even 4 fish per hour but catching a limit of “eaters” was a struggle. Many were over the self-imposed 15”-20” slot.
otoh,smallies are far more prevalent....and winter walleye icefishermen do better nowadays doing it the easy way: tip-ups and a 12’er at night. I preferred it the way it was: daytime jigging deep structure.
oh,reports pages are also for discussing those waterbodies...dude that complained that no fishing reports are forthcoming? Here’s one: fish are finally,solidly locked into fall patterns....WDNR was boomshocking Pine Tuesday night and for such a beautiful calm night I was surprised that there were no other boats out....otherwise there’s a couple stalker-types who know exactly why I NEVER post reports on Pine any longer...and I’m not the only one who learned that lesson the hard way.