Pretty Lake, Waukesha County

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1/5/17 @ 4:53 PM
fishfinder1987
fishfinder1987
USER since 8/1/14
Ice Report?  How's parking been this year?

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7/12/16 @ 1:56 PM
quarry hunter
quarry hunter
USER since 10/8/06

I lost a tackle box full of rattling cranks either at the launch or on my way home. If you locate them please let me know. Reward will be offered. Thanks

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1/25/16 @ 11:08 AM
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tzeilstra
tzeilstra
USER since 8/4/08

MOON PHASE (97%)
Waning Gibbous

ICE DEPTH
13 inches
Public Service Announcement: If you fish here, make sure you park on the ice. The cops had a nice little fundraiser Saturday ticketing people parked in the launch area.

As for the fishing, we had an ok day with undersized pike and walleyes on tip-ups. Biggest pike was 25" (with most under 20") and biggest walleye was 13". Nothing jigging although I marked quite a few fish.

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8/8/15 @ 4:18 PM
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pik3n3y3z
pik3n3y3z
USER since 10/20/07

MOON PHASE (33%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80º F
Out here for the first time ever... What a rough launch lol, but hey I like the challenge. We eventually got'r off the trailer and fished 3 or 4 hours. Bunch of snakes, a pickerel or two, lost one big bass. I did my tournament "that was the 3-4 pounder I needed" dance. But oh well, she's gonna find me again someday.

We had fun here, tough on size but was a nice time for a Saturday and not having to deal with yahoo's. Tight lines all!

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12/13/14 @ 4:04 PM
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RighteousArcher
RighteousArcher
USER since 12/13/14

MOON PHASE (58%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Foggy

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F
Just went out today to check the ice thickness. If you get out there before we get any snow you'll notice half of the lake is covered in a white sheet of ice and the rest in a clear (dark) sheet of ice. Near shore and covering just shy of roughly half of the southern end of the lake the white ice is about 7.5 inches thick.

Be careful though because once you get towards the middle and the deep end of the lake the ice is only 3.5 inches and it's supposed to be near 50 degrees Sunday and Monday.

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2/26/14 @ 1:32 PM
Igor
Igor
USER since 6/20/01
How is the access with the cold and wind? Any heaves or drifts by the landing?

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2/12/14 @ 12:19 PM
cds
cds
USER since 9/18/01
Just comment on the small crappies.

The first time I fished Pretty lake was maybe 17 years ago. I caught more crappies than I bothered counting. None were what I considered worth keeping.

I have fished it several times since then with roughly the same results. That,over almost 2 decades. That lake does not get pounded. There just isn't the panfish harvest of other comparably-sized area lakes.

I have a friend who lives on Pretty Lake Road just across the street from the lake. He doesn't bother panfishing there. Too many,too small.

I'm no biologist but IMO,the lake's crappies could BENEFIT from harvest. Leave the predator fish in the lake.

That said,I personally wouldn't post a picture of a 2 man limit of those fish. It could (hypothetically) be a lake the WDNR is going to poison and has opened to unlimited harvest. Someone on the internet would STILL criticize the size and amount of fish kept.

That ALL said,this attitude is what is going to get us a statewide panfish limit of 10 fish: "DID U PAY FOR THE BAIT THE GAS I WILL ALWAYS KEEP MY LIMIT"

Edited on 2/12/14 12:22 PM
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2/11/14 @ 10:41 AM
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$FISH
$FISH
USER since 2/19/13

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
20 inches

AIR TEMP
11° - 15° F
Went out last Saturday. it was very slow. most action seen was at the south end of the lake when a sled raced a Saturn across the lake. Good times for them! had lots of flags but kept getting dropped. And the Saturn won! Don't think this is the lake for me. too many small fish.

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2/8/14 @ 4:24 PM
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Tight Lines!
Tight Lines!
USER since 1/15/14

ICE DEPTH
20 inches
2 pike from 830-230. Slow fishing. Snowing entire day. A few panfish. Nothing to great

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2/7/14 @ 9:09 AM
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jaybeeturtle
jaybeeturtle
USER since 3/17/06
Was out earlier in the week and I would not recommend using a car, the wind created some drifts that are hard to see until you are right on top of them. The access is pretty icy too. Sure you can get on, but getting back out is another matter. As for a report, fishing was real tough. I fished very hard for 8 hrs thru 40+ holes and during the day had one keeper perch and one 8 inch gill, the rest were small to microscopic. Finally at dark the crappie started biting, mostly small ones around 8 inches, but I managed to take home 5 from 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches. Had 2 tip ups out with medium shiners, only 4 flags all day, landed 2 pike 23-25 inches and a 16 inch bass. Pretty difficult fishing everywhere I've been the last couple weeks

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