Best winter I’ve had in a long time even with the shaky ice we’ve had. S/E wisco has been lights out. All my fish have been coming in less then 3 feet of water.
Southeast Wisconsin Area Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
MOON PHASE (75%)
Hello all. The Wildlife in Need Center is asking ice fishers if they could drop off some frozen fish for a pelican they have. It eats a lot. Anything under 12 inches is good - I'm sure a bunch of dink bluegills would be great.
Here's the post, and a video of the pelican.
"I am just trying to get the word out to any Ice fishermen or Fisherwomen in the Lake Country Area.. In the next 4 weeks if you catch any extra pan fish, We sure could use them to feed our Pelican guest. I call him Gus. No need to clean the fish,,,,, you can bring them frozen to the Wildlife In Need Center.
W349 S1480 S. Waterville Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
phone # 262-965-3090. Or call me and I can do a pick up…. He is eating about 40 fish a day….. Thank you everyone. Your donation of fish is VERY much appreciated. Please feel free to share this post."
MOON PHASE (65%)
26° - 30° F
Below 40° F
Hey Guys! Met up with a few UWW friends at a small lake in the area a couple days ago. Weather was good, and we had a pretty big spread out. between me and my friends landed about 10 pike in 4 hours. Will be out again soon. Made a video of our day! Check it out, feel free to leave a comment/suggestion. Tight lines!
26° - 30° F
Below 40° F
Just got back from small Waukesha County lake and cleaned 5 bluegills. Caught about 10 total some were too small. Even the ones I kept (I call them "haters"--hate to throw them back and hate to keep them) were at the most 7 inches. 16 feet of water and they'd come up to 8 or 9 feet. One fish per hole and then I'd have to move. Very slow day to say the least.
I actually have been able to get a bite if I found the panfish. My problem is that they cannot be found in the normal areas on lakes that I know very well. There's very good weed growth due to the lack of snow and mild winter. Maybe that's why theres no fish out in the basin or the mid- range flats. But I have drilled many many holes in beautiful weed beds only to find small gills. Cant find where the big gills are, or where the crappie are during the day. Maybe they are stacked up in those open water, thin ice areas I can't get to!
I'm thinking it's a lack of snow cover. I've never done that well when it's just clear ice. Especially on those sunny days when our profile against the sky maybe is a little spooky for those under the ice. I seldom use a shelter when fishing because I like to move around but maybe those using shelters have more luck (or skill) than me. I'm going to try a small Waukesha County lake this morning (my days of getting out before dawn are past) so I'll see what happens today. The fish still have to eat, as one of my fishing buddies says.
Been a strange season of ice fishing so far. Both me and some others I talked to have had trouble finding fish in the usual areas. My experience so far in SE WI this winter: Fished 4 Waukesha Co. lakes, some multiple times. One lake I have fished over 100 times, two others I have fished over 50 times, the fourth, a dozen times. Fished areas that are usually full of panfish. Some areas had literally no fish, others a few undersize gills. Other than Dec. 8th, when I caught 45 gills, with 11 over 8 inch, my gill catch has been pathetic. Been catching a few big crappie in the evening in shallow weeds, but no big numbers. Can’t find them during the day, either by sonar or underwater camera. 6 days I drilled between 90 and 130 holes searching normally good spots. The only decent fishing for me has been pike on tip ups, have caught several over 30 inches.
Drilled holes from 7 ft to 32 ft , so have tried shallow weed beds (all small gills, a few big crappie) mid range flats ( one decent day and around 350 barren holes otherwise) and the whole water column over deep basins ( 250 mostly unproductive holes). Areas that were very good last year have virtually no fish. And these are lakes that get little pressure . I know they are somewhere. Anybody have any suggestions as what else to try?
MOON PHASE (45%)
26° - 30° F