Any good ice yet?
stoughton ditches, Dane County
The ditches are usually the first place to freeze and the last place to thaw.Last march early april i was ice fishing in shorts and t-shirts.This year the water is a bit higher than normal allowing the bigger bass and northerns to move farther up the channel.Do not sit on one hole to long,drill a bunch of holes and hole hop for best results.My dad is disabled and this is his preferred place to fish.Easy on,easy off,good parking and not that much of a walk.
Two guys were fishing it at 2 pm yesterday. They were putting tipups in the bay right next to what looked like fresh ice. The white ice looked solid but in the ditch itself there was about half white ice (the older ice) and half clear ice (looks like newer ice). I'm just over 300 pounds and last year I walked out here on 2 inches. Ice was cracking as I walked very slowly to try and keep the waves down under the ice but it did hold me up. If it was any deeper than it is in there I'd never go out on that thick of ice! I may give it a try in the morning tomorrow.
I have been fishing the ditches almost daily since Thanksgiving.There is always open water near the river and right in front of the culvert.Checked the ice yesterday and it was ok for me to walk on.Most places had 3-4 inches of ice,some places more,some less.My dad has fished this place going on 50 years and has no problem going out on 2+ inches and he weighs 250 lbs.Hell the water is only 3-4 feet deep.I weigh 300lbs and felt very safe on the ice.
I drove by there last Tuesday the 20th and saw one person fishing on ice. I didn't have a spud bar or even any fishing tackle since I was just driving by... I didn't dare even try walking on myself. There was still open waters on the culvert side next to parking lot and near the opening at the river. However, I haven't been by since and this past weekend had warmer weather and drizzling rain and I don't know if the ice have broken up or not.