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3/30/18 @ 9:40 AM
barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

last floating mass of ice left yesterday, so I was told. Just returned from ND, havnt had time to look yet myself.

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2/28/18 @ 9:15 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waxing Gibbous

Level rise due to Fox River high flow. Remember, that is relatively warm water that will be floating under ice, weakening it from underside while warm sun eating the top. Open along shore, need 20ft plank to reach semi-solid ice. 100ft out in waist deep (not going deeper without floatation and 2x4 strapped on) I drilled through only 9" crumbly crap where a week ago was driving suv on 18" hard, clear, ice. Nothing in forecast but, more thawing. Been great ice this winter, best in over 3 decades. It's shot for now. 

Edited on 2/28/18 9:18 PM
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2/21/18 @ 11:47 AM
barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

Hmmm? No rise in lake level yet,,,after rain, snowmelt, ditches and creeks rushing, ponds of water all over countryside? Has to be a lot of water coming down Fox R to P-ville. Usually 3 days to peak at Swan but,  You would think dam operators get a head start on letting water out of Park Lake so as not to do an "emergency dump" like last year when same conditions. Don't wait till its nearly up on hwy22 downtown then flush it to Swan all at once please.

Wheeled my shack off, high and dry before needing a bridge to get off ice sheet...

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2/19/18 @ 10:55 AM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

Sunday, perch bite dies out late morning so, probly should get out early next time. Or, be mobile to chase wandering schools. Some tried but, wind was miserable for detecting bites if not in shelter. Many tippups spread over promising area with not a one going up. Gave up on the bluegills. Screens full of active fish chasing baits over several all day outings with only an occasional gill to confirm what they are, which is mostly small. 

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2/7/18 @ 8:47 AM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Night Time

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

Measured 16" ice over 40fow last evening.. Thats all we did as cats not interested at all. Same as last couple tries. Mark some fish but not sure what? Not seeing the schools if baitfish we did when catching cats earlier. Time to search,,,or wait? Action often picks up 2nd week of Feb. No time to fish here for a week though.

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2/6/18 @ 10:34 AM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (59%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Snowing

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

Enjoyed the hot bluegill bite for 4 days. Only kept couple meals due to deep water so, some smaller fish can't recover, add few nice ones to bucket to make it worth getting knife dirty. Finaly decided to intentionaly keep a meal of nicer fish yesterday with partner. That jinxed it. 1-8" gill in bucket right away then only a few toosmalls that swam back down. Slowest day of year soo far.

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2/4/18 @ 10:50 AM
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BlackProV
BlackProV
USER since 7/5/08

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Snowing

ICE DEPTH
15 inches

Drove my 3/4 ton CHEVY on the ice with no issues yesterday. 

Fished from 8:00AM until about 1:00PM.  Two of us caught about a dozen mixed bag panfish in about 20 fow. Pretty slow. 

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2/3/18 @ 6:15 AM
Redneck_608
Redneck_608
USER since 1/21/18

I drove my Ford Raptor out there with no issue. Just be careful and have some common sense. Ford all the way!!!! Anything else is a piece of u know 

Edited on 2/3/18 6:16 AM
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2/2/18 @ 10:49 PM
chuevang
chuevang
USER since 3/31/09

Anybody driving full size trucks out there?

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2/1/18 @ 7:27 PM
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barefoot
barefoot
MEMBER since 8/24/01

MOON PHASE (98%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
14 inches

AIR TEMP
6° - 10° F

Short try just to see. ?  Yup, still there. Not as thick or agressive but, enough schools drifting by to pluck one here and there if had more time.

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