Where is the public access to mud lake?
It was iced over at least as early as yesterday morning and probably before that. I walked out from the public access by the marsh to check things out and there was at least 3 inches of ice extending out to about 75-100 yards and another freeze line that looked like it may have been thinner. However I did not walk out to the other freeze line to check it out!
MOON PHASE (60%)
71° - 75° F
Been hitting Upper Mudd lake for about a month and half only on weekends. Lots of northern pike on spro frog's few weeks ago. Lots of largemouth too. Now seems the frogs have stopped working. Went to spinner baits three weeks ago and started slaying the LMB and NP. Now it seems the SB's have slowed and moved onto crawdads on weighted hooks in the wood. Got an 18.25" LMB just outside Babcock on Waubesa two weekends ago and this past weekend a 19" SMALLIE near "gilligans island" Got pics of both and also got a 28" Northern that something much bigger tried eating. Had a large mouth pattern on it with deep lacerations on it that were pretty fresh. Figure what tried eating it to be in the 40"+ range easily by the size of the mouth pattern on it. Lakes are great to fish right now due to the high water and Slow NO Wake on the entire chain. Few people just are not paying attention to the signs and think middle of lake they can go full throttle. Well, they're finding out with their wallets thats a no, no. Good luck and CPR what you can. Catchem when their bigger.
Pic of the 18.25" LMB.
Slow day at work. Must chime in. If you want some good info on how many fish are kept/species you need to look at the creel survey from 2006-2007. Those results can be found in the 2008 Wisconsin Fishing Report published by the WDNR.It's on page 3 of 16. This is not an alternative fact.
57,728,758 pan fish caught and 25,732,346 kept for the year. 45% were kept.
Now let's visit ice fishing numbers. 14,500,000 fish caught 6,500,000 kept. These are totals. Must do some math. 45% of 6.5 million is 2,925,000 million pannies eaten, freezer burned, or thrown out by ice fisherman. I'm generalizing because ice fishing totals aren't broken down by specie.
I'm no math expert but my math tells me that ice fisherman keep 11.3% of all pan fish. Which would then point to open water fisherman being the culprit. They gave a number for hours fished which is 15.2 million for ice fisherman but there is no hour figure for open water. Ice fisherman are more efficient I'm guessing.
I blame it on people who keep fish everyday for the neighborhood, people who have no clue that it's against the law to fill your freezer with more than fifty fish and bed fisherman. Rat.