Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County

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TODAY @ 9:01 AM
Walleye whisperer one
Walleye whisperer one
USER since 4/11/16

Hey guys if you want to find ice put in the time and you will find it    3 inches here  good luck to all 

Edited on 11/23/17 9:06 AM
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TODAY @ 7:48 AM
Rob Manthei
Rob Manthei
USER since 5/26/10

you won't find much that is worth a darn.  Wind opened lots of water the past couple of days.....some back bays of the flowage perhaps....


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TODAY @ 7:27 AM
BradyZ
BradyZ
MEMBER since 4/6/17

Where can i find fishable ice that holds walleyes today? Driving over from Ashlandand dont wanna spendthe day trying to find ice. Someone point me in the right direction please. You can pm me if you would like. THANK YOU and Happy Thanksgiving!

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11/21/17 @ 10:01 AM
FISHING REPORT
Kurt Justice
Kurts Island Sports
USER since 5/12/04

MOON PHASE (10%)
Waxing Crescent
While most outdoorsmen ( and women) focus is on deer season (pretty quiet out there), Mother Nature has been toying with the ice anglers for the past two weeks. Just enough ice forms on some bays and small lakes to lure anglers out, then one day in the 40’s or strong winds blow it all out. A few areas have held enough ice for anglers to safely fish (3-4”) and the results have been good. But caution is necessary. Make sure to take safety spikes, creepers and rope if you go.
Walleye: Very Good – Where anglers finding 3-4” of ice over 5-7’ of water good #’s of eaters (15-19”) at dusk on suckers, chubs and mud minnows.
Yellow Perch: Good-Very Good – Similar areas as Walleye, but more daytime action on Crappie minnows, medium fatheads or grubs. Nice eaters of 8-10” reported.
Norther Pike: Good-Very Good – Not as many good Pike areas safe, but where ice runs thick enough for tip-ups, Pike taking big chubs, suckers and shiners.
Musky: Fair – Season runs through November 30th, few reports, boat landings a bit icy, bring some sand and choose shallow sloping landings.
Lakes trying to freeze, but as mentioned, one warm afternoon or a day of high winds making it tough.
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11/20/17 @ 8:39 PM
lilman119
lilman119
USER since 6/10/02

This is also NOT a fishing report, but I'd like to echo the sentiments of others before me regarding John Andrew - wonderful, wonderful steward of the outdoors and an absolute master of fishing. We are blessed with a wealth of knowledge from him and the other guides on here (Kurt Justice, i.e.). John is the only one I've had the pleasure of fishing with multiple times, and I look forward to being in the same boat as him again soon!

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11/16/17 @ 9:00 AM
CrappieCaptain
CrappieCaptain
USER since 12/30/15

Saw a few posts mentioning John Andrew and had to chime in - he is a master of his craft.  We had a chance to fish with him this past spring and his level of knowledge for walleye fishing is unreal. Great guy with a legitimate passion for putting people on fish.

Will definitely being booking another trip with him next year and I would highly recommend.



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11/15/17 @ 7:22 PM
John Andrew
John Andrew
USER since 8/10/09

Good job Sharon, keep sending all info thru the mail.         I have not gone back for Musky but we are still doing well on Walleye. No big ones but good #rs as past posts show.  Trout, Fence, White Sand, P.I., Crab and a couple more are working, if you can take the cold wind chill.    About 38 to 42 degrees water temp.  Depending which lake.     The last 3 days were actually ok but, a cold windy and snowy  weekend is rolling back in.    Glad I have a lot of extra insulation this time of year.   Snowing now. Setting a few tip ups along my shore line tomorrow.       Ahh winter, beautiful time of year.    

God Bless

John Andrew     



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11/14/17 @ 7:07 PM
FISHING REPORT
nWild16921
nWild16921
USER since 6/8/12

MOON PHASE (13%)
Waning Crescent

Thanks for the info fellas, and I'm sorry to hear that others had similar lack of success.  I have used the "small sucker" technique in the past, works extremely well on Pewaukee Lake, but when I drive 4 hours North, I am looking for my best chance of a larger fish.

I may give it one last shot this weekend if the temps hold. Black F150 and all back Recon with black/silver G2.  Always willing to share info. 

Here are a few tigers from last fall.

Good luck out there. 



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11/14/17 @ 5:28 PM
n.pike
n.pike
USER since 4/2/02

That's a good point about muskies probably getting scraped up a bit coming through the hole. But, with a 10 inch hole, if people are super careful, and let the fish come up when it's ready, I could see a good release happening. But, if it's horsed through and a small hole, and not the right tools to get the hook out etc....that would be very bad for the fish indeed.

Frankly, I'm surprised there aren't more people that try to muskie fish through the ice. Yes, season does close end of Nov. but most years up here there seems to be a small window on some of the lakes with safe ice where it would be doable. I don't muskie fish. Just not my thing. But, I wonder if part of muskie fishing is just being in the boat, casting, moving around etc....catching one through the ice might not be the same thrill for muskie anglers? I don't know...I don't muskie fish, but just a hunch. 

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11/14/17 @ 3:20 PM
PorterDean
PorterDean
USER since 5/21/13
Just as a follow to an earlier post on fishing musky their the ice, the season closes at the end of Nov. one can only imagine the fight to get a fish thru the hole and release without injury 

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