Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County
MOON PHASE (5%)
As for the lake trout, you are correct that those lakes that have lakers in them are closed until the May opener. There are however and couple of lakes that are open as put and take lakes. These lakes are sometimes stocked with breeder lake trout that may be open for fishing and perhaps the fish caught might be keepable, but you would have to investigate that further... maybe JVR can chime in on that if he sees this conversation.
As for transportation on the lakes right now... it really depends on what you have for a vehicle... I was stuck off the sled trail with my truck on Sat., but now those trails could be soft enough to allow a truck to sink into them... chains would probably be helpful with either wheeled option, although we ferried peeps in by wheeler on Sat. on a different lake.
As icebelt said, be prepared for slush or deep snow... you may never find it, but if you are not prepared to get yourself out, you'll be in for a lot of work, frustration and less fishing for the day!!!
MOON PHASE (14%)
MOON PHASE (21%)
I saw someone post here that they were fishing lake trout on 2/1 in Vilas Co. This is a bite that I always wanted to try but I thought the trout season for most Vilas co. lakes was may 6th - sep 30th. I very well could just be reading the regs wrong? If I'm, could someone help me out with what the open season is? Any help is always appreciated.
MOON PHASE (30%)
Spring is definitely in the air. Temps over the weekend didn't even hit high numbers but the mix of sun and clouds sure felt nice. Chased around crappies and gills over mud. Had best success in 15-20fow. Morning bite was by far the most productive. Midday was flat out tough. Action picked back up in the evening. Crappies were mostly 13" cookie cutters and gills were 8-9.5". All fish released.
Conditions on the ice are great for snowmobiles. Atv and vehicle travel could be tough to awful in some areas off of the beaten path. I did hit some slushy patches with my snowmobile, especially around areas that had previously drilled holes.
Good luck out there! Let's hope the ice doesn't stick around too long...
MOON PHASE (30%)
Found perfect ice conditions with very little slush on 2 Conover area lakes. Fished with tip downs and rosies for perch. Caught 3 crappie on a lake Friday for a couple hours fishing and 5 nice perch and a few incidental pike catches saturday. Wife and daughter had a blast on Saturday with the beautiful weather. Ice was up to the auger handles. I plan on fishing again in 2 weeks and hope I get as nice of weather. And yes all pike were quickly CPR'd.
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Another successful game fish season has come and gone. Many, many reports of quality fishing have been posted all over social media this past season for Northern Wisconsin. A 2017 May pic is viewed below.
Also, the Pan Fish reports are continuing to come in as well. Many locations are reporting fantastic catches of Crappie and Blue Gill all winter long. Not just close to my residence but all over northern Wisconsin. My June and July bookings are now full for the summer season of 2018, I do have openings in May of 2018.