Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County

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1/29/18 @ 5:42 PM
rico13gt
rico13gt
USER since 1/16/16

Anyone been out on Razorback lately? Looking to head up there Friday. Wondering if truck or atv is best for travel. Those are my options. Thanks

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1/29/18 @ 4:36 PM
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Walleye Musky Man
Walleye Musky Man
USER since 4/29/13

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

ICE DEPTH
16 inches

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F

Was out with the family for a few hours Sat afternoon on a Vilas County medium sized lake that is quite clear.  Ice was 16"+ and we traveled out by snowmobile.  Slush was present in varrying amounts off of the beaten path.  Set out a good spread of tipups in about 10-20' of water off of a mid-lake point.  Good sandgrass and chara below in the deeper spots. 

Ran shiners and fatheads for bait and picked up lots of small pike and some 15-17" eyes all of which were released.  Good number of drops and missed hooksets as well and it was nice to see the fish so active. 

Kids had fun chasing flags and are excited to go out again!

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1/28/18 @ 7:56 PM
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barker_ryan
barker_ryan
USER since 1/31/14

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Waxing Gibbous

Got to experience a little bit of everything this weekend. Started out chasing crappie over mud and managed some quality fish, most over 13". Also targeted walleye, focusing on low numbers but high quality. Biggest walleye of the weekend was a nice one over the slot jigging. All fish released. 

As far as ice conditions, we really can't complain. Good ice thicknesses, and snow cover that is still manageable to get around in. Snowmobile travel is by far the best in my opinion. Some slushy areas so use caution. Also avoid areas with current or springs.

Cold weather dead ahead. Good luck out there!

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Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County Photo
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1/28/18 @ 1:30 PM
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jkb
jkb
USER since 6/25/02

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waxing Gibbous

Places that have not been tracked have some slush under 6 inches of snow.  That is not consistent though.  Some areas have more slush and some areas have none.  If you stay on the packed roads you should be fine.  It will probably firm up by the weekend with the cold coming back.

Edited on 1/28/18 7:08 PM
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1/28/18 @ 11:46 AM
Duckman2086
Duckman2086
USER since 1/30/13
Hey guys, lets put the bickering aside, can we? Anyway ill be coming up friday til tuesday with a buddy. Initially we were going to camp right out on the ice, but my concern is slush and travel now. Any real updates on travel conditions on the ice would be appreciated. I only have a an atv, since thats how we travel for the most part on the bay. We will probably be sticking to the bigger well traveled lakes now with the snowfall that vilas county got. Message me or post on the thread. Thanks and happy fishing

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1/28/18 @ 7:26 AM
Landin' Lunkers
Landin' Lunkers
USER since 6/4/12

I've never been on this thread, and I'm going to enter it hopefully not as a target. I live in the Milwaukee area and a friend invited me up to his cabin with a few other guys. I am going to come up on Friday and we'e gonna fish as a group Saturday .

I always hear of these lakes loaded with fish. I will be traveling on foot, have a vex and such.

Is there any lakes around the Presque isle area I could walk out on to get to some big perch or eyes? I know it sounds cliche to even ask. I would just like either for pictures. We'e being guided on van vilet Saturday so I'll keep a few from there instead seeing it's huge. 

I'm not trying to piss anyone off. You can p.m. me about it. And if you ever get down by Milwaukee hit me up and I'll take you out on the boat.

Thanks

Mike

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1/27/18 @ 11:33 AM
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UNIPACKER
UNIPACKER
USER since 1/27/18

MOON PHASE (80%)
Waxing Gibbous

REWARD /// LOST GREEN BUCKET ON PRESQUE ISLE / VAN VLIET EARLY FRIDAY NIGHT, 1/26.

I have 3 tip-ups and other assorted gear worth over $200 bucks on lake somewhere as bucket fell off sled Friday night. This was between N. end of P.I. and South end of Van Vliet.

Anyone find it...REWARD.  My fishing lisence is in small tackle box in bucket as well.

Please message me.

UNIPACKER

847 507 5740



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1/26/18 @ 5:03 PM
wallywood
wallywood
USER since 1/1/02

Wow Trash guy Crappies and Perch up to 14'' those are trophy size.

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1/26/18 @ 4:54 PM
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Trashguy
Trashguy
USER since 12/16/11

MOON PHASE (70%)
Waxing Gibbous

Spent last weekend up in Vilas County. I don't get out enough to justify purchasing a license, so the free fishing weekend is perfect for me and my family. Fishing. Was. FIRE! Caught mostly crappie in the 11"-14" range with a few 14" perch mixed in. After taking a bit to find the school on Saturday, we kept 20 for a nice fish fry for this family of five back at the cabin. We got out early and hit her hard on Sunday and had a BLAST! Even my six year old caught a few herself. Fished until mid afternoon before filling out limits for everyone in the family. Definitely will be back!

On a side note: We caught quite a few of what I think were shiners. I've caught them before, years ago back home, but they were only 6"-8" and these were 14" or so. Left a few of those garbage fish on the ice for the eagles- they're no good for eating anyhow. 

Tight Lines, Y'all!



Edited on 1/26/18 5:08 PM
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1/26/18 @ 3:36 PM
soldierboy
soldierboy
USER since 9/12/14

Tried fishing yesterday on Big Portage.  There was two feet of slush and water pouring out of my holes.  Not very pleasant. Weight of new snow creating over-pressure.  

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