Big Arb is open. Went by there this morning.
Vilas County Lakes, Vilas County
MOON PHASE (44%)
76° - 80° F
61° - 65° F
(“NO FISH NO PAY, GUARANTEED”)
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Crappie shallow, in warm water. Yesterday. 5-7-18
Fishing a small tributary lake connected to a larger lake is where these fish came from. In fact they were right on the shoreline in 1 – 1/2 ft to 3 ft of water and the water temp was 62 degrees. Yes, there are several lakes like this right now producing shallow Crappie even though some bigger lakes are still ice covered.
This small 100 acre lake in particular has water running thru both ends of the lake and has a maximum depth of 18 ft. We actually left the small lake and went back into the larger lake to clean a few fish due to the fact the small lake had no wind due to its size and it was just to hot and we were over dressed.
Yesterday was a sunny warm day as the last 2 weeks have been but, that is over. Our fish all came on minnows, light hooks and light line. The clouds have rolled in and the wind is from the north west and the temps are rapidly dropping. We are forecast for rain from now and tomorrow.
Friday’s high temp that is as of now forecast, is to be 54, as now forecast.
As always, stay positive, think clearly and do not listen to negative talk and do not listen to negative people.
I saw a pic from a friend who is on the west side of Fence with open water in front of their place. With yesterday's south wind, it would make sense that the ice is on the north end depending how much is left. I heard from a report on Kurt's FB page that Flambeau is open, which would make sense that the other lakes in between would be as well. But my eyes can't tell you other than what I have seen by picture or heard.
Is the launch to Fence Lake from Thorofare Rd clear enough to launch a boat/traverse the chain? I would assume after the extended warmth and the wind over the next couple of days the entire lake should clear, but this year has clearly been an anomaly...
MOON PHASE (44%)
66° - 70° F
46° - 50° F
Just got back from Land O Lakes. Got up friday afternoon and found Palmer's landing wide open, but ice covering 75%, Big Lake of the Cisco Chain was 90% covered. Drank and did honey-doos on Friday and Saturday. By saturday afternoon, guys were breaking ice on Palmer to get up to Tenderfoot. Spoke to a couple of guys at the landing who reported Walleyes were on the spawn up there. Launched the boat Sunday morning, Temps on Palmer were 50. I'm not big on hassling eyes on the spawn, so I stayed down on Palmer. Found Perch were just beginning to spawn, some leaking eggs, some were packed full, tossed everything back. Hit my normal eye spots, but things were slow.
Managed to get my pier in on Monday, can't believe the difference just 24 hrs made up there.