People out fishing the bay and both triangles. A few on the main lake. I drove by around noon. Rat.
MOON PHASE (41%)
56° - 60° F
Walked off the beach at 2 PM yesterday. Tried close to shore for an hour little luck. Found some nicer gills out in the middle and left at 5PM with 14. Most of the larger ones were two foot or higher off bottom. Ice was fine going out, but more eroded and shaky when I got back to the beach. Probably my last time out, unless we get a good cold snap.
46° - 50° F
just got back from my first trip ever to the triangle. Got there around 11:30, someone (6:00 news??) was doing a video near the north shore landing. Tried by the gaggle of hundred's of guys on the north part of the bay. Checked my hand held GPS and saw there is a 12' hole on the south side and it looked like no one was there so I headed across the bay to the south. drilled a ton of holes and only iced a few small gills and some shad (shinners). Looked for the weed edge but no better, noticed water splashing up in the holes as I walked. ONLY around 3" of ice and honeycombed..... Headed back to the north around 2:00.. just northeast of the 12' hole the ICE IS FAILING. Thought I was going thru, had a 15 or 20' circle of ice sagging as I walked. Was going to stop to get my spikes out of the rod bag but did not want to stop walking.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Do not go over there, not sure if there is a current there or what but that ice is bad bad... keep an eye out for your fellow sportsmen.. most guys had moved out so I stopped on the north side and got a nice mess of gills, lots of sorting. Very small chartreuse marmooska and red spikes. nanook out
MOON PHASE (60%)
Darn tough bite out there today! Usual mark tons of fish on the Vexilar, nothing would bite for me. Put the camera down, fish everywhere! Moved to Cherokee, same thing, finecky fish! Lot's of little ones, that's good to see. I kept 10 today and really had to work for those. Really melting out there, be safe, I may be done for the year?
Yes, hitting the Madison lakes for one last time in the morning, hope to find some somewhat safe ice? Will hit Lake Farm, Cherokee, Monona Bay (last resort). Late ice can be hot! Those Monona Bay gills can turn on at late ice, some big ones in there! Watch out for the open water, warm water outlet will melt that ice darn quick, be carefull out there!