Was out yesterday for most of the afternoon. 8" or so of ice for as far as I walked but it looked like there might be some soft spots farther out.Drilled about 20 holes and didn't land a single fish. Had some occasional followers on the flasher but nothing would commit. Tried live bait and plastics and a bunch of different colors. I wasn't really close to anyone else but the fact that people were packing up mid-day seems to suggest that the fish were tight lipped all over.
Fished for 3 hours, didnt venture out too far because of what I felt like was sketchy ice. One bite, ended up being a 5 inch perch. wasnt many guys out and no one was having any kind of action that I saw.
Thanks for the input. Added both of you for messenger. Hoping to get out with another person around tomorrow.
26° - 30° F
Fished off Sandy yesterday afternoon, no gills marked on the vex. Caught a few dink perch. Wanted to try Elm point, but being alone didn't want to chance it. Stay topside if you go, personally I think Rock lake ice is iffy at best.
FishingDad- checked off elm point today and it was not safe. Two hits with a spud bar and water was seeping through. As you go off to the point ice goes from 3.5” to less very quick. Be safe if you do head out and if you need another message me!
Going to try off elm point tomorrow. Let me know if you are interested as it wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone else around during the trail blazing phase. Probably getting out around 930 and staying for the day. Pm me if you want to join in.
Got out yesterday afternoon for a bit. Was hoping to get off at Elm Point but no one else was out and didn't want to risk it so I popped around the northeast corner with the other small group. As mentioned earlier, don't get crazy searching around the lake yet, ice was a surprising 8" by the main group and 50-100 yards further toward the main like I was on 2 maybe 3".
Not really anyone catching anything, I got a handfull of gills and a couple perch. Everything on the small side and hardly any fish around the area. Didn't see any flags, not sure where they are hiding. Considering going off Elm Point on Thursday.
You dont have to pay to park and go at sandy. It may have mention of it somewhere but trust me. There isn't even a spot to put money if you wanted. Dont worry about it. As for ice off sandy you will see plenty of other fishermen. We walked about 100 yards from the pack and found 4 - 6 inches of ice as far as we cared to pull the sled. No fish caught. Moved a lot. No marks. No fish on cameras. Fished from 6 to 10 FOW
Has anyone checked the south end of the lake off of sandy beach for ice depth recently?
I looked up Sandy Beach, and it appears you do need to pay to access in the winter. There is no mention of exclusion dates for the fee.