Are you done for the season?
Good job for You and your Son N. PIKE. Nice pictures
Just incredible! I never thought ice season would last this long. Not even close.
Got out today AGAIN!
Ok, no secret, I started at Big Arbor Vitae. The ice there was really good. No reason to measure it, but if I had to guess I'd say at least 10 inches and more likely 11 or 12. In a shallower area on this lake, closer to 14 (estimated 14 yesterday). We Fished a really popular spot, but only 1 fish. Then, my friend texts me and says he has fishable ice on a small to medium lake that he likes to fish about 35 minutes from Big Arb. He says the bite is on! So, my son and I hop over there and fish the last hour and 40 minutes or so.
The bite was on! Nothing huge, but some nice fish and plenty of action. Between all 5 of us, a few nice crappies, plenty of bluegills/sunfish etc..., one big perch, a couple of break offs. A bass. A pike. It was pretty easy to catch fish and it was shallow water so no need for any electronics. Just drop and fish. If no bites. Move. Awesome way to end the year! Probably 10 inches of ice on this lake. Funny thing, the ice actually seems more solid now than a week ago. It has been cold....one interesting thing I noticed is that some open water areas heading into/out of this lake were frozen. Without a doubt, if someone wanted to still get out, there is still time. But, I'm done. YES. I'm done.
I was thinking to myself today, that I've fished in much worse late ice situations in southern Wi with plenty of other guys out there too. Up here, guys seems to quit before the really late ice....or they are just more spread out with all the lakes we have. In Southern Wisconsin, guys would often ice fish until the very end. Ladders. Johnboats out to the ice. Waders etc....Just don't see that as often up here.
Got out today and couldn't believe how much ice I found. Was on a lake known for it's late ice. 14 inches. Very solid. Fishing was poor. And cold. Windy. Where did all the snow on the lake go? It was weird, completely not there. Easy to walk on. No slush. No snow. Kind of slippery.
Been below freezing since Easter morning. Down to 1 degree last night. Might have made some ice! The snow in the yard certainly hasn't budged much!!
Warm up starting tomorrow though...
But, I love ice fishing, and YES, I got out again yesterday in the Conover area. My parents own a place on a small lake. The "good" Ice was only about 5 inches. Then some bad stuff on top of that. So, we were VERY careful and didn't get to our spot we wanted to, but that's ok. Still got to fish for a while. Fishing not very good, but oh well.
I am going to try one more spot next week if possible. The last ice spot up here that I know of! Going to be cold after this storm tomorrow, so things might hold on for a bit on this lake.... We Will be in very shallow water and use common sense, but I think we'll be ok if we can hit it.
N. Pike, you're killing us here in Central Wisconsin again. But great to at least hear of your "semi final" final, successes and good times. Thanks for the updates.