Are you done for the season?
Nice job Walter! Clueless-glad you got out again!
I got out again today. 9-10 inches of ice. Very soupy on top! Good fishing, but only 1 crappie and everything else bluegill, pumpkinseed, sunfish.... I’m not sure the difference between the three of those I just listed so I call em all bluegills. Lol!
I’ve now had 3 “ last ice” outings. I just can’t seem to quit!
I'm done. Fished a Vilas lake yesterday. Used a board to get on solid ice. Caught a couple nice crappie. 13" ice. Tried a second lake and had 11". That lake was tough walking in the slush and only small perch to show for it. Today I took a drive to look at other lakes. Came home and put my gear away.
Sounds like you guys really ended the season well. Congratulations. Never thought last time I was up there would be the seasons end for me. Out on the Wolf yesterday and had our limit of water eyes.
Couldn't pass up the opportunity last night to go with a friend to a Vilas Co. lake "panfishing". 11 inches of ice.
I never panfish. Tip ups only. Well, I try to panfish from time to time, but I'm kind of clueless on how to get a bite. If panfishing was as easy as it was yesterday, I'd do it all the time!! Only out 1 hour and 30 minutes. Bluegills, crappies, rock bass, LMB, pike, and pumpkinseeds were caught by us. It was truly a case of you wouldn't know what was coming up the hole. Really fun. Very shallow water too.... Cool to see the pike on small stuff. Small pike, but they sure put a bend on the rod!
I hope to get out again. Yesterday I was on a Vilas county lake and had a solid 13". Shore was getting bad. Caught a decent amount of crappie and missed as many as I landed. 50's and sun til midweek might put an end my season.
I think I'm done! What a year. Started on November 10th! Ended on April 3rd.
Took a long period off in Jan/Feb for youth sports. Lots of great memories and fishing trips. And, Ifish and Waltereye, today was not a good day. LOL. They were not biting. I thought it would be great before the rain/snow came in. Nope.
Ice was 15 inches, but very easy to drill through. Something definitely changed in the past couple of days in Vilas. This is the time it can go very fast. Be safe out there if you still get out. Might have a couple of days yet if you know what you are doing and are on the right lake.
Sounds like you had quite the season! I think you can be satisfied with getting out 42 times. Glad you had a chance And sounds like you found some good new water. That’s what it’s all about.
Mentally I'm not quite ready to give it up, but my body says otherwise. Didn't even have the drive to get out last weekend so I think I'm calling it quits. It was a heck of a grind this year.
Had the opportunity to fish a total of 16 new lakes between WI and MN, 42 days on the ice, 2000+ holes dug, too many hours to keep track of, weekly fish fries and a whole lot of memories. Biggest crappie 14.5", biggest gill 9.75", biggest perch 13.25". No PBs but a great overall season of good numbers and found some new high quality lakes that I look forward to trying out this spring.
Time to catch up on house projects, till next year! Tight lines fellas.
I am not the only one still ice fishing....just seems that way. Anyways, quite a few guys on Big Arb today. I got out to my spring spot in Vilas Co. and the ice was great today! 18 inches. Where I used to live in Southern Wi, that would be a LOT of ice. Ice was in really good shape today. The layers that I thought would make it deteriorate quickly this year have held up so far. I did notice the shorelines getting soft on the north side. Next week will be real bad for the ice, but still some time left before things get rotten... Every lake is different. Some are still in good shape! Can't speak for others....Fishing was good again. Love this time of year!
Got out again today. Beautiful day. 18 inches of ice on the lake I was at. Ice still was relatively strong. Have a little time yet to still ice fish in Vilas County... Fishing wasn't as good as Tuesday, but still got some nice fish and it was a great mental activity right now.