Are you done for the season?
No way! Some of the best is yet to come! We still have very fishable ice up here and the forecast looks decent to hold on for a while yet at least. Very little sunshine. Don't see any major rain. And, highs are in the 30s and low to mid 40s, with lows often from 17-25 degrees. Hoping to fish through March, but it won't be as long as usual. Usually mid to late April up here!
I was done with the slush fest up north but now it firmed up. I was up two weekends ago and the lake was like a salt flat. Easy walking. I burned some carbon outta the sled ripping about. Anywho, the crappies were cooperative and I hope to be back up at least one more weekend to set out a bunch of tip downs and enjoy the warm weather with fam and beer.
was out on bago thur fri sat. sunday put all my stuff away charged all batteries and disconnected. and vacuumed wood shavings from spikes and waxies out of back seat of truck. season was too short but good.
Never got my gear out this year so “yes”!
Madison area is done for the year. We never got more than about a foot of ice this year. Where I fished on Saturday there was still 8 inches of ice but the north shore was not accessible, south shoreline still had some snow on it. Top four inches of ice cut thru even without pushing the button on my drill, then under that was the 8 inches of "good" ice. Any old holes from almost all season opened right up just by stepping on them, so I had to watch where I was going! Last year March 26th was my last day on the ice in Madison, this year March 7th, almost 3 weeks earlier! We had 3 first ice seasons this year - One in November (the earliest I've EVER ice fished!), one in December I thought for sure would last, then AGAIN in January!
I doubt I'll have any time to head north, but I'm sure they still have a few weeks left. There's only one season I can remember when the ice was out before the first of April in Vilas County - 2012. That year we hit 80 degrees on St. Patrick's Day!
Minimal ice will be lost this week in NW WI, i'm predicting 2-3 weeks left. Shorelines are still solid and overcast most of this week will keep things at bay.
The landing at the local lake where we icefish was pretty torn up last week but we were going to check it out this morning before the rain comes. About a mile from the landing we see a big bolt of lighting so we turned around. Maybe it would have been alright. The forecast is for 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain. The 19/20 ice fishing season is done for me. Anyone still hoping to get out?