I’m in Vilas, and while I haven’t been out the last couple weeks, I’m not too concerned about the slush. After the last couple years, with a couple feet of snow on the ice, that was real slush. Can’t imagine it being much of an issue with just few inches out there right now. I could be wrong, but I’m not really concerned up here.
I am curious about Southern Wisconsin Lakes. Just a couple inches of ice, then all that snow. Followed by a warm-up coming. That could get crazy.
I feel like I'm on a facebook forum with people getting upset about little details and arguing over ice conditions Was simply wondering where Hunter&Hound was referencing there being slush. After last season, that word is a little traumatizing.
I fish polk county, that's north of 94. I fish chippewa and rusk county, that's north of 29. I appreciate the explanation of the pathway of 94, haven't been back down to MKE or Madison since I graduated college but traveled it more than I wish I had. But, 29 actually goes slightly NE from Elk Mound to Wausau, if we're getting nit picky
Anyways, my point was that ATVs are good to go on any lakes with enough ice to support them, which includes 90% of lakes north of 'western 70 miles of 94' and 29, the amount of slush we do have shouldn't be a problem and no major snow storms in the future.
Sure glad we got that all cleared up! Tight lines folks.
First off I'm not a southerner. Secondly you are correct that 29 & 94 intersect at Elk Mound. However, going east from Elk Mound 29 goes straight east to Wausau then slightly SE to Green Bay. 94 on the other hand heads more south east directly from Elk Mound through Tomah then Madison then east to Milwaukee. Wausau and Madison are 120ish miles apart and so are Green Bay and Milwaukee. There's a huge difference in the amount of ice on the lakes and the amount of snow/slush on the ice in that 120 miles.
29 and 94 intersect in Elk Mound where 94 shoots straight west to the cities. 29 and 94 essentially make a straight line east and west across the state. Sorry for the confusion for you southerners. Virtually no snow and excellent ice on the lakes I'm heading to in Sawyer county this weekend! Heard Grindstone and LCO still had some open water recently. I don't spend much time on those big lakes, too good of fishing on the small lakes everyone overlooks.
Got out on a lake 5 minutes from the house. Anywhere from 2.5" to 6". No marks. No bites. I didn't care because I was walking on the hard stuff!! Hoping this arctic blast makes enough to carry us through the warm stuff coming. Get out there if you can. I will fish Wednesday and Thursday somewhere.
Going to go check lakes on Wednesday. If I find anything safe I'll blow the cobwebs and dust off of the ice fishing gear that has sat absolutely ready to go since Thanksgiving. Ahem. Gotta love SE Wisco.