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Worst...winter...ever

2/9/23 @ 8:09 AM
INITIAL POST
tzeilstra
User since 8/4/08
I think with the rainstorm this morning, we can safely say this has been the worst ice season ever. I mean really...it's brutally warm for all of December, gets cold for Christmas for 4 days, then gets brutally warm again for a solid month. Then gets cold again for 3 days, now it will be warm again for the rest of winter. Awful. Need to put this season out of my head ASAP!
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3/2/24 @ 11:28 AM
denesox
denesox
User since 2/1/06
you are right, they arent popular and so they arent fished for as much and dont get over harvested...hence their success....lots of southern reservoirs have lots of walleye, and some giants, too....

Like greers ferry lake which has produced walleye over 18lb.  Lake cumberland in KY has produced eyes over 21lb...bull shoals in MO has produced eyes over 20lb...old hickory lake in TN produced a state record 25lber...all of these lakes have produced larger fish than WI.

Lots of those highland reservoirs have perfect situations for them...rock, depth and lots and lots of baitfish.
3/2/24 @ 5:48 AM
Gillespie
User since 2/6/19
What "southern reservoirs" are walleye doing so well in?  I've fished Missouri's reservoirs for walleye. They are no where near the good walleye waters that Wisconsin currently even has.  Most southerners don't know how to catch walleye or what a "good" walleye fishery looks like.
3/1/24 @ 7:48 PM
denesox
denesox
User since 2/1/06
cat man...funny article.....maybe its the harvest...and/or the fact that many walleye lakes are stocked in lakes have no areas for walleye to reproduce is a bigger issue.

If walleye needed the cold winter, they need to explain why they thrive so well down in southern reservoirs instead of just ignoring that fact....lol.  ‚Äč
2/29/24 @ 2:06 PM
OneFineDay
User since 7/22/12
Good read.  Taking into consideration the new Walley regulations on all inland lakes which I greatly applaud, & which lower the daily limit by 40%, I’m wondering if the tribes are willing to lower their take by 40%?  We all could benefit greatly benefit from these two efforts correct?  Do we all want to protect our resources, and be part of the solution or continue to be part of the problem.  
2/29/24 @ 1:13 PM
2/28/24 @ 6:24 PM
n.pike
n.pike
User since 4/2/02
Just when things were looking better for next week. Saw a couple highs in the 30s and low around 20. Looked today and the temps had totally spiked. Where are the strong cold fronts?
2/28/24 @ 9:44 AM
Gill 1774
Gill 1774
PRO MEMBER User since 6/17/03
Worst winter ever I don’t think so. I’ll take the 74° yesterday over the 16° today anytime  
2/26/24 @ 9:42 AM
C-P-R-#1
User since 2/14/08
Fished a Sawyer county lake with family from Wednesday through Saturday.  Our lake had 9" of good ice, and never lost any ice all week / weekend.  Our best family outing for walleye fishing in the last 20years of getting together.
2/25/24 @ 5:17 PM
OneFineDay
User since 7/22/12
West central.  
2/25/24 @ 5:05 PM
Gillespie
User since 2/6/19
OFD, what part of the state are u talking?  Rhinelander / Tomahawk area hasn't lost any ice since Thursday. .  I'm sure it's coming though.
2/25/24 @ 3:57 PM
OneFineDay
User since 7/22/12
Ice went from 7” on Thursday to 5” this morning.  Came off the ice at 10:30 this morning & the ice was very very noisy. Considering the warm weather forecasted, I am in the process of charging up batteries, cleaning up, organizing everything & putting it all away for this year. Fun while it lasted but gotta accept it for what it is. Kinda sad. 
Worst...winter...ever photo by OneFineDay
Worst...winter...ever photo by OneFineDay
Worst...winter...ever photo by OneFineDay
2/25/24 @ 3:24 PM
n.pike
n.pike
User since 4/2/02
I cringe every time I look at the ten-day forecast. It just keeps getting worse and worse and worse and worse!
2/21/24 @ 10:21 PM
n.pike
n.pike
User since 4/2/02
I just know the lakes that I fish. And they all have really good ice right now. I’m sure there are very dangerous situations out there though. Current. Springs. Lakes that just don’t produce  good ice, etc.… gotta know what you’re doing with conditions like this.
2/21/24 @ 8:51 PM
Hunter&Hound
User since 7/24/01
The death in Price county had nothing to do with ice thickness.   Dude cut a carousel in the ice and then drove a utv across it.
2/21/24 @ 7:12 PM
frenchbrit
frenchbrit
User since 7/24/01
Reports are all over the place for ice depth. Local paper reported 4 ATV/UTV through  the ice in the last week or two. I death. Price County.
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