Ice is gone big time a few icebergs out there but they are going quick ,can't remember last time ice disappeared this quick,,,,,, I fished sunday and with the temps overnight being around 50 ,,,,,,,lacked the courage ta try it monday ,,,,,,,old age has made it just to hard ta crawl back up on the ice after going threw,, submarine man I ain't anymore........ see ya all next year if I make it..........least I think that was monday I didn't go..........
40° - 45° F
41° - 45° F
well ice is going quick bottom up shoreline for sure ice is 14 to 5 and the shore line is gone in places , droped 2 wheels in sat about 6pm twice other place I ride on is gone for now walked on today fishing very spot on or off fished maybe a dozen holes only 2 had fish,,, not sure if I well go out again am getting to old to get out if I go threw and as varied as the ice is getting just a matter of time till I find a bad spot,, most fish found are in 6 foot or less but did not try any deeper than 8foot ,,,,,,,,,,,,those that did were moving alot .........
Below 40° F
46° - 50° F
mess out there slush and water snow is melting ice is brittle if your on fish you can get a few to go every other hole or so still fishing 10 foot or less of water most fish are 4 to 5 foot under the ice for me and 2 to 3 in 5 foot of water very few coming off the bottom ... no perch today
40° - 45° F
21° - 25° F
fishing ain't bad not catching alot but steady action and ya get a keeper here and there....now the bad news we have 16 inchs of snow 6 to 8 of slush and a foot of water on top of the ice.......in places fat old men break right threw if your 200 or less you can walk on it ......I bottomed out my quad on this stuff ta night if a couple of neighbors had not walked threw that stuff to help me out would been there till midnight digging out myself i figure 14 inch of ice based on 28 turns of my shimmed lazer auger after it bits into the ice could be some of it is frozen slush ,,,,,,,,,,,you get 3 to 400 feet out you don;t seem to have the slush or water problem ,, may just need to use my snow shoes and a jet sled for a day or so . been catching jumbo perch shallow all winter just not much fer numbers ,,same fer the crappie and gills, have not tried fer strippers...
Below 40° F
51° - 55° F
ice gone 1 inch is lowest the scale goes
can only see a little sunken ice out there last time i saw ice go like this , it just sank you could walk on it with waders a month later waste high don't think that is the case this time , but their is very little ice you can see floating out there...........
Below 40° F
56° - 60° F
ice is going fast what is still there is thick but not solid as it was slush ice to begin with was a real ice base of 2 maybe 3 and the rest of it was frozen snow SO I AM DONE too fat ta crawl back out if I go threw,, tried ta ride out today got maybe 10 12 foot out and was wading threw what was frozen snow up ta the hubs. and no solid ice to step up on step threw yes step on no,so I called it forcast is for 4 to 5 days of heavy wind and sunshine 40's ta 50's.................my thier mom a ters where reading 59 in the sun felt like 70 out of the wind,see ya next year
16° - 20° F
well that fellow got out turns out he shoved his dog back on to the ice ,know the man he ain't been around here for long just 3 or 4 years and doesn't get out on the ice, know the fellow that threw him a ski rope and towed him out to both are close neighbors,, now ice is very good 6 to 700 feet out, ever where I been cept over the big spring bought 4 1/2 there and the ice ain't real strong there when it warms up ,,fishing has started to turn back on looks like the dog days of winter fer fishing is over , was only 10 12 days this year. short but so is or was the ice season from here on out good ice is day to day for the shore line anyway, had a wis limit from 3 ta 6 on gills last 2 days they are still out there somewhere did put the knife to a half dozen crappies .reporting 7 inches where I am fishing it is alot thicker ,,Ice is never safe if ya don't know a body of water and that ain't always true but helps.. THE GOOSE HOLE HAS CLOSED UP WAS ALMOST FROM PoiNT TA PoiNT BETWEEN CATHERINE AND CHANNEL has been frozen on the south west point area most of the winter was open to withen 20 feet of the north east point have seen people ride over what was open less than 2 weeks ago they are pushing their luck . if ya got ta go from channel ta catherine hug the south west point ..........
26° - 30° F
slow finding fish is easy problem is they are all loners drilled maybe 25 holes caught maybe about the same number of gills most were around 5 inches ice is fine but goose hole is still a problem and ice around it for maybe 100 ta 200 feet away ain't that good.......local here went for a swim sunday his dog went after the swans and he went after his dog dog saved his self , man needed help out good thing someone was out ta see him go in,,,,,ambulance took him away hope he is all right, have not herd he went in close to that 36 foot of water between the points.
got out about 2 ice where I was was 6 drilled one that was 5 wet slushey rubber boots a must...... fishing was fishing again today not catching 2 good gills and a dozen dinks was off the ice bout 4 45 pm........ going some where else to mor row maybe channel far north end the goose hole is slowly closing ran between lakes 2/3 away across farther north than we see it more often or not would not recommend walking from catherine to channel on northern side ,have seen people go around by south piont of cut.............they looked skinner than me from a distance..........