Fished from 7-12, thursday morning. Managed to hook into LMB. Ten in all ranging from 12"-17".
Bear Lake, Waupaca County
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Fished from noon to 3pm. Caught 7 largemouth ranging 13 to 16 inches. All released. 2 bonus Northerns also caught 1 24", the other 30". Also released. Fished while standing in 3 1/2 feet of water, casting over the drop off with nightcrawlers.
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Fished for LMB got a few yesterday afternoon.
Anyone been out here this year? Ice thickness?
Spot on! I fished this lake on a regular basis with the same handful of people until about ten years ago and someone let the cat out of the bag. It has been absolutely destroyed since then by an absurd amount of people over harvesting. I won't even fish it anymore. If you like to rub elbows with people when your fishing early ice, this is the place for you!
yeah 15 yrs ago is about correct, was pretty good up until about 5 yrs ago even, then like most lakes word spreads and you go out, and theres 125 shacks in a small area raping the gills out and now nada, so if you wanna catch gills over 6" i would suggest trying some of the wautoma/wild rose area lakes they all have great gill size structure and the numbers are there as well.
Info is from about 15 yrs ago, so things could change some. Has been longer than that since I fished there...
Thank you, that is exactly what i was hoping to hear!
The gills here are known to be healthy, solid fish. Not monster 9 to 11 inch fish, but solid 8 inchers are present. Friend of mine used to survey lakes years ago. Always said this lake may not have the biggest bluegills, but it has the most healthy fish around.
Is this lake worth my time for ice fishing? I don't look for limits but i like to be able to catch at least a few gills over 6" and some northerns