Went out yesterday for a couple of hours. Ice thickness where I was is between 7-8 inches. There was about a couple of inches of crusty ice on top, but solid underneath. Looks like most of the slush has frozen up in the areas where I was walking. There were a few 4-wheelers and snowmobiles moving on the lake as well, so some guys are feeling pretty confident about the ice. I fished deep, about 45 ft of water, marked some suspended fish, immediately got hold of a nice crappie that I lost at the hole. Marked a few more but couldn't get them to bite after that. Others were reporting a catch of descent crappie in about 30 ft of water.
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Nothing happening on the chain Saturday. A bunch of 3-4" perch and bluegill off the bottom, nothing suspended was interested. Moved on to a different lake by 10am.
Went out to the Chain this past week, had 13 inches of ice, 1 smaller car and 2 trucks out that we could see, we walked out, easy going with no snow on ice.
Found Crappie out in 35-40 FOW, had to hole hop to stay on the schools, fish were active from 9-12ish, slowed down after that. Kept 8, all 10.5-12.5 inches, pretty good morning overall. Feel free to check out the video below!
Lost a Milwaukee drill at or near the clear lake landing Saturday evening. Fell off my sled as I was coming off. Retraced my tracks this afternoon but it was gone, if you found it I would appreciate a text! 920-606-8065.
Had 12" of ice theoughout clear lake. Saw one 1 truck out. Had to jump around but caught a few crappies and perch thoughout the chain along drop offs.
Fished a couple hours each day Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. Had one flag late afternoon along weed edge in about 8 feet of water, caught only one 15-1/4 inch walleye, released of course. Used tip downs in about 15-16 feet of water after marking a few on the bottom, but no takers. Following day, tried to search for deeper water and suspended crappies. Found 30-35 foot depth and marking fish about 6 feet off the bottom, only caught two 11 inch crappies in that period of time, but they're there. We were jigging for them using crappie minnows as well as tip downs.
Ice thickness is 7-8 inches where I was, but I would be very careful as the ice doesn't freeze equally throughout the whole lake. I felt safe driving my side by side UTV on the ice. There were scattered snowmobiles. Many guys still walking on the ice which is the safest of course.
A good 6 to 8 inches of ice out their. Very very slick no luck buddy caught a perch by banana island about 15 ft of water.
Thanks for the report! Cutting wood took priority for me but I appreciate the info.
Good luck and keep safe!
36° - 40° F
About 6 inches of ice where we were fishing...
Tip downs and Jigging crappie minnows in 15 -16 feet of water were successful for many perch, but most were small.
Buddy caught one nice northern pike in about 8 feet of water on a tip up with a large shiner. Took out over a hundred feet of line in just a few seconds!!
Other buddy caught a tiny walleye...
Some snowmobiles and 4-wheelers out and about on the lake, but I wouldn't feel totally comfortable til we get another cold spell to thicken the ice a little more.
Looks like a few scattered "dark" spots on the ice that should probably be avoided even on foot.
Anyone been out yet? I'm hoping to get out this weekend, and I am wondering how deep the ice is so far.