****IMPORTANT READ WHOLE MESSAGE****Walked out of ridge run today on the normal path. They have 3 no trespassing signs up and have put a chain across the road now. Still went out fishing and caught 5 nice gills and threw back a ton. However, was approached by the superintendents husband, who took my picture, and was told this was my warning and anyone from now on caught accessing the lake from ridge run marsh and not legally portaging the dam will have the sheriff called on them by his wife. Apparently they have had vandals breaking in to cabins and wrecking stuff.
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A small amount of trespassing is required, the end of the walk is not public. Be careful of the flowing water near the dam, might be unsafe right now.
It's a bit of a walk, but you can get to it from ridge run park.
Is there any public access for this lake? My kids and I see it from the Glacier Ice Age Trail but there does not seem to be a way to get to the lake... any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks -D
Was out Sunday afternoon to sundown getting on and off the ice the first 50yds or so 2" at best cracking every step of the way found 4 & 5" in 6 to 10' of water. 8 others out there to tip ups and jigging had a few flags bass and pike small. jigs with waxes and plastic small panfish. 2 - 6" action was slow for all nice day to be out though just had to brave the on and off the ice ??
Happy holidays and safe travels to all
Anyone have an ice report?
That is very good young man, you have grown. There was a time when you bottled it all up and stuffed a cork in it. Continue to let it flow and everything will be OK.
As far as Lucas goes, haven't fished it 20 years or so. It was pounded back then like I am sure it gets pounded on now. Maybe all the little pikey's have much feed this year and don't need to eat your shiners and suckers.
Many of our lakes in WI have an over abundance of spawning habitat which produces too many fry and high competition early in each fish's life, limiting their growth rates. (common for perch and pike that both use aquatic vegetation as spawning substrate) Stunted bluegill populations are also usually naturally occurring, but over harvest of large parental male bluegills also leads to significant decrease in size structure. The North American Journal of Fisheries Management has published numerous articles and studies addressing the mechanisms that cause stunting in many different fish species. I suggest you read up on them before you tell people what they should keep and why they should keep it.
It's no wonder the average size of gamefish in Lucas has noticeably declined over the last 6 years with anglers like you thinking they need to keep everything in order to improve the size structure.
And if you weren't trolling, I'm sorry.... that the DNR allows you to purchase a fishing license every year
BOTTOM LINE IS: the more fish you keep out of lucas "smaller fish" the bigger the fish will get. More food!
These aren't my 2 cents this is my whole $1.00. Because it's the truth.
type in google " why do fish get stunted" and every web site will tell you the same thing.
For other lakes catch and release on big fish is the right thing to do. I'm guilty of keeping nice fish and so is everyone else but you gotta put them back if you want a big fish population.