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1/15/20 @ 2:09 PM
wiel0059
USER SINCE 6/20/14

Hi Big Head Firkie -

Was out there this past weekend for a while - hadn't been in a few years due to such a steep decline in fishing / stunted panfish due to pressure over the past 10 or so years.

To answer your question specifically: Travel was actually really good - consistent with what I've seen on area lakes in the past 5-10 days. I walked all over the lake due to waiting on a new snowmobile trailer coming this week, but could have taken my sled out had the trailer arrived. Others had recently, but didn't look like anyone fished one area overly much. That is of course before snow today (if we get 3" - time will tell) and then another big batch coming for Friday Night apparently (forecasted as such but still time to change that).

Fishing: I'll be honest, this was another story. I looked in a lot of places, having fished the lake with such great success yearly 8-20 years ago throughout winter. I was hoping the recent panfish limits would have helped it come back a bit over the past couple years - whether its actually regulated or has reduced fishing pressure? I honestly don't know. But, unfortunately, I found same reports as others recent comments from last year and years prior (also what I had seen the previous few times I had been out over the past couple winters doing a 'yearly' check). That being, an overabundance of stunted pan fish still (and stunted largemouth apparently - I caught no less than 20 under 10" long with one "big one" (lol) being about 12"). If only loads of 4-5" bluegills and 5-6" crappies were fun to catch.... That's probably why I was the only person on the lake during a really nice winter day - that should have been my sign haha.

Didn't see any northerns on camera (checked almost every hole I drilled and also livescoped everywhere looking for schools of bigger fish) in the vast number of areas I checked - but perhaps one could do good if actually targeted  with tip-ups - not my cup of tea! Perhaps time will tell, but it doesn't seem like the new panfish regulations have had the affect anyone hoped now that we are years into the change. Rather, it seems to be choke full of stunted panfish, but of course that could be due to other factors as well.

Personal take, you can do a LOT better in many lakes throughout Oneida / Vilas county IMHO if you're targeting panfish. Feel free to shoot me a message with any questions!

1/12/20 @ 12:05 PM
Big Head Firkie
MEMBER SINCE 6/11/07

Has anyone been out lately? Just wondering how travel is?

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