I spoke to the sportmans resort owner and he said lake travel was good for a snowmobile. not sure about atv's. sounds like close to a foot of decent ice beneath the snow and slush and some frozen slush
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Will be heading up to South Twin on Sunday, any local knowledge on ice conditions?
pm sent buckshot
Heading up to fish South Turtle the day after Christmas through New Years with my buddy and our 4 boys.
Would greatly appreciate a PM on ice conditions.
I've been checking all the other Vilas threads and ice conditions sound decent, but vary lake to lake. Planning on bring a snowmobile to haul gear.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.
Smoker, I sent you a message, but see it didn't go through. I've seen small mouth, northern, perch and some pan fish in the chain. You have to search to find them. At least that's what I've discovered. I hear there are largemouth, as well, but I haven't fished for them or run into them.
anything other than musky ? I'm looking for cabins,but i never fished here
Agreed. I've actually been doing more scouting and marking of weed edges, etc., than fishing. I have much of N. Turtle and Rock marked, but have not spent very much time on S. Turtle, yet.
I would add to make sure you venture into the other lake as well. It’s not an easy chain to fish but there are some real nice fish in it. The pressure out there can be thick but I see a lot of mistakes in how it’s fished. A lot of guys have their boats sitting right on top of where their casts should be landing. Put down icons and map out the weedbeds so you can throw up on the thick patches and stay outside of them
Breal31 and Musky Ben:
Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.
Breal did a good job of letting you know that the fish will use it all... It's good to hear that there are some smaller fish in the population for future years...
If you're finding fish in the weeds, it would seem that you're on kind of a pattern. Although smaller fish, there's a big one somewhere just waiting in the weeds. It would make sense that you keep checking rocks, especially if you have history on certain ones in that chain. Kind of my bad, but I always look at rocks as being more of a fall pattern and I am sure at times I am missing out on potential bites.
That said and based on some other info I have been hearing now and over the years, is that spending time on the suspended fish may not be a bad thing to try if you're not connecting on any rock fish and your weed fish tend to be small.
As for the weeds, with the dark water up there 4.5 might be as tall as they get this year and if they are behind they will extend out a bit further. The other item is that with the high water years that we have the water tends to leach the tannins out of the swamps making the general water color, even in "clear lakes" a bit darker as well. So while concuring with Breal, I am adding that there are other factors at play retarding the weed growth.
Good luck to both of you, I managed to put my first in the boat in Thursday night league last week as well.