Those bluegills I returned to the lake in January did not grow! Lol. Took my 8 y.o. granddaughter to the fishing pier. Caught a lot of dink bluegills. Good opportunity to teach a youngster how and when to set the hook.
71° - 75° F
21° - 25° F
Fished the afternoon. Not counting the 1-2 inches of frozen slush on top of good ice there was 5 inches in some spots but another 10 feet out was only 3 inches. And I drilled one hole that was six inches of bad ice. Crystallized compacted snow. So please be careful. BTW, no flags and about 10 small bluegills all now back in the lake to hopefully grow.
21° - 25° F
Had such a good time last week came back today. Still 8 inches of ice. 2 crappies and a perch all three 10 inches and a ton of small bluegills in 15 FOW.
26° - 30° F
Out in the morning. Four inches of slush on top of eight inches of ice. Fished for about 3 hours. Two very small northern, one perch 6 inch perch and a lot of very small bluegills. What a great day: outside, caught fish, did not have to clean any!
26° - 30° F
Fished this morning. A few small northerns in about 10 fow. A decent amount of panfish jigging. Quite a few groups of people out on the lake.
Headed out today and the ice closer to the center and the east end where it freezes last was 3 inches of ice and 3 inches of hardened slush ice. If you were on a spot that was smooth and flat with no snow it was 6 inches but if you were on snow it was 3 with a bit of water.
Well I got out and was catching a bunch of little gills and then all of a sudden they went everywhere on my fish finder. I mean it looked like I had a 100 fish all trying to get away from 11 feet of water. Then the finder marked a new bottom. That's when I looked down the hole to see this monster hovering.
Finally swam out and the fish came back. I hooked another bluegill about 8 inches and it was a pretty good fight. When it reached the hole the pike was holding it and eventually let go. The fish went away again and came back for 30 minutes where I decided to go catch another small bluegill about 5 inches and came back. It was still there. Put the bluegill on a tipup I had and down it went. Set at 11 feet the fish swam out. 3 minutes later the tipup in the shack took off and pulled out 20 yards and stopped. I grabbed the line and it took off again. It was like the line was hung up but really the fish was to strong. Took about a minute to turn the fish and then coax her through the hole.
Ended up being 37 inches and 12 pounds. Couldn't risk putting that monster back down there so she's in my freezer. Also caught an 8 inch perch.
I was really hoping to fish here today after the cold snap but the rainy warm conditions didn't help. I walked out a bit. One spot was 6 inches and a few feet further there was a crack or previous hole that widened up and ate away the ice. Several spots were like this so I left. Ice was covered with 2-3 inches of slushy snow.
Stopped by to do a bit of fishing like the 5 other trucks. Ice near the launch was ok and about 4 inches. I walked near the middle and it was two spud bar throws and easily through. Over by where the springs are on the east side I saw a wet spot. Lets just assume that's open water.
OK I'll kill 2 birds with one post here. Multispek, here's my report. fish, don't worry, it's not positive, and it's old!
I've only fished this lake once and it was back in late May/early June. Saw a handfull of bass neer the reeds on the north end, but they were maybe a pound at most. Maybe it was me, maybe it was the weird spring we had, but I couldn't get anything to bite.
But at least it's a pretty little lake with nice access.