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Squaw Bay, Monona
I have not fished Squaw for years and I am taking my boss and 2 kids out in the morning. I do not normally ask for help but for the sake of the kids are the panfish biting at all?
I didnt fish Squaw today but I did however, walk out on it to check ice for tomorrow. Found 6-7" From Winnequah landing towards middle of bay. Got to 5" of ice , took 2 more steps, drilled and had just over 2" or so. There is always a thin spot between the yarhara mouth and the outer channel for the belle isles. It sits about middle of the bay where there's only 4' of water. I'll try tip ups tomorrow if it isnt raining when I get up. LOTS of slush and water on top of ice and that was about 11am today before the temps climbed and any rain that has/will come over night. Walk gently and check ice thickness so you dont take a swim.
10" of ice drilled...about 30 yards from shoreline. definitely some slushy areas where you're standing in about 4" of slush or water...bring a good pair of boots
Any report on the ice on squaw bay as of late?
Phil Pick.. Nope. Not trying to scare anyone away. More like trying to prevent someone from going swimming with the snow cover. Snow insulates you know. And with only an inch or two of ice before the snow fell. How much do you think its going to thicken up by? Just saying. Ive seen people go thru in the thin spots when there was 11" Ice all other places on the bay. You wanna blaze the path out? I'd be happy to follow. Me? not leading.
Oh, I'll add I'm NOT a gill fisherman. I'm only out with flags so my season will be a very short one IF I manage to get out. With Temps being many many degrees below zero this coming weekend in the AM's Not sure I"ll even venture out. I'm usually on ice before light and off by 11am. So, Just wait and see what happens.
I completely agree than no one should walk across the middle of the bay quite yet. But your idea that this bay won't freeze until March just seems kind of absurd seeing as this bay freezes over really quickly. Almost like you are trying to scare people away from this spot for something.
There is fishable ice, just be careful and use common sense. Use a spud and check ice depth as you go.
No doubt a month ago it was good. Heck, I figured at Thanksgiving I'd be fishing it before Christmas with tipups. Just reporting what I saw first hand on Thursday. Couldnt PAY me to walk across it right now. Especially knowing the spring that errodes the ice in the middle of the bay. Go from 9" solid ice last year, Walk 4 steps and have a foot go thru 1" of ice. Not a good area if you dont KNOW Where you're stepping.
I fished Squaw a month ago and found between 3"-4" of solid clear ice out to 80 yards or so from the small park on the north side. Granted it was before the warm up and rain but this bay freezes early and holds ice well. I'd be shocked if there wasn't fishable ice out there and wouldn't be afraid to check it out if I had the time.
I checked squaw on Thursday the 17th. Looked at it from Frost woods beach and also from end of Techumse at the little walk in park there. Only walked out about 20 yds off the beach, NO further. I could see at least 5 different ice freeze lines and the first one off the beach was 4" then 2" and most likely thinner out there. Now with the snow, Doubtful there will be enough ice until March IF by then. There were lots of holes along the shoreline where all the houses are in the back of the bay. Looked like they came about 25 yds out then ice was probably too thin. I would NOT go out there with the snow on the ice. you can however, walk over from Frostwoods beach on Winnequah about 1/2 mile from Bridge rd. Just stick close to shore and walk around the bay to the right of the beach. Me personally. Dont think I'll be fishing it this year.