Bunch of guys out. Ice is 7-8 inches thick. 2 flags. Caught a 27 inch fatty pike. Missed another flag. 7 hours on the ice made for a long day.
I looked from the beach on Winnequah and there are people out there. I'd still check as I go. I also walked out over by turville bay and there was about 2" water on top of the ice but found a fresh auger hole and felt down there. Was about 5" ice and this was a good 80+ yards off the beach.
Thinking of taking my daughter out next weekend. Anyone have an ice update?
Ice was holding several dozen people yesterday, but it was already weak ice (phase 2 or 3 at least), unlike other ice forming around madison. It definitely got sketchy at times, and with upcoming snowfall there is going to be a lot of extra weight on that now insulated ice.
Pike were hitting like crazy though, but I don't think I'll be back out for a couple more days. It was surprisingly poor ice.
Saw people out on Squaw Bay, how was ice, any reports appreciated.
Pickled Fisher take them to monona Bay. Have a blast.
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?