I also have some bad news for people that thought that the weeds are coming back. The rusty crayfish population is going back up. I trap them every year and have a big boil. The past year I got next to none this July I got 50 in 2 days. No it is not as bad as it was 5 years ago but its still bad. So if you do catch one kill it.
Star Lake, Vilas County
Fished Star over labor day. LOTS I mean LOTS of bass largemouth and smallmouth. 1 walleye some muskies followed in gills. Lots of rock bass and small bluegill. I even trolled crawler harnesses by the shores line by the camp grounds and only picked up 1 tiny small mouth and lost a bigger 1 that jumped and I had my drag set to tight so the line snapped. When looking for weed I found a big pod of bass anchored and landed 1 then lost another. I even caught a 5 pound 19 inch football off the back of our beached boat. Largemouth were on a wacky rigged yum dinger and smallmouth were on the same thing but by wood and largemouth were by weeds.
Fished Star Lake over the weekend. Walleye fishing was very slow for us, but we did manage a few. It's been a strange spring. Ice didn't clear out until May 11th and then the really hot weather two weeks later over the Memorial day weekend shot the water temps up to almost 70. Damn rock bass and short northerns were hanging in the weed beds and stealing alot of our bait. They need to be thinned out, especially all those rock bass. They're everywhere. Saw a large dead musky foating on the surface. Looked like someone hit it with their boat prop. Had a big gash on it's back. What a shame.
Anyone know how thick the ice is?
Anyone been out lately?
Oh thank you
Stars coontail remains green almost all winter and with its depth there won’t be a winter kill on a lake like it. There is plenty of dissolved oxygen in the water. The shallow weedy lakes have DO problems because when the weeds die off and decompose they use up the DO. Heavy snow and slush reduce light penetration and plants die because they can’t photosynthesize and produce food for themselves and use that food they make without oxygen.
Thank you man but im not going out on this lake anytime soon. I just wanted to know so I could predict if their would be a fish kill.
If you're venturing on Star and are cutting a new track be ready for slush and snow. As is the case on almost any lake you're on this time of year. Early ice we caught a few nice fish, but haven't been on this exact lake since. Most others are similar though. Anywhere from 10 to 24 inches of ice with mixed toppings. Good luck.
Anyone got Ice reports?