Was out a few hours this afternoon with my son for the first time. Very slow bite. Didnt see any pan fish or crappie caught at all. A few flags and saw two small pike caught. 3 to 4 inches of ice. Few nice guys and a group of kids out there fishing. Going to try again tomorrow morning.
31° - 35° F
Fished Thursday and Friday afternoons. Very slow panfish action. Tip ups were popping but not many landed. Ones I saw were all under 20 “. Will never understand why they put a minimum limit of 26” on northern. Should be harvesting the little ones and tossing the big ones back. A 20” northern eats just like a walleye.
Acfml357 was out this morning. About 4".
Bassbuddies, it's mainly a northern bite out there. Almost all of them are 18-22 inches long, occasionally you hear of a nice one being caught but usually they're pretty small. There can be a panfish bite in there but usually all that seems to bite are the sunfish and they're all about 5-6 inches. I've caught some descent bluegill in there, but not the last several years. Same with crappie, mostly 5 and 6 inchers.
Anyone been out today or yesterday? How much ice we got??
I typically spend a lot of time on Monona bay ice fishing but no fish biting there yet. Never fished the ditches before, is it worth the trip out? What is in there to target? Gills, crappie, bass, pike? Thanks for any advice
Park in viking park and go left follow the path you can see people fishing from the parking lot. Was there yesterday alot of tip up action. Ice was about 2 inches
I have not fished the ditches before. Do you park at Viking Park to access the ditches? If so, do you go right of left when you get to the ice?
Saw 6 guys out on the ditches yesterday night tip-up fishing don't know how the ice conditions are but we should be all good to go for this weekend. We have some cold nights coming up so I would imagine that there should be 4-5 inches by this weekend.
It looks like my report did not go through this morning for some reason. Anyhow, I saw two ice angles out in the bay this morning. Noone was in the ditch area. That area had just re-froze yesterday. The ice in the bay has no snow on it, but the ice is not clear, which means the snow sunk the ice and then froze together. This ice is not as hard and strong as clear ice but it spooks the fish way less. I have no idea how thick it is out there though, but since it's 3 foot deep at the max the earlier you can get out there the better, most years.