Party atmosphere on Wingra today. More people out than I have seen this season. Beautiful day for ice fishing. Caught mostly perch today. On the bottom with wax worms. A few of the small gills. From what I've seen kept over the years on the chain a half dozen of the perch I caught would of qualified. A dozen of them probably would of made a meal. LOL. Good luck out there. Ice about fourteen inches. The first six is crap ice. Don't know if the shoreline ice will hold up for next weekend. We shall see. Rat.
Good to see some out and enjoying Wingra! A great place to fish, always lot's of action, never know what you will catch? Now fishing for me this year has been very poor on the Madison chain, usual hotspots, just did not produce? Been fishing these lakes for over 40 years, and I must say, I have not caught a decent fish all year! This old timer wised up and bought fish from Walleye Direct, 5lbs perch, 5lbs walleye, pricey but perfect! I would suggest everyone keeps fishing Wingra, take some smaller gills home to eat, they taste great! Way too many in there and stunted. Let's make Wingra a great Bluegill lake!
I've been entering off of Knickerbocker St. I would just walk out from shore and drill near where others have been fishing or use existing holes. Start at the bottom and work your way up. I don't have a flasher but the fish I have observed on my camera are on bottom to six inches over bottom. If you have it right you should get bit rather quickly. Definitely action oriented but a great place for kids to learn. Have fun. Rat.
It seems like people are doing well with numbers of fish however not as well on size of fish based on reports. I would like to take my little brother and introduce him into ice fishing, it seems like a good opportunity to do so. Would you guys mind sharing some tips such as how deep to be fishing or where to walk off from?
Fished yesterday from 630-1130. Caught 83 gills but only about 8 of them being 6” +. 3 of them were 6.75” those being the biggest. Sucks that the size of them are garbage but the constant action is always fun.
Plan on going out again this afternoon to try and catch that allusive 7” wingra Gill.
Fished off of Knickerbocker myself yesterday. Caught fish but the wind was annoying so I moved to where I don't catch anything and proved it to myself once again. Ice will be one big puddle soon. That's part of the reason why I fished yesterday. Slushy and mushy but not puddled. Who knows what the ice conditions will be by the weekend. I know ice is very thick but the edges can go quick. Might get out this weekend. Not going to be disappointed when the season is over.
I read some where on these threads to not try and sharpen your Mora blades. Buy new ones. Wrong. I'm no craftsman but I watched a few You Tube video on how to do it. Buddy of mine had given me a five inch hand auger which I converted to a drill. Man did that thing eat through that thick ice yesterday. A dab of 3 and 1 oil and 600 grit sand paper. Used a small gift box as my pad. If Rat can do it anybody can.
Knickerbocker is off of Monroe St.
Where is knickerbocker located at? I’ve usually walked out from the parking lot in front of the adventure play area.
26° - 30° F
2.21.21 - Fished off of Knickerbocker in the morning. I wasn't expecting any size, simply some action. In 4.5 hours I caught 117 bluegills and perch (90% bluegills/10% perch). I kept 3.... Really should've only kept 1, but who likes to clean only 1 fish, not me...
Tip of the day: SAVE YOUR BACK, put your Auger Extender on.
Primarily made the trip to dial in my new toy. Garmin Striker Plus 5CV. Being a crafty McGyver like fisherman that is always looking for a deal to enhance my setup, I found a Manager's discount at a local store (47% off) because it was missing the mount bracket. I bought the bracket online for $20, and an ice bundle w/o ice transducer.
Since I decided to use the same transducer that I'll use on my boat, I needed to complete my setup. I needed a transducer mount. 1 hour, 10' of pvc, a few connectors, and a coat of Garmin Blue paint, produced a solid result! I turn the transducer directly under the ice, keeping it out of the way to reel up fish.
Out of the 117 fish I caught, only 1 managed to tangle in my transducer.
Plan accomplished in my book.
Was out yesterday, Sunday, the ice was solid under about two inches of slush. Caught four little bluegills.