Quite the punch to the gut for us ice anglers! Following the polar vortex(s) that gave us enough ice for good truck travel, Mother Nature dumps 24” from two snow falls last week to plant a total of 35” for February alone! And this is as of 2/19 – forecast of additional 6” on 2/20, then possible 10” on 2/24.
It’s messy out there folks.
Hard to give very good reports when many anglers are spending more time digging than drilling. Slow would be most reports coming off ice. Though some anglers lucked on to some Northern Pike, Perch and Crappies. But overall, the weekend was spent searching for ice that wasn’t sloppy.
Areas of high traffic from snowmobiles seemed packed down for use by foot, ATV with tracks or other snowmobiles. At some derbies, fish were caught, the traffic actually helping to flatten some areas for use.
You can be sure Brad Schillinger and his crew at Custom Caretaking will have some roads plowed open for their Carrol Lake Tourney this Saturday, with proceeds going to Angel on My Shoulder.
Big Arb, Stacks Bay have got useable ice.
The problem isn’t the ice (22 – 28” averages) it’s the stuff on top.
Temps Thursday – Saturday in mid-30’s will make it pleasant, but not any dryer. Make sure to wear knee boots and bring a shovel.
Feb 23rd – 6th Annual Carrol Lake Ice Fishing Tournament – Carrol Lake in Woodruff
Feb 23rd – 13th Annual Lake Tomahawk Family Fun Fisheree – Lake Tomahawk
Feb 23rd – Annual Claus Kraetke Memorial Ice Fishing Jamboree – Donners Bay Resort – Turtle Flambeau Flowage
Mar 9th – 1st Annual KISS High School Panfish Ice Tournament – Lake Minocqua