Ice still covers most of our lakes, but in most cases not shore to shore. Edges and accesses are pulling away, ice is very rotted after recent rain and Fri/Sat sun. Measured 21” on Lake Minocqua at noon 4/19. Not safe enough for remeasure today. Mid-week forecast for high 50’s to mid-60’s will eat up plenty of ice this week.
Should see open water on many bodies for opener.
Crappies: Good – Anglers fared better early and late in day. Reports of some true slabs of 13-15”. Big Arb’s south shore is the only remaining “fishable” ice as of this AM (4/22), but will go fast in these conditions.
For the rest of the reports, rather quiet. A few anglers checking out streams for suckers to smoke.
Pond behind shop about 40% open, but very dark ice. Typically, Lake Minocqua is ice free 7-10 days after pond.
Using Lake Minocqua as reference for other nearby lake ice out
Walleye on chain will not be open this spring.