Tim’s Ice Conditions & Fishing Reports
Opening Fishing weekend brought us fantastic weather this year. Warm, sunny and no high winds to contend with made for some great fishing. The best bite was in the morning and evenings. Most used minnows and fished in 17-23 FOW. Tim and his brother Dave took their Mom out on Sunday for Mother’s Day and ended up with 2 doubles.
Yesterday a friend of ours ventured out and found a nice batch of perch. He kept a half dozen or so of really nice jumbos and a few smaller ones. They ventured out on sleds to where no roads are plowed. It wasn’t fast and furious but they kept at it and ended up with a nice meal of fresh perch.
Yes, it was yesterday, the date on the camera is wrong.
We currently have 14+” of ice on the road. The least amount Tim has found is 12″ off the road.The road is plowed out about 2 miles and it will be awhile before it goes further as the ice isn’t ready further out yet.
There is quite a bit of snow making it hard to move around so if you are bringing a wheelhouse you may need to have us plow a spot for you. We need you to be at least 50 feet away from the road stakes and berms to minimize flooding. You may also experience flooding around your house so pay attention to the snow and drifting around you.
Road berms are quite wet so stay clear of those or you will end up stuck in them, even on ATVs.
As far as fishing goes it hasn’t been fast and furious. Our rental house which is in close to shore has had some walleyes overnight and catching Northerns during the day.
The crappies and sunfish are being rather elusive right now but starting to see a few. LOTS of little perch everywhere.
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Tim was just out checking current conditions after this “way to much” snowfall. Not much has changed, there’s still 9″ of ice in the bay past the crappie hole. Not enough to put a truck/plow on yet. There’s 7+” of snow cover and water comes up at least 1/2″ as soon as you drill a hole. We will NOT be allowing wheelhouses out this weekend. We will allow ATV’s but the going isn’t easy and I recommend chains and bring a shovel in case you get stuck as you are on your own.
Tim’s been venturing out almost daily to check ice. Today’s read was 5-7″ of ice in Isle Bay area. He walked out about 500 yards.
The areas where the ice is smooth and black are measuring 5″ and the spots where the ice has frozen chunky is measuring almost 7″. Although the ice has frozen rough in much of the areas, it’s not too bad the farther out you go and it’s pretty solid and not alot of air in it.
If you venture out, please check the ice for yourself. We cannot check everywhere and conditions can very from spot to spot.
BE SMART BE SAFE!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll be back out measuring the ice on Friday.
Tim ventured out on to the ice this morning. He was out about 450 yards and had 3″ of ice. There was pretty much 3-4″ consistently in the path he took out. Isle Bay is fishable but we recommend you stay away from bull rushes. Winds are supposed to pick up later today so be sure to stay aware of what’s happening around you and ice conditions can quickly change.
Tim checks the ice by walking out a little ways then hit the ice with his spud. This is the same spud he has used for 20 years and if it goes through the ice on one whack he turns around.
His measuring stick is a piece of PVC marked off in inches with a right angle that he hooks on bottom of ice. He checks pretty much the same spots for awhile to give an idea of how much ice is accumulating. This doesn’t mean it won’t be more or less in other areas so always check for yourself.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a report and I apologize for that. Had lots of things going on this fall getting the resort closed up. Tim had to have eye surgery again so he had to get his boat pulled out earlier than he would have liked. Also had a new boat ramp poured so we couldn’t have used it anyway.
That said, don’t have much of a fishing report for you and there’s not much for boat traffic these days. Sounds like the fall Muskie bite was pretty good. Water temps are in the mid 30′s so it won’t be long before ice on. On the cold nights there has been some ice forming around the edges of the bay but it is no way ready for any kind of traffic so stay off! For now we just get the rental and guide houses ready for the season and making sure the plow trucks are running well.
Will keep you posted as the ice starts to arrive.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Yes we are still ice fishing! With the warm weather over the weekend the snow has melted and the ice is getting dark and soft in the bay.
As of right now you can still walk out from the City Park but it won’t be long before it starts to pull away from the shoreline.
Our access has been closed for a couple weeks so we are not getting reports from those fishing like normal. I did have a guy call on Saturday that said he did well on the crappies on Friday and I have heard that there has been a decent bite during the evening hours. My guess is that the crappies will turn on again with the good melt of snow cover.
If you decide to give it one last try, venture out with caution. This is the time of year where it can be fine getting on the ice early in the day and melted away from shore by evening so be prepared. Also watch for enlarged holes as the funneling water can expand an 8″ hole quickly.
We have switched gears to open water fishing and are working on getting cabins ready to go for the opener, just need the ice to go out!
NOTE: Webcam should be up and running again in a few days. It was sent to the repair shop last week and we’re just waiting for it to be shipped back.
Crappie Report – over the weekend there were a few people that took home their limit of crappie, some reported keeping 2-4 even 6 fish and others reported catching nothing. Pretty much boils down to being in the right place at the right time. Morning and evening still seems to be the best but a friend of ours caught a limit of crappie and 7 sunfish on Friday between early afternoon and before dark. So the best time to fish is – when they’re biting – and you just have to come fish to catch them.
As of today the landing is still open to ATV and walk-outs but that is on a day to day basis and we will post if/when anything changes. Probably won’t be much longer for ATVs through.
Personally I’m (Tina) ready for open water and warmer weather to arrive so we can start getting ready for our summer season. Happy fishing everyone!
The crappies have been in the bay all winter but they have not really been biting, one here and there. BUT, this last week we have started to see them bite, even a couple reports of limits. I did not see them so can’t attest to it but that’s the word. Most reported getting those after sun down. We did have a friend, Butch, who kept 8 nice crappies on Friday morning though. My best guess is that the bite will improve when we get some melting of the snow and ice and get that water oxygenated up again.
As for the sunfish, we had a pretty decent bite early season but they seem to have really slowed down the last 2 weeks but I do think that will improve along with melting.
Last weekend the bite in the rental house was a little slower than the weekend before but they still had fun catching walleye, northerns and sunfish and a few crappies.
The best bite still seems to be walleyes in the evening and overnight with Northerns during the day. We are seeing lots of panfish but the trick is to get them to bite, use small hooks tipped with waxies/larva. Walleyes like the set lines tipped with shinners or jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. A good old sucker on a tip-up for the Northerns is a good choice.
Tim ventured out a couple days this week and saw some keeper perch in 28-36 FOW but they were just not interested in biting. At least he saw some perch because so far the perch bite has been pretty non-existent. Hope that bite picks up soon.
Hopefully this nasty cold snap won’t slow things down too much this weekend but it’s supposed to warm up on Saturday so get up here and fish before the big Super Bowl Game.
Dave with a nice catch of sunnies and crappies today.
Again, we won’t be posting ice thickness reports any longer, there’s plenty of ice. Going to need extensions in the houses pretty soon. Roads are in good shape you just need to drive slow and be aware of what’s going on around you and watch for cracks.
It was a windy weekend which slowed the walleye bite down in the deeper waters where our house was. Yesterday Tim moved the rental in to shallow water for them to go after panfish and Northerns. Seeing fish like crazy, the trick is to get them to bite.
Overnight the guide house which is located in the same area as the rental caught 2 walleyes and are working on some nice sunfish this morning.
6-8″ in the Isle Bay area