View Full Version : Ice Fishing

12-12-2009, 10:39 AM
Just wondering if anyone has got out onto the ice yet to do a little fishing. Down here in SE Wi we still need another week of cold temps before I get out on the ice. But hoping to get out there by next weekend. Any reports on ice thickness in locations?

12-13-2009, 09:52 AM
Small ponds are froze over good here in southern Mi saw couple guys out Saturday morning, I been thinking of getting out myself..

12-13-2009, 09:57 AM
Saw about 40 guys out on a lake just east of St. Paul, MN off of I-94. I didn't think it was quite that thick yet, but....they were all still on top of the ice.

12-16-2009, 07:54 AM
Lots of good ice up here in northern MN, all but the really big/deep lakes are ice covered and making ice every day (-4 right now). Mille Lacs, Red, LOTW all have folks out getting in on the early ice season.

12-16-2009, 09:17 AM
Lots of good ice up here in northern MN, all but the really big/deep lakes are ice covered and making ice every day (-4 right now). Mille Lacs, Red, LOTW all have folks out getting in on the early ice season.

I'm in SE MN, and I would think by this weekend, things should be very solid. Maybe 6-8" of ice on most lakes. I say MOST. Lots have springs and channels that take a bit longer to freeze up.


12-16-2009, 11:14 AM
Was out saturday and sunday west rush. 50 miles north of twin cities 6" good inches of ice were i was.

12-16-2009, 11:27 AM
They're already driving 4-wheeler on the ice by our house. Didn't think it was quite that safe yet. Heading out this weekend so will see.

12-17-2009, 11:40 AM
Eight to ten inches in the Mankato-Faribault area lakes. I live between the towns and last weekend there were people on the lakes with ATV's. After this weeks two days of negative temps, there will be people all over the lakes. Could use 6-8 inches of snow to freshen things up.

12-19-2009, 09:30 PM
saw a shantie up 200 yards of shore.... couldn't believe it.

12-20-2009, 08:53 AM
Anybody fish this lake?

12-20-2009, 11:32 PM
Been out a bit this week ice fishing. Buffalo Lake had a solid 8 inches wednesday, the lake near Alexandria I was on yesterday had close to a foot, and Medicine Lake in Plymouth had about 8 when I went today. Lots of people out. It is safe to walk on but I would still be cautious about taking 4 wheelers out, and definitely not safe for vehicles.

12-21-2009, 08:42 AM
Anybody fish this lake?

Yeah I fish it many times in the winter! I pretty much mainly fish it late evening and night for walleye! It's a pretty good lake!!

12-22-2009, 03:46 PM
I lived on the Northwest shore of Pewaukee. If you are a local and remember where the "Surf" use to be, I live two houses to the east. There is a drainage ditch that comes right out on point next to the house. Go out about 150' from shore on that point and find the edge of the weed line. You will be on one of the best places on the lake for Walleyes. Set tip ups along that weed line going back to the west. Late evenings are good and anytime before Christmas is awesome. When I was in Highschool I had 6 friends that would fish every night and just kill the walleyes. Once and awhile you would get a monster muskey. I can remember going out on "first ice" with a 3/4" sheet of plywood and two screwdrivers to set tip ups just to nail the walleye. The crazy S@%t we did when we were young!!!!

01-02-2010, 12:58 PM
I'm not a very good ice fishing guy, but I have aquired gear throughout the years. Any tips on what presentations to use and what lures, hooks, and bait to use for perch, bluegills,crappies, walleyes, northerns, etc? What time of day works best?

01-02-2010, 02:32 PM
Bluegills I use a small tear drop hook ( white,orange,green ) are some good colors with a wax worm on it and jig it often.
Perch,crappies a small treble hook with a minnow on it works good.
Walleyes swedish pimple with a minnow on it.
Pike I use a tip-up with a treble hook and sucker.

01-02-2010, 10:53 PM
What time of day works best?

Anytime can be good. But I have found very early morn at the first hint of light best for walleye. Its tough crawling out in the cold and dark and be done screwin' around and have tip ups and lines set in darkness. But usually pays off. Next time would be after sun down, but still some fading light. And I aint a morning person.

Last year

01-03-2010, 07:20 AM
With the price of a vexilar pretty high, has anybody made a portable locator out of a regular boat style fish finder?

01-03-2010, 08:16 PM
sabercat you can do it just look for one that has a flasher mode , better yet check menards they had a underwater camera (fish cam ) for like 75.00. the only time i use my flasher now is nite fishing when the camera doesn't work well

01-04-2010, 08:30 AM
I have the electronics but can't get a ice ducer for it. Might be more screwing around than its worth.

Whats everyones opinion on vexilars or hummingbirds?

01-05-2010, 11:03 AM
I have a Vexilar FL-12. It is invaluable for ice fishing. Help to locate a good spot to set up and also helps to determine what depths the fish are at and makes ice fishing much more productive than without one. When I don't use one, I feel like I am fishing "blind".

01-05-2010, 01:02 PM
Went out on Monona Bay in Madison on 12/30 from 1 until 7. 4 White bass for 2 guys.
Hit Okauchee on 1/2 from 8 until 2. 1 flag with no fish and a couple of very small perch for 4 guys. No cars on the ice yet as there is not enough ice.
Hit Pike lake on 1/3 from dawn until 9:30. Dead Sea. There were a lot of vehicles on the ice in the afternoon.
Seems like the cold spell has shut the fishing down.

01-06-2010, 11:53 AM
Fishing over Christmas break in northern vilas county we caught many walleye, not much size to them though biggest one measured 20" and one early afternoon fishing for Northern
my husband caught a 42" musky. To bad the season was closed and we had to let him go. Don't let the blood in the picture fool you he took off like a rocket as soon as his head hit the water. 47 years old and his 1st Musky. It was really a rush. Dawn

john w
01-07-2010, 12:44 AM
That had to be a riot to catch,reel in hand over hand. To bad the season is closed, musky's taste great to eat !!!

01-07-2010, 10:21 AM
He was so excited. It took alot to get him up to the hole and then to get him through it. He was glad he had left his gloves on or the line probably would have left a few marks. As soon as he seen it was a musky he grabbed it and wrapped his arms around it and took it down to the ice kinda of like giving it a big hug. He couldn't hardly speak he was so happy. I know he has a good ticker after all that excitement. He didn't vapor lock on me....Dawn

01-11-2010, 12:22 PM
Nice fish!

01-18-2010, 01:58 PM
Went out on Beaver Dam on Sat. Drove straight out from The Springs Bar. 3 guys from 1 until 8. 2 flags - no fish.

I don't have a Vexilar, but for those that do, I've never heard a complaint. I've fished with guys who have them and they are invaluable. I'm going to buy an underwater camera though. Cabels'a has a new one out with a panning mode so you don't have to twist the cord.