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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #150 on: Apr 18, 2018, 08:35 AM »
I've heard, but never seen, that tribes will use chain saws to cut holes in shorelines of knowing spawning grounds. I know they've done it on Trout Lake and "harvested" a bunch of Musky along with Walleye in the early 2000's.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #151 on: Apr 18, 2018, 03:25 PM »
Anyone know if there's good ice on the Holcombe backwaters, I'm thinking Cranberry or the west side off Pine Point away from the channel?  If not how far north does one have to drive from La Crosse to get to something workable?
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #152 on: Apr 21, 2018, 11:22 PM »

I was ice fishing today, 24 of ice, bottom 12 was hard clear ice. And this particular lake has a history of not making a lot of ice. I did catch a limit of nice crappie, it was a beautiful afternoon on the ice, near 60* no wind. I was the only person on the lake. I think everyone else has thrown in the towel. Hayward area lake plenty of ice fishing yet.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #153 on: May 01, 2018, 09:37 AM »
How are those Hayward area/Sawyer county lakes holding up this week? I was on the dairyland flowage this past Saturday, still 24" of ice there. Planning on heading up to Namakagan for opener Saturday, hopefully ice fishing. Anyone else trying to get on the ice for opener??
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #154 on: May 02, 2018, 11:40 AM »
There is still ice but very dark and spooky looking. It could be 20" of floating slush with this 70 days lately. In my opinion ice fishing is over, time to get the boat ready. I think the ice will be all gone in less than a week now. Here is a live webcam from lake Namakagon, and one from cheif lake on the chippewa flowage.
http://www.lakewoodsresort.com/lodging/webcam/  (scroll down for webcam)

https://www.patslandingresort.com/web-cam/   (scroll down for webcam)

Here is a couple more.
https://www.minocqua.org/about-the-area/web-cams/

http://greatnorthernmercer.com/web-cams/

















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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #155 on: May 04, 2018, 01:24 PM »
I posted these pictures on the general board also. I took these pictures a few minutes ago Friday May 4th 12:15 pm. Tomorrow morning is the opener.
Lac Courte Orielles and Grindstone DNR boat landings near Hayward.





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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #156 on: May 10, 2018, 11:01 AM »
We went from this......



to this in about a day....



Launched my boat on Sunday and water temps were already in the 50's.



Walleyes were spawning and the Perch were on the edge of spawning.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #157 on: May 11, 2018, 09:33 AM »
that dock didn't skip a beat.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #158 on: Jun 08, 2018, 07:58 AM »
Approximately 6 months until first ice. Water temp here is now up to about 64 We still had ice on the big lakes for the opener May 5th.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #159 on: Jun 08, 2018, 08:13 PM »
Thanks for the update Erik. Now I'm retired I'll be all over that...  :thumbsup: :bow: :thumbsup:
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #160 on: Jun 12, 2018, 11:01 AM »
Hope the summer is going well for everybody, if the cool temps of this summer remain, we could be on the ice by September!

180ish days to go.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #161 on: Jul 10, 2018, 01:32 PM »
Just got back from my place and a trip up to Bayfield to see the Apostle Islands. Water temps are about 80 by me. The only thing ice related I did was wash my atv.












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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #162 on: Jul 10, 2018, 05:40 PM »
Hah! I deer hunt on Madeline. Have for decades... When I left last November just before Thanksgiving I was waiting for the ferry and snapped this:



Pretty stiff wind...  :o And cold too.
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #163 on: Jul 12, 2018, 07:52 AM »
I am leaving for my annual musky fishing trip to Canada in 9 days. My highlight of summer.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #164 on: Jul 12, 2018, 10:26 PM »
I am leaving for my annual musky fishing trip to Canada in 9 days. My highlight of summer.

Good fortune erik! Smoke a 50"! What's your destination? LOTW?
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #165 on: Jul 19, 2018, 03:11 PM »
LOTW N.W. Angle
Last year I caught 5, 46" biggest, we landed 13 muskys in my boat between 3 of us. We usually see some 50"s but they are smart fish. About 6 or 7 years ago we boated a 51-1/2"
It is still a lot of fun catching 40" - 45" fish.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #166 on: Aug 01, 2018, 02:36 PM »
Hah! I deer hunt on Madeline. Have for decades... When I left last November just before Thanksgiving I was waiting for the ferry and snapped this:



Pretty stiff wind...  :o And cold too.

My best friend and his dad do as well. Ever hear the story about a home owner having his house and the truck who towed it sink through an ice road?

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #167 on: Aug 15, 2018, 02:58 PM »
I NEED ICE!!!
It has been so fricking hot and humid this past week or so it is killing me.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #168 on: Aug 15, 2018, 06:12 PM »
My best friend and his dad do as well. Ever hear the story about a home owner having his house and the truck who towed it sink through an ice road?

Now that's interesting... I'd like to meet your friend and his dad. I'll catch the bar tab. Can you set a meeting? I'd be indebted...  ;D

Yes, almost everything heavyweight get transported during the winter because it's cheaper than paying the ferry freight. And yes, some of those deliveries find the bottom, some 200+ FOW between Bayfield and the Island. Not an inexpensive recovery. And we all know how the WIDNR views stuff at the bottom of any lake.

Seriously 52, I'd love to meet these guys. Either here or, better yet, up on the Island in November. If you can set this up, ahhhhh, don't know how far I'd go but I WOULD be (deeply) indebted. PM me to fine tune. Thanks 52!

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #169 on: Aug 20, 2018, 09:14 AM »
I'll find out where they stay up there and let you know.  There's only what, 2-3 restaurants on the Island, so odds are you guys have crossed paths already.

Side note, was up in Vilas last weekend, I ran into the Eagle River Musky Open. Jesus H, I went to launch my boat on Sat morning, there were 25 rigs in the lot on Palmer. I'm like, **censored**??"...then it hit me. No musky for my, just fished pannies.

We got a ways to go before ice, but there's a chill in the air come nightfall.


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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #170 on: Sep 13, 2018, 08:34 AM »
Took a day trip Monday/Tues up north to drop off a garden tractor at the house. Musky fished for 4 hours Tuesday. Water temps are slowly falling....66. Leaves are just starting to turn. Sugar Maples are starting to turn red.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #171 on: Sep 13, 2018, 09:20 AM »
Took a day trip Monday/Tues up north to drop off a garden tractor at the house. Musky fished for 4 hours Tuesday. Water temps are slowly falling....66. Leaves are just starting to turn. Sugar Maples are starting to turn red.

I was wondering if you were the same guy on LL or not, that answers that lol  ;)
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #172 on: Sep 19, 2018, 11:16 AM »
I was out Sunday 9/16 water temps were still in the low 70's we actually went swimming it was so fricking hot out. About 2 more months and small ponds should be freezing.
52 that is a nice Helix 7, I just bought a Helix 10 this summer and love it. I wonder how the mega side imaging would work under the ice? You could mount it on some type of stick and turn it, it would be like a Panoptix?

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #173 on: Sep 19, 2018, 01:39 PM »
Erik, I don't have SI on mine. Its just GPS and Sonar.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #174 on: Sep 19, 2018, 01:40 PM »
I was wondering if you were the same guy on LL or not, that answers that lol  ;)

I think I'm the only one who posts about Land O Lakes. LOL

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #175 on: Sep 19, 2018, 06:15 PM »
@erik: Yep on the SI on ice. A simple stick on the transducer lets you spin it 'round to see out as far as you've got it set for. I got the last gen 899 CI SI combo dirt cheap with exactly that thought. It will do double duty as a bow mount on the boat, especially valuable when working open water muskies.

@ 52: Land'O... That's why I asked about my buddy that goes up frequently  ;D. Not much traffic up that direction. Soon I'll be within easy striking distance. Ever do Harris Lake in that neighborhood?

Last weekend @ Eagle River I had water temps from a low of 69 warming back to 71/71 depending on where on the chain you were.
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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #176 on: Sep 21, 2018, 09:03 AM »
Going down in the 30's tonight. I actually built a fire last night in my wood stove. It's coming.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #177 on: Sep 21, 2018, 10:32 AM »
"Ever do Harris Lake in that neighborhood?"

I barely leave Palmer/Tenderfoot during open water. During ice, I just ride my atv over to the Cisco Chain. I've never fished Harris.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #178 on: Oct 08, 2018, 08:41 AM »
Went fishing yesterday water surface temp was 54.
Not getting out of the 40's all week and down to 26 Thursday night.
The water is cooling off quickly.
39 is the magic number! That is only 15 more degree's.

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Re: northern wisconsin reports
« Reply #179 on: Oct 11, 2018, 08:05 AM »
We were up with my daughter and 2 of the grand kids. Weather was lousy, but looks to be getting worse. Water temps were low to mid 50's.  My wife woke up saturday morning and found 26 turkeys in the backyard.







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