This week's ice conditions improved from last week with ice reported between 6-8" everywhere around the lake with some spots with 10+ inches. With that being said we also had a warm spelled sweep through the area on Sunday with rain and warm temps causing the snow that was on top of the ice to melt. Since we have had cold temps the last couple of days that has frozen solid adding another layer of ice to what was already accumulated. Since there is no snow on the ice, the conditions are very slick so caution should be had. There have been a large number of people taking ATV’s and Snowmobiles out on the ice, although caution should be used when taking heavier equipment out on the ice.
The pressure this past week peaked on Saturday which saw a lot of anglers scattered throughout the entire lake both North and South. But with the warm spell on Sunday the fishing pressure dropped quickly with very few anglers being seen on Sunday as well as through the first part of this week. Even with the increased pressure on Saturday catch rates were still relatively slow. Once again perch angler reports of mostly smaller fish and very few quality sized fish coming out. The trout fishing on the South end of the lake near the city boat ramp and Blue Heron boat ramp has proved to be somewhat productive with some nice size trout being taken early this week.
This coming Saturday (1/24) the Hardwater Classic ice fishing derby is being held so pressure through the later part of this week into the weekend should increase significantly. Hopefully with this increased fishing pressure more quality size fish will be found and anglers will have a better idea as to where to focus their effort. Until then the best of luck to anyone out in search of perch through the ice.
Related to ice fishing, here is a picture from South Korea of what real ice fishing competition looks like.