Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Ice is too bad for fishing – head to the river instead

While late ice is often the best time for finding the best fishing action of winter, anglers around southeastern Wisconsin had better be REAL careful if they keep heading out.  People are catching fish, but the shoreline ice on most area lakes has melted to a point where hip waders or boards are needed to reach fishable ice.

I saw “fishable” ice, because I refuse to write “safe” ice. It just isn’t completely safe.  Yes, people who risk it are catching some nice bluegills right now, but I don’t think one last ice trip is worth it, even for a bluegill fish fry.

Instead of hitting the ice, why not avoid it and try one of the area rivers that are starting to open up?

The Fort Atkinson area of the Rock River is wide open and although people aren’t exactly slaying them, at least a person doesn’t have to worry about falling through the ice.  There are still ice chunks floating around down from the dam, making it tough to fish, but during the week the traffic isn’t bad so a person can usually find a place to cast.

The Wisconsin River is probably the next closest river spot and all areas from Sauk City to the Dells to Petenwell are open and people are catching a lot of small fish.  Jig and minnows are working the best.

If size is your thing, then De Pere is where you’re heading right now to duke it out with anglers in the other thousand boats who are casting big Rapalas.  Some people are launching at the metro launch, but not all launches are open.
Should be any day.

Yes, a 10-pounder is only a cast away at any time, especially at night, but it’s just too busy for this angler.  Personally, boats getting within 10 feet of me, just makes my blood pressure run too high.

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