Southeast Wisconsin ice conditions quickly improving with cold weather
All of this cold weather is getting people pumped up about getting out on the ice early. A word of caution though – several inches of snow is insulating the ice and anglers need to know that ice conditions are far from stable.
Local bait shops are reporting that smaller lakes have 3 to 5 inches of ice in PROTECTED bays. That makes for OK ice to fish on, but many area lakes have springs that can make those inches of ice rather suspect.
Make sure to carry a spud and test the ice every few feet to make sure the ice is still thick enough for foot travel. Always go with a buddy, wear a vest, and have rope ready with a flotation devise on the other end in case someone goes in the drink.
There is fishable ice. Pewaukee, Okauchee, Nagawicka, Big Muskego and other lakes are seeing some traffic in shallow areas, but the main lake basins are still off limits. Fishing has been slow and reports are that water is coming out of the holes being drilled.
The fishing is bound to pick up once these frigid temps pass and the weather begins to stabilize. It’s still too risky to take ATVs out and don’t even think about a truck yet.
We still have a few months to ice fish, and although early ice is often the best for fishing- take it east and be cautious.