Out on Lake Winnebago the ice in the bays continues to thicken but for whatever reason the main lake just doesn’t want to lock up. As seen in the MODIS imagery from NOAA there are still some bad spots up on the north end of the lake and as of yesterday, January 19, a 200-300 yard crack opened up along the west shore from Oshkosh to Menasha. It re-froze last night and today Jan. 20 there was about 2″ of new ice that will be covered by snow not allowing anyone to see where the old thicker ice and new thin ice meets. Hopefully we get another cold spell to thicken that area up otherwise the guys on the west shore are going to have a hard time getting out to the lake this winter. Over on the East shore and south past the mouth of the river, ice is in a lot better condition. It is very flat and varies in thickness from 6-12″ with the best ice being over in the Brothertown and Calumetteville area. Perch fishing is on fire right now in just about any bay you go to. The better fish I have been finding have been more on the south end of the lake near Black Wolf and Fond du lac. No walleyes as of yet but a few whitebass have been caught in the deeper water just outside the bays.
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If you are interested in receiving free fishing report text messages with ice conditions text “reelreport” to 41242. We will send out text messages once or twice a week with current info. Free of charge other than normal rates from your carrier.
Good Luck, Stay safe and dry!