The harsh grip of winter seems to be slowly fading. Although winter took its time to show up, it did seem to last for a very long time. The extension of winter has allowed ice anglers to get one last crack at the late season ice action across the entire peninsula.
As a professional ice guide who relies on the ice as a medium to do business, it is crucial to have a safe and stable ice pack on Green Bay. The ice pack enveloped the entire bay of Green Bay to about Sister Bay. This year is one of best years I have seen in a while for ice. There are still regions in the bay with 24 inches of ice.
The optimal ice conditions this winter allowed anglers to target deeper off shore structure. This allowed for limit catches of whitefish and perch. This winter was one of the most successful winters I have ever seen for those who hit the hard water. The late ice action will offer ice anglers trophy opportunities at walleye, pike, and brown trout.
As the warmer days continue the ice will begin to deteriorate. I cannot express how much caution must be taken at this time of year. I have a couple tips for late ice safety. Try to avoid shallow reefs, points or other shallow underwater obstructions, as this is the first ice to go. Look at the ice, if it appears pitted or looks like a “honeycomb” avoid it. The strength of that ice is very weak. Finally never go out alone, bring at least 100 feet of rope and just use common sense. As I say, fishing and swimming are two different sports!