Ice fishing continues to be a safe or sorry combination, with safety continuing to improve as low temperatures dip to zero ratings overnight.
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“Limits of bluegills and perch were taken from the backwaters along the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers,” John Borzick of Tall Tales at Boscobel said. “Ice creepers (worn over boots) are recommended, although snow on ice improves traction than bare ice. Further success was achieved by staying away from the drilled hole and then using a longer pole.
Ice fishermen are warned of extreme shortages of certain gear and supplies. “I’m lucky to get 40% of my orders,” Borzick said. “Some of the larger stores have dropped out, which could help by freeing up smaller stores to stock up.”
“Supply remains a big issue,” Don Martin said at Martin in Monroe. “Getting 10% off an order is good sometimes. But I have plenty of jigs and bait. Spring fishing gear is another matter.
Trappers were also hampered by the uneven ice,” said Wayne Smith in the Yellowstone Lake area of Lafayette County. “Trapment on land is also difficult and many don’t get involved. Wisconsin coyote pelts are not requested.
“Orders are still an issue, which could also continue into the spring fishing season,” said Doug Williams of the DW Sports Center in Portage. “But the fishing has been pretty good if you can find good ice. Rabbits are also starting to appear. Also remember that while there is deer hunting season, blazing orange is the rule in these units.