Ice Conditions Vary at Area Lakes and Bays - WBAY

Ice Conditions Vary at Area Lakes and Bays

Oshkosh -

The cold weather we've been seeing has formed a solid layer of ice on lakes and bays in the Lake Winnebago system.

With a frigid December, ice fishing is off to an earlier start this year at places like Asylum Bay near Oshkosh where the ice is thick enough for anglers to head out on foot.

"It's a place where I can walk out and park close to the fishing. The water is not too deep so you don't have to fish with a lot of line," said Steve Keune of Seymour.

Right now, ice reports show Lake Winnebago has a layer of ice between six and eight inches thick.

For Lake Butte Des Morts and Lake Poygan, the ice is about 10 inches thick.

Don Herman's been pulling vehicles out of the water around here for the past 30 years.

"We had an open hole Wednesday, we are monitoring it, it was way off the big island north side on Lake Winnebago, so I know it's froze over now, but there's probably only about two-three inches on it, so you just have to be careful," he said.

Herman also suggests that those heading out on the ice to be vigilant of the weather conditions, especially with the wind.

"Where-ever there's a current, you gotta kind of stay away from yet. We've had a lot of cold weather, but we've had a lot of wind also. So, the wind keeps it open if it's really cold..if it's really windy, it won't freeze," Herman said.

Those planning to head out on the ice this year can check with local fishing clubs in the area to get current ice reports.


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