Aux Pleins wrote:Yes the lakes are worth it. I use an 8inch, never been checked for auger size and I think the 6" rule is almost everywhere. No flag system, but there is a hotline #. Or just go fishing till they come out and tell you to leave, been there done that. Gets weird before spring when some lakes have 8inches and others a slushy 3inches, then they shut it down completely. Then repeat step #1 and go fishing till they tell you to leave.
Darkstar72 wrote:So since we're gearing up for ice
Rambler, give it a try Basscaster hosts a nice event at his lake house and other WCF events. Ice fishing is more of a social outing and folks are generally willing to let you bum a jigging rod or pull a few flags. Of course you need serious winter boots and clothing, etc... For 20 years I held off on ice fishing and now I really enjoy it. The key thing is to sweet talk one of your ice fishing buddies to take you ice fishing vs. spending $ on more crap.Rambler wrote:I just don't get fishing on solid water.
LZ Rascal wrote:The only lakes in Lake County where ice fishing is allowed when posted as open is Banana Lake in Lakewood FP), as noted IG South Bay and Sterling Lake. I tried Banana once, but nada. Also, it may take some time for them to designate the lakes as open to fishing. I think they much error in the safe side and wait for more inches. You'll notice Cook just posts fish at own risk and recommends 4 inches as minimum safe ice.
When conditions allow, ice fishing is available at Banana Lake at Lakewood, Sterling Lake at Van Patten Woods, and the South Bay at Independence Grove. A 4.5-inch layer of ice is required for ice fishing. Shanties and shelters are permitted for day use, only two poles are allowed, and holes must be drilled six inches or smaller. All other fishing regulations apply. Independence Grove is open daily from 6:30 am to sunset for ice fishing. Van Patten Woods is open weekdays from 6:30 am until one hour past sunset for ice fishing, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:30 am to sunset. All state of Illinois fishing regulations and licenses apply.
Aux Pleins wrote:Busse all frozen with a white blanket fresh powder in the trees is more beautiful than it is any other season in my opinion. Nothing better than having the woods or the lake to yourself. Maybe it is the hush, the peacefull quietness of it all you don't get often in the loud buzzing of nature in the warm summer months. Maybe it's the over stuffed fish that are often most colorful and most robust early winter. I don't know actually what it is, those are merely guesses. Maybe more seasoned ice anglers could chime in.
Rambler, what I am getting at is, hardwater is something you relate to more than you think.
Skifish1 wrote:Ice fishing is incomparable to open water fishing. If you like cold and snow and being outdoors then trudging around and popping holes, scanning around at your tip-ups, or sitting over a hole with a rod is fun. Getting real cold? Go drill some more holes or move another 1/2 mile away.
catchafew wrote:Rambler, give it a try Basscaster hosts a nice event at his lake house and other WCF events. Ice fishing is more of a social outing and folks are generally willing to let you bum a jigging rod or pull a few flags. Of course you need serious winter boots and clothing, etc... For 20 years I held off on ice fishing and now I really enjoy it. The key thing is to sweet talk one of your ice fishing buddies to take you ice fishing vs. spending $ on more crap.
Rambler wrote:There used to be some nice lakes in the northern section of Moraine Hills - I think they were actually called "The Northern Lakes". Unfortunately they were fed from a quarry just outside the park and the quarry operator decided to shut off the water source.
The lakes dried up. Really too bad - there were some nice bass in there.
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