Cold weather is building ice on the western basin and limited ice fishing is getting underway. There are reports of 6” of ice in the Bass Islands area. High temperatures in the ten day forecast as of 1/15/09 are all below freezing and ice conditions should continue to improve. Ice anglers should be very cautious with newly forming ice. Check with local ice guides or tackle stores before heading out. Remember that shifting winds can cause large cracks to open up between sheets of ice. Currents below the ice can also eat away at the thickness of the ice and cause thin areas that aren’t obvious from the surface.
When ice conditions allow the best walleye fishing is usually west of the Bass Islands between Green and Rattlesnake Islands, and also west of Catawba. Most ice anglers use jigging spoons or jigheads tipped with shiners fished near the bottom.