Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area Ice Fishing began Saturday, December 14th.
Fisherman can access the lake from the Headquarters Area or Filbert Lane.
Morman Hill/Bird House Point will not be opened until 8 am local time on Jan 6th.
There There is no such thing as safe ice, conditions change constantly.
It is up to the individual to monitor ice conditions for their own safety.
Fishing may be suspended due to ice conditions at anytime.
The lake is 99% frozen at its present state.
Lake level is now at normal pool. So far the oxygen levels in the lake appear to be adequate. No fish kill predicted and NO limits will be lifted.
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The bluegill has five to nine vertical bars on its sides, a black opercle flat (ear) with no margin and a dark spot at the rear of it's dorsal fin.
Bait: beemoths, crickets, worms
Bluegill fishing has been slower through the ice lately.
Some limits being taken. Most anglers favor early morning or late evening.
More anglers are fishing the standing vegitation structure and open water.
Majority of fisherman are fishing the front of the lake.
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. The Black crappie has seven to eight dorsal spines, as well as some random blotches on it's sides.
Bait: jigs/small spinners/ live bait
Depth: 2 to 5 feet
Anglers are reporting catching only a few crappie here and there.
Jigs, spinners, and live bait are often used.
Crappie are often found in open water structure and around open water vegetation.
Sunfishes include some of the best-known fish in Indiana. Bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bass are all members of the sunfish family. On the largemouth bass, the upper jaw extends beyond back of eye, differentiating the fish from the smallmouth bass. The largemouth bass commonly reached six pounds.
Bait: variety of lures
Bass fishing has been good through the ice.
Most guys using tip ups are reporting catching a lot of bass.
Many bass being caught are in the 13 - 17 inch size class, under the legal size limit of 18".
The waters surrounding the MC Lighthouse Pier & harbor are still ice covered.
Area tribs are free from ice except in the pool areas where shelf ice is present.
Water temp was 32° F.
Just a reminder to all anglers fishing Trail Cr: No fishing is allowed within 100' upstream of the Trail Cr Sea Lamprey Barrier or downstream to the Pottawatomie CC Golf Course property line located adjacent to Springland Ave in MC.
Rainbow or steelhead trout
Ever popular among Indiana anglers is the trout family, which includes the brown, lake and rainbow or steelhead trout. Many fisherman can be spotted on the shores during spawning season when the trout begin their runs into the tributaries. Rainbow or steelhead trout have a white mouth, teeth and gums and small black spots on their backs, sides, and caudal and dorsal fins. The caudal fin margin of the rainbow or steelhead trout is square and the fish has 9-12 anal fin rays.
Bait: Tribs: Shrimp, spawn bags, N/C, spinners
Depth: Tribs: Deeper runs & pools
As water temps drop below 38°F, STT become sluggish & will seek out areas of slow moving water.
Most of the time, they will not move very far to chase down your offerings so that's why it is so important to keep your baits just ticking the bottom in the deeper holes/runs. Spawn sacs have been the most effective bait this year. It's important to match the size of the spawn sac to current water conditions. If water is stained or even muddy, your best bet is to use a larger sac, about the size of a quarter to half dollar. With clear water conditions, you will have better luck using nickel or even dime sized sacs. Another good way to catch STT is to use 1/32nd or even 1/64th oz microjigs tipped with a waxworm or two.