COLUMN DAVIS: Cold and snow usher in winter’s warmest outdoor activities | Recreation
Ice fishing continues to be a safe or sorry combination, with safety continuing to improve as low temperatures drop to zero overnight.
“Limits of sunfish and perch have been taken from backwaters along the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers,” John Borzick told Tall Tales in Boscobel. âIce creepers (worn on boots) are recommended, although snow on ice makes traction better than bare ice. Additional success was achieved by staying clear of the drilled hole and then using a longer pole.
Ice fishermen are warned of extreme shortages of certain gear and supplies. âI’m lucky to get 40 percent of my orders,â Borzick said. “Some of the larger stores have given up, which might help by freeing up the smaller stores to get some supplies.”
âSupplies are still a big issue,â Martin’s Don Martin told Monroe. âSometimes getting 10% of an order is a good thing. But I have plenty of jigs and baits. Spring fishing gear is another matter.
The trappers were also hampered by the speckled ice, âsaid Wayne Smith in the Yellowstone Lake area in Lafayette County. âTrapping land is also difficult and many are not interested in it. Wisconsin coyote skins are not in demand.
âOrders are always an issue, which could also continue into the spring fishing season,â said Doug Williams, at the DW Sports Center in Portage. âBut the fishing has been pretty good if you can find some good ice cream. Rabbits are also starting to appear. Also, keep in mind that as long as there is a current firearms season orange blaze is the rule in these units. “