Lake Winnebago Area Ice Report 12/27/20


By Mark Schram

Quick update. Mild temperatures and stronger winds have hindered ice development on Lake Winnebago. Earlier this week, strong winds blew apart the existing ice layer, and waves ultimately broke down the remaining chunks of ice.  

The last several days have been average or below average in air temperatures. The lower temperatures have allowed a new ice sheet to form on Lake Winnebago, covering about 80% of the lake with an inch or two of ice.  

Lake Winnebago at Fond du Lac

Back bays have been moderately protected from the high winds but are still sketchy as to the ice’s consistency. On Saturday 12/26, a few brave souls were out on Miller’s bay and Asylum bay in the Oshkosh area, most of which stayed remarkably close to the shoreline. There is open water just outside of Asylum Bay.

Lake Poygan has some limited ice formation. However, there is a lot of open water in the Horseshoe Hole area. There seems to be a patchwork of ice sheets, which does not bode well for a lot of safety. To my knowledge, no one is fishing Lake Poygan right now.

Little lake Buttes des Mortes has some solid ice, reported as 4-6″. The area has had a lot of angler activity, with some small to mid-sized perch being caught. Throw a couple of tip-ups out for the occasional northern pike or largemouth bass. Overall, most anglers are struggling to produce any number of sizable perch.  

Long term forecast is for some positive ice development. However, a sizable storm is a forecast for mid-week, which could negatively impact the recent ice development.  

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