Wednesday, January 12, 2011

deep lake illinois and silver lake wisconsin

Deep Lake is located in Lake County, Illinois and we have heard some mixed reviews on this body of water for this current ice fishing season. There has been a lot of talk about a major weed kill and that the fish have been hard to find and pattern. Fished the lake on Saturday morning and was lucky to find a nice pocket of weeds with some access to some deeper water. The deeper water was actually giving up some of the smaller fish caught that morning. Once the switch was made to the shallows I ended up with some bigger gills and a nice 10 inch crappie.

Switched gears in the afternoon and headed to Silver Lake located in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Looked for some night bite crappie and was able to manage a couple dandy crappies after dark. Fished in 15 feet of water straight out from the public launch. For the most part it was a light bite all day and fish seemed more eager to take spikes then the waxies.

illinois + wisconsin panfish


  1. Nice work! Those are some solid crappies.

  2. Blake
    Those are some nice crappie and gills. I know you put those in the frying pan. I can't wait for 60 degree water to start after the crappie on the our local lake. Thanks for sharing

  3. Nice slabs. I have been looking for some better gills but have had very little luck. Catching tons of small ones though...just about everywhere I go.

  4. You should think about heading up north sometime! The panfish have been awesome on the chain this year...