Tuesday, January 8, 2018
First ice, Every dog has his day
We have had a cold spell at Christmas 2017. The ice is finally formed and we headed out on the ice of Green Bay. Since this was our first trip we went past Green Bay and headed up the Door County side of Green Bay. The crew was Steve Hadden, Steve List, Whitefish Willy and Dave Rittenhouse. It was 20 degrees, cloudy, and no wind. The parking lot was full when we got there. Our spot was about a mile off shore in 28 feet of water. The ride out was nice as Steve has a new side by side with a heated cabin, neat.
There was about 18 inches of solid black ice where we set up and fish showed up on the finder as soon as I turned it on. It wasn't long and Steve said, "there will be no skunk today." as he had a whitefish on the ice. Soon Willy went into action and started to catch fish. I was just sitting there looking at a blank fish finder. Dave got restless and went after last years fish a little further down the bay. Willy went over by him and Steve List set up a little way from Steve and me. Steve continued to haul fish while I was struggling. He has 5 and I had 2. He kept it up and soon had his limit, I was a little short of my limit and had to keep fishing. The best bite was from noon to 2 o'clock. We picked up lines at 2:30 with 41 fish on the ice between the 5 of us. Not bad for a shakedown cruise and we don't want to hear any more whining from Steve about the fish not bitting for him. That "Old Dog" outfished us all.