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2018/01/22 20:37:03 (permalink)

LAKE WILHELM 2018

Had the entire lake between the causeway and I-79 today. Geeeez, talk about giving a guy a complex, not another sole to be seen anywhere. So anyway, I hit the ice bright and early sometime after noon and played bore-a-hole, bore-a-hole everywhere, until just before 6:00 PM. Was a great day to be out and about in the Pennsylvania Wilds although, some places were a bit questionable.

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That's liquid ice I took a picture of with me standing in the middle of it. But hey, now I know my huntin boots is water proof. But Wait, even more funner is seeing bubbles coming from the other side of 8" of ice. What 's up with that?

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Must say, hauling my stuff around the lake was a dream with no stupid snow to drag the sled over.

Wasn't a spectacular day of catching but the action was just enough to keep me from stomping my feet while screaming STUPID FISH!!!

Looking forward to getting the weather, the next two days, into the history books and see colder temps return so I can get back out on the ice. Not a problem with water on both sides of the ice but the wind may be a bit more than I care to fish in.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/22 20:50:39 (permalink)
Wait..... I ain't finished braggin yet!!

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Still not enough to invite home for dinner.


OK now, yinz can go.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 09:56:26 (permalink)
OK I know my secrete will be safe on this board but yinz keep it under your hat anyway cause, ya know I don't spotburn.  I told them guys on the other board I was goin fishin someplace else when I really sneaked over here for some relaxation and enjoying my back yard in Penn's Woods.  So here's wassup to date.
 
Once again I had the entire area between the causeway and I-79 alllll to myself.  Which is the second time this week and probably because everyone else is fishing at the other end of the lake and that is where the stupid fish are biting. Well, I still had a enjoyable time and to heck with all those other guys cause they missed out on some free food.  I thought what a great day for a tailgater on the ice so I stopped at one of those on the way gas/convenience stores and picked up some wings.  Bought plenty of extras too, in the event some friends might stop by for some good ole conversation.
 
Was all set by 3:00, holes drilled, ice cleared, tip-ups rigged and set at various depths along with rod rigged with a spring bobber placed precisely with in reach of my lounge chair, inside a cozy ice shanty.  Minutes turned to hours and hours turned to empty wings containers and a hoagie wrapper including two packets of Italian dressing.  Darkness warranted the removal of the tip-ups and by 9:30 all was packed neatly hap hazard, in my vehicle, for the trip home.
 
Can't wait to get back out on the ice today, but this time I'm going to sneak down to the other end of the lake just to see wassup in that area.  Should of been on my way by now but it's taking the Imodium AD longer, than I had hoped, to take affect.  Stay tuned for up coming events.
 
Oh yeah, I did get lucky.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 10:00:06 (permalink)
Be careful john reports of the shoreline eroding at the dam end. May need to take a plank!
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 10:02:52 (permalink)
Thanks Dave, hadn't heard that.  May have been caused from waves I created stomping my feet and jumping up and down on the ice at the other end.  Stupid fish!!!

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 10:43:12 (permalink)
Lol join iceshanty.com you need like 3 posts then you can see the lake reports page.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 11:38:06 (permalink)
Already a member..... forgot my stupid user name.
 
I did notice cracking sounds coming from around the concrete as I walked from the boat launch onto the ice off of 3 yesterday.  No doubt the ice has lifted somewhat as it floats on the rising water.  I'll just have to remember to "take two giant steps" and "no baby steps" when I step from shore onto the ice.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 11:42:01 (permalink)
I checked chestnut last night. Didnt venture too far before it was crusty and crunchy. I decided to wait until i have my pfd before i ventured any further.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 12:14:04 (permalink)
I hear you, I do.   Figured IceShanty user name out, that sight seems a PITA to navigate, any way to bypass all the hooey I'm not Interested in?

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 15:43:51 (permalink)
Not Good........😭

South shore directly across from launch 4.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 15:52:20 (permalink)
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Launch 2
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 16:22:05 (permalink)
Tracks in the snow are those from my sled coming and going last night. Since then the ice has heaved from the lake rising.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 16:42:04 (permalink)
But where there's a will there's a way........ gone fishin!!!


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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 20:23:52 (permalink)
Awww launch 2 ... my main launch 👍👍

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 22:17:45 (permalink)
Steve I thought about sitting in my sled and pushing myself over to the ice but I didn't have a launch permit for the sled. Stupid launch permits.

Did find accessible ice, though the first 5 steps made some funny cracking sounds. It was only three steps coming back....three 'GIANT' steps.

Some food for thought to those venturing out tomorrow. Shoreline ice might be passable due too sub-freezing temps tonight. But returning to shore may be different when the sun pops up and the temps approach 50.

I thought last night, the ice was making weird sounds but that noise, was nothing like this evening.😱

Tomorrow may be a good day to check out Pymie.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/25 23:34:07 (permalink)
BTDT .... now that was funny ( 3 steps back ) bigggg steps 😜👍... I’ll just wait it out a few more months bud ... lol. Be careful out there guys !!

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/26 00:24:57 (permalink)
Give me three steps Mister.... Three steps Mister....... Give me three steps toward the shore. Give me three steps Mister..... three steps Mister and I'll fish here noooo more.

Hmmm, you known there may be a song in there.


I'm thinkin, there may be some brain freeze as well.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/26 11:19:59 (permalink)
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Give me three steps Mister.... Three steps Mister....... Give me three steps toward the shore. Give me three steps Mister..... three steps Mister and I'll fish here noooo more.

Hmmm, you known there may be a song in there.


I'm thinkin, there may be some brain freeze as well.
. Lol ... now stop it , just spit my morning ( almost noon ) coffee out laughing 👍😜

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/26 14:34:30 (permalink)
BTDT .... hey bud , ya didn’t happen to be on the ice up by 79 were ya ? Had to go to Meadville this afternoon and came back through Sandylake ... noticeed a hut on ice kinda back in the bay near 79 , told wife hey BTDT is out on ice she said how you know that told her cause he fishes alone 😜👍👍

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/26 20:27:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/01/30 09:08:15
Ummm shhhhhh, no spot burning but yes and, not me in the hut. Was a gorgeous day on the ice, absolutely gorgeous.

Like a beagle speaks to the hunter so spoke the ice to this hard water angler. Pops, gurgles, whine and shivers made for a great morning of ice fishing. That is, until the sun rose high in the sky and warmed the surface bringing silence to the restless frozen lake surface.

Would not have been the best time to introduce a newbie to the sport unless you wanted an excuse, to leave early. But to the seasoned ice angler, twas music to the ears.

Tonight will certainly be a time to visit the frozen lakes for those who want to hear. As the night time temperatures fall below freezing and the ice once again expands, should not be difficult to hear, as the ice sings her song.

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Another fun fact about ice fishing....

Sometimes You get lucky....... I catched some stupid fish!!! The hole is 8" in diameter. Imagine the look on my face when those lips poked through the ice.


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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/26 20:54:43 (permalink)
Well I no tell anybody .... lol. But that is a nice ole bass bud 👍... that lake has some nice bass for sure. Wife and I were down by dam one night last year just looking for some crappies , she set the hook and I knew it wasn’t a Crappie from watching the fight , told her hold on I’ll get the net ..... Yepper Mr. bass was netted 😜😜👍
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/01/29 19:38:19 (permalink)
Pretty sure there was only one dummy fishing today 'cause I did not see another person on the lake for as far as I could see across the ice.

Shoreline still iffy for the first few steps in some areas but not nearly as bad as the past few days. Least not in the area I skated around on today. Geez a guy could have traveled from the marina to the dam and back on ice skates if they so desired. Wouldn't have been a bad day to have some ice cleats attached to my boots today, which I didn't 'cause I do not own a stupid pair..... of cleats.

I fished shallow then deep, then deeper, then shallow, then the rains came, then I went home cause whoever said "fish bite better when it rains" is a dang liar.


That's not clouds dropping to the horizon that's clouds dropping rain on me. Stupid clouds.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/06 20:57:01 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/02/07 10:51:00
Got to do a little fishing today on my most favorite lake and caught somthing that somebody said was a fish!!! Kept catching em too, so I invited a few home for dinner.

Yinz know I don't spot burn but the fish I was catching was in 16 ft of water and was fishing about a foot off the bottom with small fatheads.

Hits were fairly agressive but as expected with Perch, they would come and go.

Converted a Humminbird DX 200 to use for ice fishing, (my 1993 Wide Eye model seemed to be on it's way out) and marked a lot of fish between 8' and the bottom. Fish were coming and going all day. Sometimes a single fish, or several in a school and other times, larger fish could be seen with clouds of bait fish.

Few other anglers on the ice but I didnt get a chance to find out how they were doing.

Ice was 10" and definitely no problems with shoreline ice. A couple inches of snow covered the ice but that is suppose to change by tomorrow night with more snow in the forecast.

Can't make no promises but I'm going to do my best and get back out on the ice, bright and early tomorrow afternoon.

Wish me luck 😏
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/07 08:50:42 (permalink)
Congrats on the catching, BTDT.... I'm sure you enjoyed your hard earned dinner last night!
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/07 11:04:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/02/07 13:34:31
Thank you very much Fisherlady but no fish for dinner last night, I had to place the little buggers in the fridge to thaw them out so I can fillet em.  Only 6 accepted my invitation so it shouldn't take long to prepare dinner but,  tonight's....... the night 
 
 
Thanks again, I appreciate it.

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/07 13:14:32 (permalink)
Don't stay out there too long!!!

"Fair winds and following seas..."
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/07 14:58:00 (permalink)
Ha haa Opsman that's some darned good advice.   Not gonna find me traveling to play on the ice today, or should I say snow,  I stayed home and did that.  
 
I was outside plowing the white stuff that was dropped off in my driveway sometime during the night and the wind, would kick-up causing a whiteout so bad, I made a wrong turn...... three times! 

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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/13 22:39:09 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/02/14 09:35:18
Been busy drilling holes the past three days and been catching fish too. Today (2/13) was goodest day out of the three with temps in the mid thirties, very little to no wind, sunshine and, ice like glass.

Great day for taking a walk on the ice and getting in some good exercise. With no snow on the ice, dragging your junk on a sled was a breeze. I took advantage of the situation and treked to places typically not accessible over the frozen tundra, short of having a snow mobile, dog sled or really really big drone to drop your asz on the ice somewhere.

My first leg of the trip I traveled to here.

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From the boat launch wayyyyy over there.

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Then when I found out there was no fish way over there, I turned around and traveled back. Not to worry, I had my Navionics phone app so I just followed the route, to get back to the boat launch.. Priceless!!!

Had fun catching fish too. Not Crappie, Perch or any fish like that mind you. Did ya ever notice how fast them little fatheads can swim in a bucket when ya forget your minnow net?

As yinz know, spot burning ain't permitted so I can't tell ya where but ya don't have to use a chartreuse ice jig (1/32 oz) tipped with a whole minnow to catch Perch. Just pinch the head off the little buggers and impale it on the jig hook. Don't use the live ones for this fishing trick, you might need them for Crappie. Besides, the dead ones are much easier to catch without a net.

Good times and tight lines.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/14 21:08:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/02/15 08:39:33
Today I'm sad to report the ice at Wilhelm is looking a bit weathered. At least the surface is, having lost that mirror shine and much easier to navigate without cleats. Pools of water were forming and growing larger as the day grew on.

Plenty of solid ice but with the warmer night time temps and plenty of rain in the forecast the ice will certainly melt, inch by inch until finally giving way, to anglers in botor moats.

Fished til 5:30ish when the sprinkles began and by the time I was loaded up and trucking, fog was rolling in with heavier rain.

Pretty sure with virtually no cold weather in the forecast and upwards of an inch of rain over the next two days, die hard ice anglers will be 'walking the plank' to gain access to the ice.

Perch was the fish of the day for me but nothing, to write home about.

Guess the next few days will be spent cleaning and storing my ice fishing gear then it's off to preparing, for ice out.

I'm so happy.


Spring is certainly in the air as seen in trickles of water created by the snow melted from the warming temperatures. Add rain to the mix and those trickles will become streams, running into the lakes quickly increasing water levels, lifting the ice as well as flooding the shorelines making ice access difficult and dangerous.
 
Fish safely and tight lines.
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Re: LAKE WILHELM 2018 2018/02/23 02:13:10 (permalink)
So just airing out my brain but whats the thought on putting chain pickerel in the lake . I always hear about the glory days of the lake and a fish that was prevalent was pike which are now extinct in the lake for some reason. I just cant help but feel those slimy dudes could do quite well with the shad/help thin out some of the stunted fish . The better crappie in this lake are more often the whites which can feed on shad once they become of size .
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