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A week of contrast was the only way to describe the fishing scene on Lake Winnebago and Lake Poygan this week. The brutal “polar vortex” took air temperatures to 25 below zero, but by the weekend the air temperature rose to above freezing, creating a 50 degree swing. Ice depths continued to explode this week, with an average of 20 inches of ice on most of Lake Winnebago and Lake Poygan. Water clarity is clear.

The cold weather harden the snow on the top of the ice, and the rains later in the week shrunk those snow packs. There is little difficulty traveling on the ice surface, and some areas of the lake it would be advisable to have cleats or creepers for your boots to prevent slipping or failing while walking on the glare ice.

Many anglers avoided early week fishing trips due to the extreme cold. They made up for it over the weekend, as anglers were out in huge numbers. Success and failure was partial due to which part of the lake you were fishing.

Read the full report on myfishingpartner.com.

More on ice fishing: Ice fishing news from around the state | Your ice fishing photos | Build a map | Read ice fishing reports

Read more posts from Mark Schram.

Mark Schram is an avid tournament fisherman, focusing most of his efforts on the Winnebago System in East Central Wisconsin. Mark's blog will focus on the current fishing conditions and selected topics related to the Lake Winnebago region, outdoor sports and life in general. As an angler, he ultimately strives to educate new and established fishermen on the joys of nature. Mark is the founder of www.myfishingpartner.com, a published outdoor writer and an active member of many fishing organizations including the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #182).

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