According to the latest "Liars Gazette" (Fishing and Hunting News) they have too much snow at Fish Lake to get a decent layer of ice.
The report did say some guys went out and had some good luck with Perch. The report also said they had to tie themselves off to the shore with rope because they didn't know if the ice would hold them. The ice was slushy and had a layer of water sitting on the surface.
I think that report is a bit outdated. I just talked with my buddies getting off Fish Lake right now and they pulled 105 perch+1 bullhead through the ice in 5 hours using eyes for bait. The ice is 5 inches thick with a layer of slush and deep snow on top. It's been in the single digits at night around here.
I donâ€™t know about Fish Lake but at Banks Lake there has been enough ice in the south end at the boat launch in Coulee City for a few weeks now. A few weeks ago there was over 5-inches there and now it has to be thicker. Yesterday there was even a few people out on the ice on the main lake in the south end but I will stick to the bays where I know the ice is thick enough.
By the way, they are catching some nice perch there by the boat launch in Coulee City at the south end of Banks Lake during the day.
Fished Fish lake Sat. The ice is deep enough but there is a layer of snow and slush on the surface. It feels funny walking on it because you break through the top layer into the slush and it feels like you are going through the ice. I saw maybe 25 groups fishing and not a lot of fish being caught. Threw the tackle box at them and finnally figured it out. They wanted gold. A gold and red Dick Nite twitched right off the bottom with the tail end of a worm landed us 4 limts of trout and about 25 perch a piece. The Perch were on the smallish side. Cleaning and filletting all the fish all but 3 were female.