Pathway and I ventured up to Vega yesterday. We had thought about going elsewhere but the approaching storm caused us to stay closer to home (sure McFly). We had the lake all to ourselves, except for a lone coyote who made the trip across the entire lake south to north. The Parks web site stated there was 2' of ice. We beg to differ, the distance to get through is closer to 3'. If there were a couple of more inches, then we would not have been able to fish. There are three or four layers of ice with layers of slush in between. There is no slush on the top. The snow level getting to the ice is at least hip deep. But if you stay on the snowmobile routes, then it is not a problem.
The fishing was pretty consistent throughout the day. Early on we fished in 18' of water with most fish suspended at 10'-15'. Pathway iced 10 fish or so during the first 45 minutes and I managed a measly 3. Upon his suggestion we moved to a small point. Our first set of holes were at 30' and the fish were suspended at 12'-18'. Pathway caught several more fish and I again caught 3. After awhile we moved closer to shore and drilled another set (as in two) of holes. This time we were in 18' of water. Some of the fish were suspended but most were on the very bottom. It really didn't matter what we were using, everything seemed to be working. I did find out that after catching two or three I had to switch rods and show them a different lure. I rotated three rods during most of the afternoon. A small red blade bait, a silver/pink tube and a 2" chartreuse minnow? I fished in that third hole the rest of the day. It was beyond being on fire, it was just plain silly.
Between the two of us we iced around 90 and had over a dozen get off right at the hole. Most of the fish were in the 12" neighborhood with some 14"-16". Sadly though, while it was fun, I did earn the slimmer belt, probably for quite some time. So, who ever has it, please turn it over. Jerry? Russ?