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Lake: Jefferson Lake

Jefferson Road

Post By: Dgil1972      Posted: 1/7/2020 8:13:13 AM     Points: 1462    
First, thank you to those who have made the ride to Jefferson recently for the condition reports. Second, how big is the drift near the top? We are looking to make the run in the very near future and would like some idea of what to expect.

 Reply by: dasflikken      Posted: Jan. 7, 9:23:26 AM     Points: 5717    
I was in Jefferson last night, and it was a ground blizzard. Kenosha was closed part of yesterday due to wind. With that being said, last Tuesday the drift spot was fine, but could be way different now. If you go, let us know if it's changed. BTW, I've learned to have a backup lake whenever I try Jefferson just for that spot.. Good luck, hope it's still passable.
 Reply by: mxtsinclair      Posted: Jan. 7, 11:32:57 AM     Points: 72    
Do you have to have a snow mobile to access the lake or is an atv allowed?

 Reply by: Dgil1972      Posted: Jan. 7, 11:48:32 AM     Points: 1462    
Thanks for the info and I will report what we find. I generally assume the drift will be difficult and with the recent wind I'm sure it will be bigger than last week. Having a backup is a good idea.

ATVs are not allowed. The only motorized vehicle allowed are snowmobiles.
 Reply by: mxtsinclair      Posted: Jan. 7, 12:08:58 PM     Points: 72    
Dgil - Thanks for the info!
 Reply by: Pavelow      Posted: Jan. 8, 7:37:33 AM     Points: 0    
I thought they closed the gate to Jefferson Lake in the winter? Or am I mistaken?
 Reply by: Dgil1972      Posted: Jan. 8, 3:00:49 PM     Points: 1462    
They do, but you can get a snowmobile around it.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Jan. 9, 2:31:48 PM     Points: 806    
Can you ATV up to the lake, just not on the water??
 Reply by: adrenaline_junkie_ff      Posted: Jan. 9, 4:40:07 PM     Points: 7733    
See Dgill's post.
 Reply by: Dgil1972      Posted: Jan. 9, 6:28:07 PM     Points: 1462    
Four of us made the run today. The road is very well traveled, packed, and was mostly icy in the morning, but softened up in the afternoon. The big hairy drift is just a baby drift right now. The recent wind did not pile up much snow on it. There really wasn't much snow up there at all. The ice was over 16 inches thick and almost completely devoid of snow. Take and use your cleats. The ice is also harder than Chinese math. We had pretty hard wind until about 9:30am when it quit. We fished over 40-100 FOW and landed 14 fish. Most were on 2 1/2 inch white tubes tipped with sucker.
 Reply by: dasflikken      Posted: Jan. 9, 9:47:55 PM     Points: 5717    
Thanks for the report Dgil!