Have not ice fished Orchard, BUT summer time and spring are good from the boat. Gills are normally found just around the corner from the launch in the deep hole, the rest of the lake seems good for bass most of the summer. Some walleye are taken, although I have not fished there for them.
Yeah, I used to fish there in the summer. We got a couple nice pike out of there also. Lots of Bass and Gills also.
But, I don't understand why nobody goes there in the winter.
I may just have to try it out this year.
it IS fished during winter...Generally its in that 80 ft hole near the launch, Most don't bother as its a slow to freeze lake, same as Union lake. Those deep water lakes rarely get good ice in this area, last year was an exception to that rule..
I live right down the street from Orchard lake and i fished on it yesterday. If you see a pair of Green shanties out there its me. anyway there is 5 to 6 inchs of ice, last year it got up to 18inchs and i hope it doesit again this year cause i icefished that lake untill april (it was nice and warm) ,ok butany way its good fishing, there is 13" perch on a 30ft shelf, about 1 hour after dark with a minow, right out from the boat launch, there is crappie, pike and sunnies out to the right about 300 ft off shore infront of a tunnel. thats all and happy fishing, ill be out there almost every weekend.
Welcome to the site,,, that's quite a "first post".
I think you're gonna have all the "friends" you can handle out there, this coming weekend! I'm sure everyone appreciates, you sharing your knowledge of the lake,, I hope it doesn't come back and bite ya in the a$$. When those "magic" words appear,( 13" perch), some people go "crazy". LMAO.
with that note of (13" perch), just a hint, they are light biters, very light, and I only caught 7 last year, and there is alot of bait stealers, so hug the bottem and fend off the small ones. see ya out there
but i know what tackle to put the minow on to catch them, sorry family secret
Today I went out, i was on the ice and fishin by 2:30, fished in the 30 ft where perch are only got a nibble then moved couple times move but nothing by that time it was 5:30 so i headed in. Ill be out tommorw again with the report
it depends on the patch of ice ur fishin, orchard lake when it freezes has open water spots around the lake so when you drill holes in different areas it will vary in ice thickness but on the older ice its a good 6 inchs, i've been fishin that lake for 10 years
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