Midwinter can be a tough time to have lots of success on the ice. To have really good days, anglers need to be prepared to move around and re-set up over active fish, now is that time.
Pike continue to bite, and will do so right up until last ice. The size of fish has dropped off a little over the last week, but anglers continue to connect with decent numbers of fish. Fish are starting to roam weedy, flat areas and having a wide spread to your gear is the best way to connect with active fish. While I have been recommending the use of larger live bait the last few updates, you might want to mix it up a bit now, baiting with different sized shiners to see what the fish are chasing. Our lakes have incredible baitfish populations, and shiners are one of the key forage species, but if the fish are keyed in on a certain size, they may not chase bait that is smaller or larger.
Panfish fishing has been somewhere between slow and slow the last twenty days. I would venture that most anglers are still trying to target them in early ice locations instead of looking for the suspended over deeper water. Look at a map, or remember your summertime structure fishing. Look for structure in 12-22 feet of water, chances are if you focus your efforts in these areas you will find fish. Electronics: flashers, graphs or cameras can really cut the searching time down. Right now I suggest drilling a series of holes around structure then going back for a look-see with you gear. Be ready to move around to find active schools.