Well, I'm happy to say that we have some new things to talk about this week. Ice fishing, in alot of ways, is a very static set of conditions. Things change on a day to day basis, and some spots will be better than others on any given day, but the patterns stay pretty static after early ice.
However, the relatively warm weather has presented some open water opportunities. The Wisconsin River is open early this year in the stretch by the Saukville Dam and the walleyes are biting. Shore fishing is still obstructed, but boaters dragging lindy or split shot rigs on a controlled drift over the deeper water are into some quality walleyes.
Alternatively, the near shore lake michigan area, especially by the river is open and the lake trout are starting to bite.
It goes without saying that you need to be extra careful if heading out in a boat with the extra low water temps right now, but at least you have some open water options.
Stay tuned, the spring runs are just around the corner.