The River is always a dynamic environment. Over the next week or so it will be more dynamic than usual. Single digit temps overnite last night froze a lot of quiet waters over with cloudy ice. Ice fishing is out of the question. single digits are forecast again tonite. Then things are supposed to warm up a little. ice formation in quiet waters will double in thickness overnight to just over an inch. Warming weather, a little wind and a steadily dropping river will move the new ice downstream causing a considerable--and mostly unseen--hazard to navigation. natural factors like ducks, buds on trees and falling river levels tell me we have had our last substantial winter event. Fishing success will improve considerably in the next few days. Weather is still gonna be on the cool side for mid to late march, but more important, river levels are getting down to reasonable levels. The next big variable is water temp. We're still at 31-33 degrees. Put the bait in front of fish and they will eat--but they will eat with more interest when the water temp warms to 36-38. Bottom line, we're gonna be moving into spring pattern. What works in the morning may not work in the afternoon. the difference between a few fish and a bunch of fish is a roll of the dice. Truly right place/right time scenario. Experience can be a blessing--or a curse.A lifetime of fishing this River has taught me the concept of "pre-fishing" for a trip is a total waste of time. this is especially true right now. Best plan is to just go fishing and see what the River will provide. Calling this River a mystery wrapped in enigma doesn't do it justice! She will reward you beyond your wildest dreams then humble you almost beyond redemption on back to back trips. The Mississippi River is my default reality check. Gonna saddle up and lock horns with her again in a day or two. No way I'm ever gonna dominate the contest. Just tickled to be in the arena!