Going into the warm weather we had this weekend allowed time to be spent out lake hopping and doing some scouting for upcoming outings. The recent snow total from yesterday came to 10" of fluffy snow which will make traveling by four wheeler a challenge on the ice. Snowmobile travel is still the only means for me for the rest of the year. People are out with hard sided shacks and campers on many of the area lakes and traveling with pick up trucks on the ice.
Pike: The morning bite got off to a slow start with multiple flags turning out to be fish running out a couple feet of line and spitting the minnow as soon as tension was applied on the line. Mid afternoon fish had changed into chomping down and peeling plenty of line out and inhaling minnows with great hooksets to follow. Shallow barron shelves close to the deep basin was where we did our best all the way till dark. Medium shiners 1-2' off bottom under tip ups kept the guys running all day.
Crappie: Choosing to go out scouting proved to be a big pay off with checking out cribs I had marked in the past while open water fishing. I found them to be loaded with decent sized Gills and Crappies that had the smallest eyes I had ever seen on my Aqua Vu. I only fished one crib for an hour with a couple fish tearing off on the way up to the hole.
The weekend looks to be another great one to be out on the ice and not being cooped up in the house. Expect slushy areas where past holes were drilled, due to additional weight on the ice. Good luck and tight lines!!!!