I was out hunting this morning and there was quite a bit of ice. Even the river was skimmed over. I broke up ice for my decoys and an hour later it was skimmed up.
Any fisherman is really lucky to having several private shore spots to fish, especially at this time of year. I'm pretty sure both launches in Waterford are closed. In past years, I have launched late in the year up by the DNR launch (by iron bridge) but it can be tough there if pier is out or ice is around shallows. Except for locals, other boat traffic should be next to zero.
With present extended forecast, get the auger sharpened up.
I have access to several shore areas in the area. Calm or calmer water seems to be a key this time of year.i believe it allows the sun to penetrate the water better and warm up the mud bottom. Some weeds dead or alive are also necessary.
Good to know Gill. Windy today but managed about 15 keeper gills and crappies .many small ones ( under 8”). All the gills are Not in deep water.I got mine over a mud bottom in 4’ of water. Also 2 small pike around 20”. Nothing in AM, all after1 pm.
Just wanted to mention for you hard water fishermen. New bait shop opened in Big Bend connected to the gas station on 164. Rivers Edge bait and supply. Don't know how the bait is as I didn't know about it till I packed up my fishing for the year.