Fished from 8 AM until 1:30 or so on a clear water lake. A lot of panfish feeding in deep water on the surface would eat a gulp minnow but not much size. Worked some weed lines but they didn't hold fish, but I did find them on points in 8 to 12 feet. Once I found some hungry fish they would bite on a beetle spin and picked up 2 crappies and some blue gills. I few small bass in the mix but they didn't seem very active When I found fish on the points I caught as many as 10 in a row, but on some shore lines going spot to spot they was nothing. Was good to get out, only 3rd time this year and had no idea where the fish would be.
Crappie are starting to push out to the basins. Found them in shallower, 12-16 fow, last weekend and they pushed out into 22-26 fow lately (edge of a 30+ foot basin). Bite has been finicky so far this season, been tipping plastics with waxies just about every outing and already downsizing to a 4mm jig. I've had a solid 2-4" of good ice on most lakes with anywhere from 2-6" of additional garbage ice. Still been carrying a spud bar with me on lakes without any foot tracks yet, been an odd year all around for ice.
Slushy just about everywhere, pretty miserable if you don't have rubber boots and waterproof bibs.
Tight lines fellas!