Many of the lakes in the area are finally locked up! Between the warm temperatures a week ago and the wind during the week everything was having a hard time staying closed. We're seeing more and more anglers out on foot across the smaller lakes where there is safe ice. The ice thickness across any given lake has varied a lot - in one place you may have 6 inches, and in the next spot there could be 2 inches. Overall we should see more anglers hitting the hardwater this week and into the weekend.
Fishing has bee hit and miss depending on where you can get out. It seems like the fish are there and biting, but it has been more about whether the ice is safe enough to get out to the "good spot. " As anglers are able to get out more easily this week we're expecting to hear some good panfish reports on these smaller lakes. Bluegill and crappie should be good targets moving into the weekend.
Most of the lakes that anglers like to target walleye on have been partially froze or unsafe so we haven't had any walleye reports yet other than from Red Lake. We had a couple groups of anglers chasing pike with tip-ups on some small water with some decent success over the weekend. We should have more information after a few days.