This weekend I predict there will be plenty of fishing activity across the area lakes. If you’re headed out I recommend traveling on foot first. This time of year I always check ice thickness as I walk to my fishing locations. After I’ve checked the ice conditions and I’ve confirmed consistent quality ice the entire way, only then will I take an ATV or snowmobile on the ice.
My first fishing locations for ice fishing are almost always the same areas I fished last out of a boat. These fish will not have moved far from their fall locations. Early ice is an excellent time to get in on the continued fall feeding frenzy. I’ll be fishing crappie during the day near deep water in 15’-20’. As for the walleye, I’ll spend the last couple hours of daylight on a nice steep break near deep water. Walleye will be cruising these areas come night fall and the anglers that are ready will be rewarded.
I love early ice fishing, but please never take ice thickness for granted. I firmly believe it’s a very safe time to fish, as long as you check the ice thickness as you go. Once you’ve marked a safe path out onto the ice, grab the family and enjoy a great time.