It’s good to be back! After a little November R & R with family and friends along with some time in the tree stand, we’re back on the water. Hard water that is… The boats are put away, augers are sharpened, and sleds are full of gear. After the way November rolled in with lots of cold and snow, it looked like we were in for another epic ice season. Moderate temperatures over the past couple of weeks have prevailed however, and we are at more of a “normal” pace right now in regard to ice making conditions. Inland lakes are covered up with anywhere from 6″ to 10″ of ice depending on the size of the lake, and light snow cover has made for excellent travel conditions either by foot, snowmobile or ATV. Josh Teigen and his buddy Acorn Armagost have been on the early ice bite and are reporting excellent walleye action on tip ups in 8′ – 12′ of water. Sucker minnows were the bait of choice as they landed 6 eyes up to 26″ along with 9 pike up to 28″ one evening. Those are some great looking fish and one heck of a way to start the season! Josh also reports some decent panfish action on crappies and bluegills in 10′ – 15′ of water. I don’t have any first hand reports yet from Chequamegon Bay, but they’ll be coming soon. I’ve heard that there’s quite a few folks fishing off the Ashland side of the bay and around Bono Creek as well. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted!!!