Nick, you did a great job finding good fish for everyone. Wished I woulda brought at least one rod and my flasher for the short time I was there. But it was good to meet y'all face to face.
I got a hankering for some pannies now. Might have to look for some tomorrow.
I had the same experience today. Tons of little gills and very few big ones pike were not going on anything on tip ups today though. Wasn't fishing your area but figured I'd chime in. I had anywhere from 17-29 inches of ice with some water on top ice is great yet.
Still plenty of good ice on Bartlett Lake today. 16" where I was at. No standing water on the ice yet. The shorelines were in good shape, too. Too bad it will probably all be trash by Tuesday.
The bluegill were biting well this morning, but for every decent sunny I had to throw back about eight potato chips.
The Northern were slamming tip-ups baited with shiners. Too bad for me I brought suckers. I caught a couple Northern, and a 16" largemouth as well. I would have liked to get out to the airport lake tomorrow morning (after a trip across the river to get some shiners ), but I have other things to do. The backwaters around Winona will just have to wait until next December.