Same latitude as your turf but at the western end of the state yesterday. Water temps are around 40 on the big water but the small ponds are freezing or capped already. Birds are on the move big time including light and dark geese and swans.
Some small ponds that were partially open had a few birds on them that appeared to mostly be hooded mergs.
We had a spoony shoot with a few others mixed in. GWT and BWT (loner), gadwall, and buffleheads. We saw blue bills and golden eyes but no shots fired on them. 3 man limit.
Had fun diver hunting but my partners sucked at shooting worse than me. First flock I let them shoot and I dropped one it was a ringer and Finn chased that suck way out in the lake and around. Ended up with one merganser and my hunting partners never touched a duck.
In years past, Jack and other owners of the Landing used to keep the boat launch plowed next door. The last owners of the Landing didn't do it. I've asked several times while frequenting the Landing this summer/fall, and it sounds like they do not plan to keep the lot open either. Are there any other public launches on the lake that are regularly or semi-regularly plowed for people to park sled trailers?
Wow, I posted that information almost a decade ago. Those definition points I posted are not my opinion but if I remember correctly, I believe they came from the Hunting Handbook. As I posted....
• Crossbow hunters may not party hunt with firearms hunters.
• Crossbow hunters may party hunt with archery hunters if they
possess an archery license with a crossbow disability permit.
I'm not aware of any change in the law since then.
Made it out for 4 hours yesterday and all I caught was this 25" walleye and a 22" northern. Didn't have a bite in 2 hours last night and didn't see the people fishing by me pull up a fish. Water temp was 37.4°F and there was a lot of green globs floating in the water. Maybe that was from the water turning over (heaviest at 39.16°F). I will blame that for the poor fishing rather than my lack of fishing skill (which I know I have).
Hoodoo point landing (2nd photo) had a little shore ice and McKinley Park (3rd photo) was totally clear as was Stuntz Bay. With low temperatures in the teens the next 3 mornings I would expect ice to start forming along some shores. Pulled my boat out of the water but could easily put it back in if the lake stays ice-free and I get my buck early.