Anglers looking for panfish action should hit the ice now
As much as I want to get the long rods out and hit the open water, the ice just seems to call my name and I cannot resist the temptation to get out and drill holes. If you are new to the sport, now is a good time to wander the ice and talk to other anglers about the ins and outs of how we fish this frozen tundra.
Local lakes in northern Illinois are averaging between 6 and 12 inches of good firm ice and the fish are starting to cooperate for those of us that hit the hard water.
The recent warm ups and some rain have created some good run-off into the lakes, and this has pushed the panfish up to the shallows where they can be found with some moving and drilling.
There is just something about sitting on a bucket staring at a flasher while hovering over a hole in the crystal ice. So turn off the TV and hit the ice! The fishing is just getting better.