Winter blast brings solid ice fishing; crappies and bluegills prime targets

Cory YarmuthWinter has hit us hard here in Illinois and with the snow and cold has come ice. The lakes are frozen solid and the surface is just begging to be drilled in search of fish.

The lakes are solid at 8 inches of ice and there is not time like the present to get out and make the best of it. There has been a great panfish bite going on around the northern Illinois region and I have been sure to take advantage of it.

Armed with some new ice jigs and plastics there have been many a crappie or bluegill that has fallen victim and ended up on the ice.

Remember to be safe and be smart when out on the ice. Don't take risks but make sure you have some fun out there.

Something to keep in mind is that you don't have to keep everything that you catch. Use some selective harvest and let some of those big fish go. Keep only what you need and let the others go so you can make sure that you will be able to catch them next year.

Stay warm and have some fun! Ice is here and it is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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