My friend Bob and I headed out to one of our local hotspots this weekend to see if we could scare up some Crappies. I can't tell you where we went of course, but can say it was less than 15 miles from Ely and outside the Boundary Waters. After a short walk we arrived at our destanation around 5pm. The recent action has been best in late afternoon until dark.
As it got dark and we headed back to the car we heard both Great-horned and Saw-whet Owls singing from the shoreline woods. Ice conditions have been varied and often slushy this winter but were excellant this afternoon. With the recent thaws and some rain there was a crust that just recently turned from treacherously slippery to easily walkable. This is my favorite time of the year for ice fishing with the longer daylight hours and moderate temps, and having a meal of crappie filets doesn't hurt either.