Crazy April weather is making things interesting to post a fishing report!! There is still solid ice on the main lakes but getting out there can be tricky. I checked the launch on Lost Land Lake on Monday night and the ice was still 8-10″ thick on the shoreline but you can see lots of water flowing into the lake from the snow melt and creek inlets. I would have to think there could be thin ice out on some main lake spots due to the moving water. If you are planning on heading out to fish, make sure to check ice every few steps as it can change in a matter of feet. The tactics really aren’t going to change from here until ice out, but the lack of pressure should make for excellent fishing if you can get out safely right now.
Almost 50 and sun today should help melt the rest of the snow we got this past week. Next week is calling for a lot of rain, which should help knock this ice down a bit. I am still hearing around 20″ of ice on the main lakes, but the creeks and rivers are sure opening up. Getting onto the lakes can be precarious as I have heard some of the shorelines are starting to open up as well. If you are planning on heading out, make sure to be diligent in checking the ice all the way out to where you are fishing. Any moving water can cause thin ice that may not be noticeable on top so make sure anywhere near creeks/drainages/shorelines you are checking.