I've never fished the Fox River near DePere, but I've seen some photos of the monster walleyes the fishery produces each spring. Sounds like you and your friend had a blast. Feel free to post pictures of any big "eyes" you catch this spring. I'd love to see some of those DePere hogs!
My brother recently moved to Washington and has been telling me about some of the walleyes he's been seeing coming out of the Colombia River. From what he's been saying, a 20 lbs. fish isn't that far of a stretch, and, he said, people have been catching fish weighing well into the teens. WOW!
Open-water walleye fishing here in the Northwoods might not be far off thanks to some warm weather and rain this past weekend - actually, I've heard some anglers are already boat fishing the Wisconsin River off State Hwy. 107. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the ice on the channel at the County Rd. A bridge on Lake Alice opened completely. I was pretty shocked to see this upon returning home after a weekend fishing trip, since I was cross-country skiing and snowmobiles were driving on the channel just last week! When I left Friday the ice on the channel was just starting to turn dark. Now the river is open nearly as far as the eye can see to the north and south of the bridge. Talk about a quick break up. The same is true at the Veterans Memorial Bridge (North Fourth Street) here in Tomahawk, although signs of ice deterioration started much earlier on Lake Mohawksin.
Vehicle travel on lakes was safe through this past weekend, but I wouldn't recommend driving on the ice anymore (this sounds kind of strange after talking about open water). It'll still be a while before area flowages and lakes are ice free, but the ice at the boat landings in many areas is really starting to break up. Looks like four-wheeler and foot travel from now on.
Wasn't able to find much for active perch while fishing Lake Metonga, Lac Vieux Desert and Pelican Lake this past weekend. However, I was able to catch my first musky of the year (25-inches) while fishing with tip-downs on Pelican Lake last night. Yes, I almost had to kick myself for not yet trying the bit with the cardboard we had previously discussed, Jeff. Fortunately, I was pretty close when the fish hit, so my rod survived to fish another day.
Be safe and good luck to everyone heading this week. Enjoy your Northwoods ice and open water time!