I had to refocus my eyes twice yesterday while fishing the Wisconsin River flowage here in the Tomahawk area. Not that the fish were biting light, actually it was just the opposite, but rather, for the first time this year I saw a truck drive out on the ice. Mind you it didn't come out far, but just to see someone doing it this early in the season was quite shocking. Regardless of how good your insurance is or how much your buddies bet you, I'd recommend waiting for at least a couple more inches before driving vehicles out. From what I've seen there's anywhere from six to 10 inches of good ice now.
The couple inches of snow we had over the weekend made for some easy walking. It just started snowing again here in the Tomahawk area, so this will surely change as they're calling for up to six - up to 12 inches is forecasted for the southern portion of the state. Good luck my south of State Hwy. 29 friends! Drive safe and get the snow shovels ready. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a slushy mess out there on the ice.
By all accounts fishing in the Tomahawk area this early-ice season has been spectacular. I've heard from many and already personally have had some amazing walleye action. Tip-ups and suckers in about six feet of water did the trick last night. If the suckers don't work tonight, I'll switch over to using large fatheads as sometimes the eyes get finicky. The panfish bite also has been spectacular. They were in the stumps yesterday but today could be in the channel, so just move around until you find the active fish. Actually ran out of waxies in only a couple hours of fishing.
Oh yeah, the other eye opener I saw yesterday was when a grown eagle repeatedly swooped down over a group of anglers who were fishing inside their portable ice shacks. The eagle obviously was looking for an easy meal. I just don't recall them being so brazen. Looks like this national economic crunch has finally gone to the birds.
Be safe, good luck and enjoy your Northwoods ice time to all heading out this week and upcoming weekend.