Well, we're on the eve of the 2018 WI general fishing opener and, there's not too much to report on! The Bay still has ice and many inland lakes have ice on them as of today. There are a few small lakes here and there that have opened up, but not many. The ice is really going fast now though with the warm temps we've been having.
The good news? There's LOTS of open water on the big lake out in the Islands and out of Saxon Harbor. Trollers have reported great fishing so far with lots of Cohos again this year. The water is cold out there, raging in the mid-30s in most areas. There's some off colored water to deal with too, but it hasn't seemed to bother the fish too much.
Steelhead fishing on the local tributaries is picking up too now that the run off has sort of slowed a little bit. Still some high and dirty water to deal with, but there are fresh fish showing up daily right now.
It might not be the classic fishing opener we all hope for, but there's plenty of fishing to be had.