Across the county, we still have good ice conditions with 10-12 inches on most of the lakes. However, with warm weather, longer days, and potential rain in the forecast, the days of ice fishing are coming to an end. We might squeek out one more weekend depending on what the rain does later this week. At this point, it is hard to speculate that far in advance. These next few days should be good though with cold weather today and no rain. As of now, the edges are still in good shape for the most part. It is absolutely crucial to check conditions yourself before heading out right now. Conditions can change fast this time of the year.
Fishing has been very good still at Hills Creek. Bluegills are biting well in the stumps end and big perch are starting to move back to the shallows too. Evenings have been busy with a good crappie bite. Similarly, anglers have been doing well at Hamilton and Beechwood. Of all the lakes, Hamilton, and the Corps lakes will be the first to be unfishable. Rain means rising water levels which will deteriate the shorelines and float the ice. This late in the season, as soon as this happens, it will probably be the end of ice fishing. We will try to drive by the lakes Friday to get a better update for the weekend. If you don't see new reports, please call the shop for the latest info.
The Tioga spillway continues to fish well. Walleye season comes to a close soon, but right now fishing is great! Lots of fish are being caught on both fatheads and medium shiners. Walleye season closes on March 14th.
Trout stocking has begun around the county. Don't forget that special regulation areas can be fished year round if you're ready to do some trout fishing. Trout season in this area, reopens on April 13th.
Good luck and be safe out there