I ventured on a small lake near Bemidji last night and found the ice to be around 8 inches thick. This morning I hit lake Bemidji and found about 5 - 6 inches which is more than enough for my equipment. These cold tempurates will allow for vehicle travel in very short order at the rate the ice is thickening up. I had mixed results the last two days of fishing. Last night was horrible for myself. I didn't get out in time, and the first time every year with all my equipment seems to be real interesting, so needless to say, most of the time on the water was spent getting my sunflower to work and the lantern, along with a few other necessary tools. With all of the complications, it didn't help that a man decided to set his large permanent house ten feet from my honey hole and do all of his necessary first of the year tune ups on everything. It really sounded like he was building his house right next to me. In 12 feet of clear water, you can imagine the success.
This morning was slightly better even though I over slept and missed the morning bite. I caught a couple of smaller walleyes, bbjp's and numerous northern pike. The action was pretty steady, and really leads me to wonder what I may have caught if I wouldn't have shown up at 9:45 am. I'll keep ya posted on future successes.
Oh, Metro lakes are fishable with caution. It sounds like MIlle Lacs locked up with fishing in the bays taking place. Red lake and LOW are also starting to go in full force. This weekend will most likely be in full swing for all resorts and fisherman throughout the majority of the state. Good luck to all who venture out. Fish On!