Took my nephew out to Little Campbell Lake after work today. I've been telling him that I would take him ice fishing, but things never worked out. With the temperatures, I figured it was now or never! We drilled two holes about 100 ft. offshore, where he caught 3 rainbow fingerlings which we released. We then moved out another 100 ft or so, where we found two holes that hadn't frozen over. One of them had a constant stream of water pouring into it from the melting snow, which I figured might attract some fish. Boy, was I right! Immediately upon dropping his line he caught one of those slimy black fish. He then caught two char that were big enough to keep, and that was about it. Yes, I know most of us would scoff at such small fish, but I cannot tell you how excited he was to take these home to his mom and how much he enjoyed eating them for dinner. He's had a rough little life lately with his mom dealing with cancer and his dad dealing with other issues, so it was a joy to see him light up at catching a couple of fish. Thanks to those of you who recommended this lake earlier this winter.
By the way, the ice was still 2.5 feet thick, though there was a couple of inches of standing water on the surface.