Got out to do some icefishing today on the Kenai Peninsula.
First time this season. 8 1/2" of ice on Johnson lake in Kasilof.
1" of the milky stuff and the rest was good clear ice.
Fishing wasn't hot but I caught 6 or so and my budddy caught at least 8 fish. Stayed out maybe 3-4 hours.
I of course caught the biggest one. There were some nice fat 15-18" fish out there.
Was kinda hoping for one of those 20"+ fish I have caught at first ice in the past but the ones we got were still a lot of fun.
Somehow my girlfriend got skunked. last year she outfished me most of the time so I guess it was my turn.
My new favorite lure worked great again this time. gotta love those berkley Atomic power tubes. White with a yellow tail. The bigger bows literally tore these thing up and the smaller fish( under 12") usually leave it alone.My buddy caught all of his fish on a small silver swedish pimple. All were tipped with raw shrimp.
It won't be long for other area lakes to become safe and some probably already are.
Good Luck and Stay Safe.
I will try to post a picture or two later.