WALK ON WATER: As of Tuesday, the annual Walk on Water Charity Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday is a go on Bangs Lake in Wauconda. Online registration and info is at icebenefit.com. Brent Beckwith messaged, ‘‘We plan on moving forward with it, we will limit where people can fish and most likely no machines will be used on the ice.’’
AREA LAKES: Ice conditions remain variable, but most inland lakes should be locked up by Wednesday morning. Regulations on public area waters are posted at STRAY CASTS (blogs.suntimes.com/bowman).
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Especially after the wind laid down Monday night, ice began building. Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine expects 9-12 inches of ice in spots by the weekend. As of Tuesday, better spots have been Petite, Pistakee, the south end of Channel and Loon; but that will be more widespread by later this week.
COOLING LAKES/STRIP PITS: MAZONIA: Any ice fishing is at your own risk.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: Brian Gates at Geneva Lake Bait & Tackle reported best bite is pike at Whitewater on frozen sardines. He said there’s good pike action on Delavan, some bluegill on north side of island, some reports of walleye at night; some bluegill and crappie in 25-28 feet in Pleasant; some bass at the south ramp in Como. Ice fishing soon on Geneva.
LAKEFRONT: Best perch action is in the river at 92nd and 95th, according to Henry’s; the second best has been for those busting ice at Navy Pier. Ice is building in the harbors.
MADISON LAKES, WIS.: Gene Dellinger at D&S Bait reported Mendota iced over; a few walleye guys are venturing out by Governor’s Island; it might be the weekend before deep-water fishing on the west side. There’s some perch and good crappie on Waubesa (off the Bible Camp in 27-30 feet); good perch in Kegonsa’s main basin in 26.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice Of Kurt’s Island Sports reported bitter cold slowed effort. Good to fair action on walleye (most consistent in 15-25 feet on humps of gravel or sandgrass), pike and crappie (finessed in weeds in 8-12 or on tip-downs with Rosie Reds in transition in 18-25).
NORTHWEST INDIANA: Ice is not safe to very iffy, reported Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch. Willow Slough still had some open water on Tuesday.
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN: Tyler Harmon messaged that some steelhead are being caught in the rivers, walleye are slow; inland ice fishing should go for the weekend.
WOLF LAKE: There’s lots of open water, but some crappie are being caught by ice fishermen in the corn channel, according to McCain.