Although a lot of us are enjoying the almost spring-like weather, the ice fishing anglers are having serious problems and concerns because of the weather. A number of our area lakes have become quite dangerous to go out on because of thinning ice and “soft spots” in areas around the lakes. We have been receiving reports for the past weeks, and it appears that the ice pack, in general, is losing density and becoming quite dangerous, especially for ATVs, cars and trucks. There appears to be open water on some of the lakes, providing some good shore fishing,

The Skokie Lagoons have open water at the Willow Road spillway, the Forest Way spillway and at Tower Road. The fishermen have been having luck casting hard baits, like a Rapala #9 minnow, and catching some nice largemouth bass and a few white bass. Busse Lake has open water in some spots accessible from shore, and it, too, has produced some nice catches this past week. Lake Geneva has areas of open water for shore fishing from a few of the remaining piers, such as those on Geneva Bay. Those who are really bummed by the warmer weather and the forecast doesn’t look good for ice production in the coming week or so could take out a spinning rod and try some open water fishing.

The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo is this coming weekend at the Schaumburg Convention Center. This is the best area fishing and travel show of the year. For anyone looking for additional tackle, thinking about a boat, or maybe getting in the mood to plan a summer vacation, this is the best opportunity to do it all in one place. The show runs from Thursday through Sunday, admission is only $15 for adults, and parking is free. We are going to be out there this weekend; maybe we’ll see you there. Until next time…keep a tight line.