Northern lakes still have 18 inches to 2 feet of ice, but travel is difficult with over a foot of crusty snow and with the current warm-spell conditions may be slushy. Ice shanties must be removed from inland waters north of Highway 64 by March 18 this year, but with 10-day forecast showing temperatures above freezing, it might be a good idea to consider removing them. The ice on central and southern Wisconsin lakes has begun to deteriorate fairly quickly.
Game fishing is closed on most inland water, but anglers have still been getting out for late season panfishing. Anglers on the northern and central lakes report that panfish are coming out of the mid-winter lull and starting to bite.
On Green Bay, anglers along the west shore continue to report decent catches of whitefish along with a few northern and perch, while anglers along the east shore had little luck, only coming in with two to five whitefish and many were out over the weekend pulling their shacks off as the ice is beginning to thin and open water is visible.
and heavy boat traffic was the norm at Fox Point over the weekend. Anglers report catching good numbers of walleye along with the occasional northern and whitefish. Sunset anglers report catching good numbers of perch averaging around 8 inches.
The Lakeshore State Park lagoon in Milwaukee is about 75 percent ice-free and the first boat has come in for fishing.