Despite 25+ mph wind, we got out on Leaf Lake near Audubon, MN on Tuesday. We checked the ice thickness every five to ten yards on our way out to the first drop off from the access and there was an even 5-6″ of hard, clear ice. There was one hard-sided spearing house set up shallow and there was one snowmobile on the ice. With that said, the majority of the traffic was people on foot with portable shelters. Always be extremely careful on the ice.
Fishing wasn’t lights out, but it wasn’t slow. We caught a number of small largemouth bass on Rippin Raps and Slender Spoons. Pike were hitting small suckers on tip ups every 15-20 minutes. Panfish were plentiful on small jigs tipped with wax worms.