The balminess of early in the week is gone, and good ice-building came back with a vengeance Tuesday night. Ice fishing is still the story.
Shoreline conditions became a little tricky on the Fox Chain O'Lakes after the warm-up and rain, but they should stabilize relatively quickly and the main pad of ice is fine.
Chicago harbors are tricky, varying from pieces of fishable ice to open water, but there's been some decent perch catches.
This is the extended online version of the Midwest Fishing Report, which appears in the Sun-Times on Wednesdays. Normally, I post the online MFR by Wednesday morning.
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We begin with the Chain report.