There's a couple updates for the Midwest Fishing Report.
WILLOW SLOUGH: The ice was safe when the Indiana public lake reopened to fishing today and up to 20 guys were out on it. The ones close to shore did not do as well as those who ventured deeper.
Faithful reader Rick LaBuda (yes, the muskie guy) was one of the pioneers and he reported catching a nice limit. Right now, guys are going off the point to access the ice.
By the weekend, I would expect this to be one of the area's hot spots for ice fishing.
ROOT RIVER: The Root River Report by the Wisconsin DNR included this:
Water and flow conditions
Water levels on the Root River have fallen since the snow last week and is now slightly above normal, and clarity is now good again. The warmer weather this weekend has kept the river open above Island Park.
For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR] in Wisconsin. Just click on the river that you want to see.
Fishing has been fair, with about a 50/50 split of browns and steelhead. The persistent cloud cover this weekend kept most of the fish in the deeper pools where they were very susceptible to spawn sacs drifted just off the bottom (chartreuse has been best). Those fishing with fly gear have been having less action and working twice as hard to get it. There has been good fishing all through out the river from Lincoln park all the way up to the Horlick dam. Now is a great time to fish the Root as the crowds are now all but gone for the year. Early morning has been most popular, although the fish activity has been fairly consistent from dawn to dusk, although this may change if we see bright sunny conditions during the week.