Norm Minas sent a note on open-water fishing on the Kankakee River.
Here's his account from Monday of how he does it in these heavy ice conditions:
I went out today looking for fishable water. I found enough to get by but a lot less than I like. Most of what wasn't frozen was flowing slush or the shoreline had 10 to 15 ft of ice covered border.
I didn't bother with water temps, low 30's is in the ball park. Air temps in the low 20's, kinda sunny.
I found one rock hump with it's outer edge about 2 ft out from the ice cover. I took a 15 inch smallie on a jig right at the interface of the ice shelf and the drop of the hump.
I found a riffle area where the flowing slush was light enough to allow a jig to bounce to the base of the riffle on about 1/2 the casts. That got be a small walleye twixt 11 and 12 inches.
Last spot that produced was a trib with a very small lowhead dam near the mouth. I got a solid 17 inch smallie on a Bandit 200 worked as slow as humanly possible.
The rest of the trip was a nice walk combined with climbing up and down the riverbank. It's not like I couldn't use the exercise.
I suspect that open water will be even more reduced in coming days.