Ice conditions for Detroit Lakes area lakes continue to be great despite the recent mild temperatures. A bit of slush has developed due to minimal snow cover but travel off the most used roads and trails remains easy. Please note, however, that you should not cross pressure ridges or travel near the river inlets and outlets due to thinning ice in these areas. Temperatures will remain mild over the next week or so, making hole hopping and fishing outside of shelters easy and comfortable. The panfish bite continues to be the best and most consistent action on area lakes, with lots of active fish taken throughout the day. The walleye bite, however, has been inconsistent. For the most walleye, fish during low light periods off the deeper weed edges. Jigging has been best for both panfish and walleye. Tip-up fishing for northern pike has been best on the weed flats, especially when using large suckers suspended above the weeds.