Even though ice continues to melt on area lakes, most anglers will not know where they will hit the water until a couple of days before the opener. The late ice bite has been great due to warming waters, and there should be fishable ice for another week or so. The best approach has been a small jig tipped with a wax worm or impulse tadpole worked in 5-8 feet of water. Drilling a bunch of holes right away is important when fishing shallow since it gives the fish a chance to settle down after all the commotion. Please note that some of the plowed roads are located in areas with current, and these areas will break up quickly. If you are planning to head out, please bring your ice picks and fish with a buddy. Remember your sun block too!