It’s official, ice-off is coming and each day that passes we are closer and closer to putting the boat in open water! Fishing the first few days of ice-off can be excellent, and can also become challenging. I love fishing shallow water, and the first place I will usually start searching in the first few days of open water is in the shallow flats.
Fish will often cruise from the safety of the deep water into the shallows to feed, before returning back to where they feel most comfortable. Staple food sources such a freshwater shrimp, leeches, immature damselfly nymphs, and bloodworms are all readily available and make for an easy early-season meal.