Anglers getting a great start on the ice

The new year has begun and anglers are off to a great start.

The cold weather after Christmas did its magic and we have good ice on area lakes. By the time you read this they will be driving on most lakes in the area.

Angling success has been very good. Crappies have been good on Cedar Lake, northeast of New Prague. Prior Lake is also having a great start for panfish and walleye. Other area lakes doing well on panfish, include Madison, Shields and Mazaska.

In northern Minnesota, Red Lake and Mille Lacs are putting out some dandy walleyes. I guess Lake of the Woods and Leech Lake have great fishing going too.

With more ice, I heard the aeration on Cedar Lake is on. With lumber from Mach Lumber, a crew from the New Prague Sportsmen's Club: Billy Bartusek, Al Jirik, Jed Hankinson and Loren Hanson, built "thin ice" signs for the lake last Saturday. On Sunday they were joined by Dennis Tietz, Tom Pexa, Jeff Keough, Larry Ryder, Tate Peterson, Mark Lund, Brandon Palma, Aaron Kes and Ross Skluzacek as they put the signs in place. That means use care when traveling on the ice at Cedar Lake. There are areas with open water from the aeration units. These units will operate for the rest of the winter, or until the spring thaw arrives.

Enjoy the great fishing, and be careful on the ice.