Spring officially sprung almost two weeks ago, and conditions around the area are starting to catch up.
But there are places where winter activities like ice fishing are hanging on.
About a quarter mile off the western shoreline of Shawano Lake, John Hoffman, was onto some fish.
“The bluegills kind of congregate. They’re coming in for the spawn. It’s a little bit easier, but it’s been a tough year,” said John Hoffman, De Pere.
“They have changed. Since the weed population is down, the fish seem to be moving a lot more than they used to,” he said.
Hoffman used wax worms to coax the fish to bite, Friday morning. Earlier, others had some luck as well.
“Few crappie, couple bluegills. Nothing to brag about today. It’s slowing down, a lot of little ones,” said John Surprise, Gresham.
“You got it in your blood. I don’t do much fishing during the summer, but I live for ice fishing,” said Mike DeBroux, Gresham.
“We haven’t had fishing in March for three years,” said Cory Kuhn, Kuhn’s Bait and Tackle Palace Owner.
Kuhn says it’s been a long season on Shawano Lake.
“There’s still a lot of ice yet. There’s 18-20 inches of ice yet. The shorelines are starting to go away,” he said.
Kuhn says ice near the landings is melting. Open water was seen at a launch on the western shoreline Friday afternoon.
“Plus around the reed beds, or any thick weeds underneath, that will erode faster. So you still need to know where you’re going, you still need to check,” said Kuhn.
Back on the ice, Hoffman knows the lake will soon be open, and his good luck fishing may be short-lived.
“I think it’s probably going to be my last time, but we’ll see what happens with the weather,” he said.
With some more wintry weather expected to return this weekend, ice experts say those conditions could extend the season on Shawano Lake at least a couple weeks.