Well the Whitefish have been reported feeding and have moved through our area, folks were catching (sheefish) steadly and bringing back sled loads of 20-30 pounders
went out a couple times and caught 2 the first night 17# and a 21# sheefish
went a week later still lots of open holes Ice was 46" with a 1.5" snow cover and caught 3 more, the biggest was caught by my youngest girl, she'd been nagging me right off so as soon as I had a mouth of the first hole cleard cause the wind was blowing 10 outta the NNE,
so i chucked a line in dident bait it or set the depth handed it to her and resumed clearing a couple more holes with the Toqe she pulled out a 27#er
10 minuets into it, some the other folks reported the fish were stripping the 50# tackle, we were useing willow jigging sticks on 100test brade'd useing a 3aught Dr Spoon "gold" with a 3 fantom depth string tied to the end "thats why folks were loseing them they couldent pay out line to play the fish they'd hit the end the line and snap the weak points" we came home with more fish than we caught we left when the wind picked up over 15 mph
had a good beat trail abit some what bumpy 3.5 mile trip back home (traveling across the drifts was just like going across windrows in a corn field) Froze the fish solid (-10f) used a bow saw and cut some cross sections and useing a Ulu was able to make short work of them hunks poping out the guts in a frozzen block and slitting the skin catching the edge useing the ulu to anchor it to the cleaning wood then rotate the fish right out its skin and then a couple passes down the back bone the majority of meat is off then a couple passes along the ribbs they are ready for anything, the kids were set on froze thin sliced meat rubbed on a salted plate dabbed in some seal oil
the rest the meat that I could keep away from them kids, I pan fried with cooking oil and a little season salt & sliced onion served with some steamed rice, wasent bad served with Percolated liptin tea (found out years back them old fassioned electric coffiee percolators make a very smooth tea) better than a the bitter stuff from the microwave.
looked through the freezers and made room for a couple but still had 5 fish that dident fit so I doug a hole in the front yard snow bank and buried them fish till I can cut em up & fit em in the freezer.