Well late ice is here.  The rain has knocked down most of the snow and there is standing water on the ice in some spots.  I am already getting calls asking about the ice, we have plenty still and I imagine guys will be driving on for the next week or so especially since the nights are going to be below freezing.  Just be careful and if you don’t know where the ice goes out first hitch a ride with someone who does.  The fish has responded very well to the warm up with the bite picking up across the board.  I know there have been a lot of guys fishing by the airport lights and catching perch and northern.  On my side of the lake the bluegills have woken up and are active in the dredge lines along with a few perch.  The crappie bite is inconsistent still from the reports I have gotten.  As of right now the river in La Crosse is forecasted to crest over the weekend at 9.3 ft which does not normally raise the lake much at all.  I do not see the rise in the river being detrimental to the fishing on the lake.  Overall we are getting through the warm up much better then I expected and for the near future we will have fishable ice.