As is my habit I picked up 2 dozen 3 inch shiners late in the day Friday. These get buried in a snow drift until Saturday when they get used. I find the attrition rate doing it this way is usually nil and it saves time in the morning.
Saturday morning the wife and I slept in until about 8 had breakfast packed up our gear and headed out at about 1030. Takes about 30 minutes on the sled to get to Fish Bay and from there we went about 12 miles on the ice to a quiet bay.
We were set up and fishing by about noon:
Weather was decently warm so did not bother with the shelter but there was a decent wind all afternoon and with temps right around freezing it was a little chilly but manageable. Now comes the caffeinated bit. I had a thermos of black coffee i was drinking and had about 1/4 cup on the upside down pail next to me. Well an errant gust of wind blew the mug off its rest and landed it perfectly into my bait bucket. Had no clue how the coffee was going to affect the minnows but certainly did not harm them as my day-olds stayed lively (perhaps even more than normal) all afternoon right until we ran out at 530ish with no die-off.
Another nice eye:
Lots of dinks:
A few keeper perch (11.5 inch, 11 inch, 10.5 inch):
Tackle of the day was Little Cleos or Do-Jiggers tipped with shiners or a Rattling Rap tipped with chartreuse wax worms. All worked well and with all the dinks, a few keeper perch and a half dozen eyes we burned through the minnows pretty quick.