Was very fortunate the past few weekends to be able to ice fish along with some great fishing friends. I have not gone ice fishing for a few years even though I spent numerous hours on the ice while attending graduate school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 2 weeks ago we fished the ponds out of Peoria, IL which are owned and managed by Nate Herman. These ponds have the biggest bluegills around. Action was good the entire weekend along with bonus largemouth bass, crappie, walleye, and catfish. 1 week ago was able to fish for monster catfish on Lake Mendota out of Madison, WI. This is world class fishing with our largest cat running around 22lbs which happened to be the first cat of the day. The size of these catfish is exceptional. 10 inch holes were drilled which barely allowed enough room to land these brutes. Ice fishing is a great option for all having the urge to get out fishing. Extremely caution needs to be in place in case of bad ice. Aways fish with friends and make sure to have floatation and ice picks along just in case the ice gives way.