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Last year at this time, all the lakes in Wisconsin were ice free and the docks were in. This year, not true in the Northwoods. 3 feet of snow and almost 3 feet of ice on the lakes is making northern Wisconsin look more like February than mid April. However, the southern part of the state is on track for a colder than normal spring but nonetheless it does have open water and has made for some great river fishing.

For guys like myself who love to be on the hardwater, this year has proven to be one of the best icefishing years on record all across the icebelt. Another benefit to the colder weather is prime conditions for maple syrup production. The warm days and cold nights are exactly what the maple syrup producers look for. In the 2 videos I have here, you can get a look at just how good the late season ice fishing is along with an explanation from my oldest son Fisher on how maple syrup is made starting with putting a tap in the tree.

My icefishing is officially done for the year and the boat will be out this week, after I shoot a turkey on Wednesday. During the youth hunt, my son bagged his first tom and the video is amazing! I will have that up later this week and it will be a must see!

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Happy spring everyone and enjoy the weather coming later this week! Its going to get warm....

Mr. Bluegill, Troy Peterson, brings you his Bago Bites, a weekly video report on fishing in Northeast and Central Wisconsin along with what’s new in the fishing industry.

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