Pike are hitting decently on the West Side of the Flowage particularly in the far bays like Squaw Bay and Daggett's Bay. Some folks will be using suckers but shiners seem to be the bait of choice for winter pike. Little Round Lake is also a very good destination for numbers and size for Pike.
The Crappie bite is decent out there from the limited reports that we have gotten. Pine Point and Popple Island are local favorite spots on the Chip. For numbers you can head on out to Nelson Lake but size will most likely be lacking. Crappie Minnows and Waxies on a Tungsten Jig right now is the way to go.
Nights have been getting excessively colder and this past evening (1/15) I can guarantee that we generated a good amount of ice as it was -15 degrees this morning. However, ice formation has been something to be desired up here this winter with all the excess snow we have had this year so far. Sleds and 4-Wheelers should be safe. I would err on the side of caution and not bring trucks out on the ice yet. There still may be areas particularly on the East Side of the Flowage that may have weak ice so as always exercise caution when out on the ice regardless of the time of winter.
This weekend we are expecting a winter storm on Friday (1/17) starting around 3:00 pm CST and lasting until Saturday. So if traveling up this weekend be sure to be cautious driving up. Would definitely recommend bringing an extra coat in the car for each person and maybe some emergency provisions. Highs throughout the week will range from the low teens to high 20s and lows at night will dip into the single digits and even the negatives so definitely dress warm.