The familiar sight of ice fishermen silhouetted on lakes in northern Illinois has been missing this season as mild winter weather kept augers in the garage or sent anglers seeking solid ice elsewhere.

But with this week’s cold snap, the situation is expected to turn around. Finally, the ice fishing season is getting underway.

“The outlook is much, much better,” said Greg Dickson, owner of Triangle Sports and Marine Inc., in Antioch. “People have been waiting to go all year long.”

By this weekend, enthusiasts who have been relegated to shallow isolated backwaters or headed north to Wisconsin or Minnesota to get their ice-fishing fix are expected to be back at their favorite local spots in force.

SOURCE (Daily Herald and Mick Zawislack) >> CONTINUE READING