Most of the guys I know had an INCREDIBLE day! I saw their pictures of awesome walleyes, big bass, super-fat perch, and personal-best crappies.
But I didn't go fishing on Saturday. I went for 4 hours on Sunday. Before I headed out, I heard from a friend that said nobody was catching anything. Nobody was even ON the local ponds, whereas the day before there were lots of people out. Later I heard from guys that fished both days, that Sunday was MUCH SLOWER.
So...I changed my plan to try to icefish for trout, and instead just headed to the same local pond I've been icefishing this season. Its not even a particularly GOOD pond to icefish. Its just convenient.
Well, I'm satisfied with my results....no BIG fish were caught, but the numbers were satisfactory.
I started out using a Lindy Frostee spoon tipped with a dead waxworm (cuz I forgot to buy fresh ones during the week). I caught some fish on that, but the number of strikes and number of fish hooked increased when I switched to a tungsten jig tipped with a waxworm.
I ended up catching over 35 Bluegills, 4 Black Crappies, 1 White Crappie, and 1 Largemouth Bass.
I forgot to mention....the ice the previous Saturday was 5" thick. It was very cold all week. This Sunday (8 days later), the ice had improved to 9" thick!!