The ice on the Chain is hanging on but deteriorating rapidly. About 20″ is the most that is left with many areas considerably less. The moving water areas that remain open are expanding at a good rate.
A couple solid rains will break up the edges and then the wind and heat can speed up what we all have been waiting for.
Based on last fall’s big smallmouth this promises to be a very good catch-and-release season. Open lakes and the April 26 opener could happen at the same time. That would be perfect.