I took a drive on Saturday to scout the plains lakes ice status and also check out the upper river reaches to see if spring was making any progress and opening up some of my favorite early season haunts. Ice on the upper river was still quite locked up and there wasn't even a fishable channel in the center yet, so it will be a little longer on those stretches. The plains lakes had a few candidates for breaking out this week and having some fishable water by the coming weekend. Holes in the ice and open sections were showing on a couple of them. Nothing was fishable but it won't be long now.
I went in search of some browns after scouting and picked up a couple in the nice weather. They were a little slow but enough were keying on the leech to keep things interesting.