Out and About with Bob

By most reports, ice fishing is improving. Maybe it's the warmer temperatures that is attracting more anglers to the ice this week. Whatever the case, we're into the last few weeks of the annual winter pastime and anglers are enjoying more days at their favorite haunts.
You can bet there will be plenty of traffic on Lake Onalaska on Saturday, Feb. 17, for the 47th annual Onalaska Lions Ice Fishing Derby in memory of Ed Carpenter and Bill Moe.
Derby hours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drawings are scheduled throughout the derby with seven cash prizes and the $500 grand prize drawing at 4 p.m. Cash prizes also will be awarded for six fish species - bluegill and sunfish, crappies, perch, northern pike, bass and walleye.
Meanwhile, wildlife is more active this week, too.
Deer are out in force at night as noticed by the empty corn cobs in our backyard. I'm putting my trail camera out to try and pinpoint how many whitetails are showing up and what times they are gorging themselves on the corn.
It's a great time of the year to get out and hike, too, which I have been doing regularly when it's warm.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.