Welcome Back. Been a while. By the pond, do you mean Mille Lacs? Locally the ice went of of my local lake last week. The winds are doing their thing. Might try to get some of those ice-out crappies this weekend.
Rainy River has been open for a little over 2 weeks. 4 mile bays is wide open and its open water about a miles or so into Lake of the Woods. Although the Rainy has muddied up and the fish haven't been cooperating. Heard reports that the forks and Manitou levels are receding which means the river will start clearing up. We might end up with a couple of fishable days before the season ends.