Not a panfish guy so the ice fishing stuff if put away till next year. Noticed catfish is open all season. Would it make sence to fish cats now? Would I look for them in different places this time of year? I work near the st. anthony falls. I know people fish for cats downthere near the mill ruins park. Would that be a good place right now?
If you aren't a pan fish guy then go hit pool 2 of the Mississippi. That stretch is open year round for walleye, small mouth and whatever else might bite. Walleye and bass are catch and release only but it can be fun.
I can't say i know any specific spots in the south metro. One thing i do know is as soon as most of the ice is melted off the shore the channel cats bite like crazy. Haven't picked up yet. I like to use "sonnys stink bait" but it's hard to find it fresh around here. A dead sucker minnow with a cut down its belly works good and a couple fat heads works good too. If you go with a few fat heads you can get good smallies and other random fish too. Good luck.
People who fish for food, and sport be damned, are called pot-fishermen. The more expert ones are called crack pot-fishermen. All other fishermen are called crackpot fishermen. This is confusing. ~ Ed Zern, 1947