Wife and I went to the Waterloo area. Beautiful day to be out. Some sun, no wind, 26 degrees, 8-10" of good ice, a little snow on top so not too slippery. But too often fish don't seem to bite with this kind of weather. Our first lake we marked fish but no bites. Moved to another lake and still slow, but I got a gill over 9 inches and a few other keepers. I was just starting to think it's getting late and there's not enough for a meal so we'll release these and go home. Then my wife starts whooping and I turn around to see her holding up the biggest crappie I have ever seen. She hooked it in 5 fow using a 4mm tungsten jig with a spike. It tore out drag, doubled over her pole, and she thought it was a bass until it passed under the hole and she saw the specks. It was so big she was worried she couldn't get it up through the hole. She thought she could lose it so didn't do any hollering until she had it out. Then she was crazy happy! I love the greenish gold coloring on these things when they are fresh out of the water. I'll put a tape measure on it tomorrow, but I'm guessing it will be 15". Perfect ending for a great day on the ice.