Well no ice, but not too far away as Maple Bay and Bullhead Bay were 34.2-34.8 degrees. SE wind with building winds thru the evening made for extreme fishing. First off, it's 4:30 pm., I'm by myself in a 14' boat and winds are in the neighborhood of 10-15 m.ph. with gust near 25. Took a ride over to Bullhead Bay and didn't have much luck pulling reef runners and thundersticks. Continued my troll into Maple Bay but switched over to an HJ-12 and HJ-14 in firetiger. Just in front of the mouth of the Maple River, the planer board took off backwards. After a little scrap, I netted a nice male brown that weighed in at 5.0 lbs. (digital scale). Didn't put a tape on him as I wanted to snap a couple photos before I released him. He was in pretty rough shape as his tail was beat to heck and his belly was all scratched. He also had a possible lamprey scar near one of his back fins. Much different looking than the normal silver browns I am used to catching out there. Also, I honestly have never caught a brown with a turned up bottom lip like this fish either. I figure it was a river run fish, but maybe someone can shed some light on this. About 20 minutes later landed a nice 21" 3.5 lbs walleye....that will be lightly seasoned and pan fried Friday evening. This fish also came on my planer board. After taking two waves over the side just a bit later, I called it a night. Tomorrow, I change gears and start getting the ice fishing stuff ready for next weekend???????? Could we be so lucky????? Here's a shot of the brown.