I really target October at the Berry, and it has served me well and with size on occasion.
Your asking the wrong question. You should be saying can you access any of the open water? You can fish the open water at Ladders which is out a few hundred feet. The other places that have open water you can't access without a snowmobile. Other than The Ladders, there isn't any spots that are easily accesible to fish yet. Should be a matter of days now though.
The answer to the first question is yes, there are places where you can fish from shore right now but not in all areas yet.
The answer IMO to the second is that ice out at Strawberry is the most overrated fishing event in the entire state in a given year. Those that know what they are doing catch fish, those that don't, don't and the anglers in the middle get a few, just like the rest of the year. My catch rates are almost always much higher on the last of the ice season just a few weeks before than what I hear from ice out anglers.
I caught you a delicious bass.
You are just asking if the fishing is good at ice off. The one thing I have noticed over the 20+ years at ice off, Is that when the ice comes off real fast like in less then a week, the fishing isint very good. When the ice comes off real slow, like 2-3 weeks the fishing is really good.
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The answer IMO to the second is that ice out at Strawberry is the most overrated fishing event in the entire state in a given year.
I have fished ice off a handful of times. One year I did great (timed it just right) and the other few times I have done poorly. There is a narrow window when the catching can be fantastic and timing that narrow window is extremely difficult.
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