Walters breaks the ice

Patrick Walters and his co-angler Mandel Pettis worked hard for about two hours before finally treading enough water to get by a rock shoal and access where Walters has been fishing.

Walters caught two smallmouth at his first spot, but both were under the 18-inch minimum length requirement. He just boated a largemouth to break the ice. It is a keeper, but it is just under two pounds.