This winter's extreme cold was popular with at least one faction of Kansans.
"We're completely sold out of everything ice fishing," said Eric Akred, Gander Mountain fishing department manager. "If we could have gotten more we could have sold more. We probably could have sold 300 ice augers. We were probably getting 40 to 50 calls a day."
This wasn't one of those winters when ice fishing was confined to just a few days.
"Up at Wilson (Lake) they started ice fishing in late November. It was a really long season on the very west end of the lake," said Bob Roberts of Salina.
Probably Kansas' most famed ice fishing lake, Wilson did proud many who braved the cold.
"It was a good year for stripers, white perch and some white bass," Roberts said. "They had days when they were catching them one right after the other."
Roberts said quite a few stripers between eight and 10 pounds were caught. The largest was about 15 pounds.
Last week's warm days have made the ice too thin for safe fishing at most lakes.
Closer to home, Cheney Lake offered several weeks of ice fishing.
"It was really, really good for about the first week-and-a-half after the ice formed," said Jeff Koch, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist for Cheney. "It really slowed down when the warm weather came (last) week."
Koch said anglers reported catching wipers to 25 inches and white bass to 18 inches.
The fishing was good enough to draw a lot of attention. Game warden Scott Hanzlicek said some parking areas beside the lake held 40 to 50 vehicles last weekend.
Roberts said fishing was slow for the few who tried Marion Lake. At one time, ice had piled to more than 30 inches thick in front of the lake's outlet gates, one of Marion's most popular ice fishing areas.
Craig Johnson, Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist for El Dorado Lake, said some anglers started fishing around the first of the month up in the Walnut River above the lake.
He was one of several who tried fishing the main lake.
"It just wasn't ever really exciting over here," Johnson said. "There were some nice fish caught but just not very many of them this year."