My husband and I were in the Minocqua area at the end of March. From our booth in McDonalds in Minocqua on March 28 we watched the girls practicing softball at the high school. They were practicing in shorts. When we left the restaurant and drove about a mile down the road we saw several people ice fishing in the middle of Lake Minocqua. Shorts and ice fishing only go together in the Northwoods. Amazing!