The unseasonably warm winter hasn't been what we’d all hoped for-to say the least! We're happy to see anglers calling & stopping in to keep informed on ice conditions. We spend many hours to alert fellow anglers of areas we have found, or other anglers reported to watch out for. We're here to help during business hours & hope you stop in to see us!
That being said, we've recently marked some IMPORTANT new spots with brush or lath & flagging or caution tape and also noted them on our shop lake map. We can't mark everything- so stay alert, as always!
Even though today [1/06/12] we're still finding most original ice to be about 10 inches- here are several recent [in the last 2 days] IMPORTANT areas of concern to AVOID. Obviously, there is much usable ice yet- but must be patient-until freezing temps return.
Some known AREAS to USE Extreme Caution for now:
-The shallow parts of both Pillsbury and Center Reefs have large areas with ice ranging between 3 to 7 inches, Pillsbury actually has an expansive open area in its' middle. Both of these thin or open spots have very thick weeds in depths of only 6 to 8 feet of water, which soaked up the sun, causing the ice to diminish.
-We've also spotted numerous active springs, most notably east of Cemetery Reef, around Red’s Reef, and toward Reinke’s. 2 of the springs have created open spots as large as 20 feet by 50 feet. There are others, not nearly as big, to be avoided.
Please bring along some brush during this time- to help mark. We can’t possibly find and mark everything, and appreciate those that have well marked their spear holes or holes left, when moving their houses.
Keep your eye’s peeled and share with us, and your fellow anglers. We're all in this together!
Those going out to portable fish, or sit on a bucket should be rewarded during this "quiet ice" period- while we wait for cold!
By the way- Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you at the Lake!