We look forward to seeing you, as we open for the winter season this Friday, 11/28 from 9 am to 5 pm! We have a GREAT “Black Friday” special on an Apache Ice Combo, spooled with 6# test for $8.99!
We took our first ice walk of the season to parts of the lake on Tuesday afternoon, 11/25. We found was ice that varied by several inches everywhere we went. In Waconia Bay, we found as little as 1.5 inches in a small area that finally froze over late due to birds keeping it open. We found the majority in Waconia Bay between 3.5 to 6.5 inches. As we headed toward the “walleye hole” between the marinas, we found a lot of 3 to 4 inches with some as much as 6. We were not able to make it out to Cemetery Reef or beyond to the east, because that area had even less ice, as it was one of the last areas to freeze.
We also went to Wagener’s Bay for a quick check, and found anywhere from 3.5 to 7 inches in the holes we punched, so that does vary a lot too. It’s important to know that the last areas to freeze were near North Center, Kegs, Reds, Anderson’s and Cemetery, so those will have the least ice.
Remember, we can’t cover every area, and it’s possible to find less ice in areas we have checked. We highly recommend you use caution your first time out. Chisel ahead of yourself, and drill numerous holes to get a feel for the ice. Now that we have an extra 2 to 3 inches of snow due to today’s (11/26) snowfall, it will take a little longer for the ice to thicken because of the snow’s insulating factor.
Be safe this Thanksgiving! We are thankful for your business and look forward to a great ice fishing season!