We took our first short ice walk on Lake Waconia today, 12/12/16. Despite the extreme cold, the snow we received on Saturday and Sunday has stunted ice growth for now. We stopped our check after only walking out about 50 to 75 yards from shore. Ice thicknesses were in the 2-1/4 to 2-1/2” range, which is not enough for us to comfortably continue. Unfortunately, snow is a great insulator. We found that accumulations were 6 to 9 inches and fluffy, which adds to the insulating factor hampering ice growth. The weight of the snow is not helping as it stresses the ice, diminishing its’ strength. Also, when you punch a hole, water is forced up (there is no freeboard) creating a slushy area which can cause its’ own set of problems for future ice growth. Due to the minimal gains expected in the near future, we likely will not be updating again until Thursday. Our bait shop will remain closed until the lake is in better shape. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed we have better information to report for our next update.