Friday, December 14, 2018

In Towne Marina Lake Waconia Ice Report - 12/14/18

We went for another ice check today, 12/14/18 and continue to see improved ice thicknesses! To cover more ground, we took our ATV on the ice today over ice that we have thoroughly checked in the past. If we go anywhere new, we walk to those locations and test the ice before driving the ATV on it.

It’s important to remember our last report when we talked about the effect snow has on ice growth and why the lower numbers are what they are. Cemetery Reef had the most inconsistent ice that we found today. We found some ice as thin as 3.5 inches that was wet with slush, or 5 inches under snow. Most of the common ice near Cemetery was 7 to 8 inches. The ice in Waconia Bay is now in the 6.5 to 10.5 inch range. In the area people fish around Center Reef, we measured 6 to 8 inches. Keep in mind, there is still a large area of open water on top of Center Reef (the shallower part of the reef most people don’t fish). Pillsbury Reef has a lot of newer ice too and is around 6 to 8 inches as well. Wagener’s Bay has older ice and is thicker because of it, but also still affected by snow drifts. You can see a video we posted on our Facebook page that gives a good description by Ben of why that area varies from 6.5 to 11 inches. This video was done earlier in the day before Ben had seen the lesser ice near Cemetery Reef.

If you’re thinking of coming out with ATV’s and smaller houses this weekend, you are welcome to use our pay access. Being that the ice is variable, we always recommend doing some of your own thorough checking ahead of where you plan to go. We do our best to provide accurate ice reports, but cannot check everything! It’s still a good idea to avoid areas we have marked with lath board and caution tape unless you check them well. We have not ventured beyond the areas mentioned above, so there are no reports by us from Kegs, Red’s, North or Anderson’s Reefs. Definitely check ahead if you wish to head with anything heavy to those locations.

We likely won’t make much ice this weekend with the mild weather, but it will make for some comfortable fishing on the ice! We look forward to seeing you!

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