Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Jim and Ben spent several hours on Tuesday plowing new roads from our marina past Waconia Bay, out to Center Reef and finishing off at Pillsbury Reef. These roads took the place of the old roads that got roughed up during the warm weather last week. It is still possible to travel off-road in many areas, although 4 wheel drive is a must. Ice is still in excellent shape. It's much quieter on the lake now, so take advantage of the light traffic and join us on the lake for the last weekend of Gamefish season!
Friday, February 18, 2011
A blast of spring came through this week, causing a stir amongst ice anglers all over. While we lost all of the snow on the lake, the ice remains in excellent condition. The snow melt caused a few inches of water on top of the ice, but the cold front that passed through on Thursday night, allowed most of that water to freeze back to the surface. The accesses and old roads will be the roughest areas. Take it slow when entering the ice. Once on, we suggest navigating off the old roads, driving cross-country to have a smoother ride. All in all, we are very pleased with the condition of the ice despite the intense sun and 50+ degree weather. Now it's time to get back fishing!
Crappies continue to be the best chance to get fish for the frying pan. We're still hearing good reports in 20 to 25 feet of water south of Pillsbury Reef, mostly after 5 pm. Center Reef continues to be a quality location to find a variety of panfish. Expect to sort through a number of littler ones as well as perch to get a few keepers. Before the thaw, anglers could see close to 20 feet down with excellent water clarity. Because of the melt, you will notice that the clarity has greatly diminished for the time being.
A quick reminder that Gamefish season is closed after Sunday, February 27. Also, fish houses must be off the ice no later than midnight on Monday, March 7th.
This is the final weekend of our Ice and Dice Prize Giveaway, so don't forget to weigh your catch for a chance to win a great prize.
See you on the ice!