After riding AROUND THE LAKE and checking conditions just about everywhere, Saturday, Sunday and today (Monday).
The most ice I have seen is 7 inches in the bay by Lakeside Tavern also known as muscles harbor, down to a mile of open water from northeast of Sinclair point to I-Go-Inn.
Most of the bays have between 4 and 5 inches of ice, but much of the main lake from Beacon Island, north and east, for miles has only an inch or two with some open patches still.
Looking forward at the forecast for the next ten days i do not see cold enough weather to feel confident that the lake will make significant enough ice EVERYWHERE by the 30 of January.
In the best interest of everyone's safety and the future of the Walleye Challenge, it will be cancelled. It will become a raffle at Lanzi's on the Lake starting at noon Saturday the 30.
This does not mean the entire lake will be unsafe or that by the 30th we won't have another 4 to 6 inches of ice.
What it does mean due to the nature of this contest which requires atv, snowmobile,and side by sides to be used across the entire lake to transport fish to the weigh stations, I feel they will not be able to safely do that.