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Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th, 2017

Water Temperature:

is below 32 as the lake is frozen

Ice Report:

The Lake is frozen and it looks good because of all the snow that has just fallen - BUT STAY OFF THE LAKE.
The water has come up about 8' and the snow is covering up all the bad spots where there is only an inch or so of ice.

The snow is labor intensive for your machine. Best case scenario is you blow a belt, worst case you will blow your engine. If this happens and you are in a bad spot, your machine will definitely go in the lake, but even in a safer spot, no one is going to want to be out there to help you!

The good news is that they are grooming the trails. Mayfield Lake is good and they are crossing Caroga and Canada Lakes.

Fishing:

Closed March 15th, and it is difficult to give an accurate report as no one was really out there the last couple of weeks due to the conditions.
BUT they were biting really good at the end of February.

Tip of the Week:

We were given a gift this last week so get your skis and your snowshoes back out! Enjoy this last little bit of Winter. Ride your sled!

I am predicting 3 weeks before the ice is out!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Walleye Challenge Cancelled

As good as winter started out a month ago, I never thought we would have had to worry about making a decision on weather we would have the contest or not.
It's with great disappointment that I am writing this email canceling the walleye challenge. Especially since we have 10 to 12 inches of ice which is plenty thick enough.
The problem isn't the thickness of the ice this year, it is its instability. The water froze good and early this year, but the water level was very low, and with the recent thaw and rain, it raised the water level. This in turn shifted and fractured the ice, which caused ridges and splits to form all across the ice. In a lot of areas where we have never seen them form before. We found a lot of ice breaks to be running parallel to each other 50 to 100 feet apart which I have personally never seen before.
The trouble is these areas are impassable by 4 wheeler or side by side's (which some people have found out the hard way) recently. Snowmobiles do have the ability to skip across them, but about 90% of ice fisherman don't use snowmobile's they use 4 wheelers or side by sides. So essentially these fractures in the ice have quarantined fisherman to different areas of the lake.
But because of the nature of the walleye challenge and so many people coming from out of the area not familiar with our lake. You have to be able to go from one side of the lake to the other and from any end of the lake to any weigh station as soon you catch a fish. In my opinion you can not safely do this at this time especially with above freezing weather and more rain in the forecast this week.
These areas are only going to become worse and not refreeze in the upcoming week this is why we have decided to cancel the walleye challenge.
With that being said, this spring we will be discussing moving the date a couple weeks later to maybe insure better ice since we have had to cancel 2 years in a row and I do not want to again.
Everything will be given away by random draw at Lanzi's on the Lake starting at noon on January 28th.