Happy new year, unless you want to ride your snowmobile.
It’s not starting out so happy. Sorry for the long span between Lake reports but I have been away and couldn’t give one accurately.
As anyone on the lake knows the water is almost at June levels. With just enough ice on it to cause chaos and destruction to docks, But definitely not enough to safely ride on, place an ice shanty, or any other ice activities.
The water froze over Christmas weekend with the only good cold weather we have had for the year.
Since then though, its been warm and raining. This has caused the lake to go up 8 feet since it froze. What this means is there is about 5 1/2″ of ice where it first froze, surrounded by new water that has a layer of ice that is only 2” thick. (which I checked wearing my wet suit) I am crazy not stupid.
Looking from shore it looks uniform but trust me its not.
When I can break the ice around my dock using only my boot it’s not good. If you fall through this new ice it’s still going to be 6-8 foot deep, plenty enough water to ruin your day.
With this being said I recommend staying off until colder weather arrives and the ice gets thicker.
There has been some die hards ice fishing using docks to get out, remember this isn’t their first rodeo, they are prepared for it.
Also I know with the 3-5 inches of snow coming people will be itching to get out there. If you do decide to ride (WHICH I DO NOT RECOMMEND) where a wetsuit, and be off by dark.