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seifjr

We're coming up the December 15-18, and normally like to make the run to the Islands on the trail that heads from the river to the angle.  I realize the river/lake was not completely locked up as of Saturday's satellite image, and you just got snow and are dealing with extremely high winds for the next 36-48 hours, but the temps certainly look more favorable for making ice.  Just looking for a local's perspective on whether it's even reasonable to believe that the trail may be staked by the 15th of December.  Thx. 

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Ballyhoo

It's a possibility but I would not count on it.  We are getting colder temps, +3 deg this morning.  The issue is going to be all the snow we got yesterday.  Anywhere it collected on the ice will get insulated and not get as thick as where there is no ice.  The resorts will know a lot more in a week.  Morris Pt Resort reported that they only had 2" of ice on Sunday where it had been open water last. 

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seifjr

Thanks for the quick feedback.  Yes, it's going to be a waiting game now, but at least it's looking more favorable for ice fishing that weekend on the south shore.  Hopefully that 2" of ice was smooth and doesn't hold any snow with the high winds.  How much snow did you guys get?

 

 

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jerkbait

We got about a foot of snow. And there is not much for smooth ice out there, also a lot of open water yet on Sunday.

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seifjr

Thanks JB.  Sounds like we might be fishing closer to the south shore than we'd like, but at least we should be good to go with sleds rather than wheelers.  Any relevant updates are very much appreciated.  Thanks everyone. 

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