Only added half inch of ice overnight (now 10.5" thick). Several Ice Castles were pulled outside of McKinley Park bay. The ice was moaning alot when the last one was towed out this afternoon.
Fishing was very tough today. Three of us caught only a dozen walleyes with no slot fish and only 3 keepers. Don't know if it was the weather or vehicle traffic/fishing pressure. Good luck fishing this weekend and be careful and courteous.
Ice thickness increased to 10 inches overnight. Someone even drove a car out to the mouth of Stunts Bay today. Ice looks good, but never certain. Please be cautious.
Fishing was good a good today. Lots of small eyes but did land a 24" that fought hard. Pics are from the Park this afternoon.
Walked out 1/2 mile from McKinley Park today and found 8 inches of nice black ice. Lots of snowmobiles and ATVs running around today. It is -15f in Soudan right now so it should make more ice tonight. I thought it felt quite cold walking in this evening.
Fishing was pretty good but most were only 9-13 inches. Chugs were slightly better than pike suckers. I even caught a 23 inch on half a crawler left over from this fall.
Good luck if you venture out, and be very cautious on the ice and courteous to others.
Not sure how they pick their lakes but seem to hit certain ones yearly. I know they put a big dent in the sunfish on Eden Lake. But I have never seen them on Carnelian Lake. I know DNR would frown on shooting them but I bet some kids having fun with drones could scare them off maybe.