I am sure there will still be safe enough ice to venture on next weekend. The forecast looks way more like spring starting tomorrow than winter though. As far as I can see, its nothing but 40's and even 50 in a week. Its going to make for a sloppy mess out there, but it will still be safe enough to walk on. The access point could be in rough shape though.
Bear in mind that most game fish seasons have now closed as of yesterday. The only season open now is panfish. Specifically targeting a walleye, northern pike, or bass is illegal and could get you in big trouble. There are exceptions (mainly on some border rivers), so I would encourage you to check the regulations ahead of time.
I am new to this site and was intrigued by some of the conversations. Sounds like a good time gathering in Richmond, wish I could be there but I am in Missouri and wanting to come up for one more ice fishing trip this coming weekend. ( Mar 5-6, 2021) I fished at Cedar Lake in Faribault with my son about a 3 weeks ago and had a blast. I can sneak away one more time this weekend but would like to know what the ice conditions look like now. Can any of you offer me any suggestions as to the thickness and conditions? Looking forward to one more trip to MN this season. (We just do not have good ice in Missouri, will not even hold up a mosquito!!!!)
Thanks and enjoy your adventures.
There was an article in the Star Tribune about the operating costs of public natural resource agencies and their loss of revenue yesterday. Its quite obvious based on the chart provided that the number of people participating is slowly declining and operating costs are staying steady or slowing going up. There was also a projection given and if its accurate, operating costs will exceed revenue in 2025. This is exactly what I'm talking about. Creating obstacles, whether they may seem small in the grand scheme of things in terms of an overall budget, will make an impact.
2020 was different because there was a surplus of people participating in outdoor activities referred to as "the covid crowd" but that is not expected to continue.
so it looks like i'm gonna be bailing on the kitty GTG. my perch trip got changed to that same day due to the weather forecast and the real possibility of iffy ice at that time......was planned for march 27th. this is a real bummer........as i was really looking forward to actually meeting up face to face with a bunch of you guys.
but if i have to choose between fishing catfish over going north to the cabin and chasing perch on winnie then chasing crappies or sunfish on lakes like bowstring ....i'm heading north every time.
Preliminary results of a study testing white-tailed deer spleens for presence of neonicotinoid pesticides show exposure of deer throughout the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.