DNR Warns of "sketchy" ice on area lakes

DNR Warns of "sketchy" ice on area lakes Click to Enlarge

(KNSI) - The Department of Natural Resources is warning ice anglers to be extra cautious on area lakes.

"The ice is really sketchy right now, it's really variable," says conservation officer Mike Martin.

In the last two days the DNR has measured ice thicknesses ranging from 30 inches on some lakes to just a couple of inches on others.

Martin says the ice is especially concerning on Little Rock near Rice, Briggs and Julia Lakes near Clear Lake, and the Horseshoe Chain near Richmond.

He says it's a good idea to check with a local bait shop on ice thickness before heading out.

Martin says the late ice could mean slow next month’s fishing opener.

"I think that water is going to be much colder than it typically is and I don't think we're going to have that 40-degree spawning water that the walleyes need, so the walleye bite might be spotty at best."

The 2018 Governor's Fishing Opener is being held on Green Lake in the Willmar Lakes area on May 12th.

The 2017 opener was in St. Cloud on the Mississippi River.

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