We have not been making ice very fast. Today in the bay there was 7 3/4 to 9 inches of ice. In the lake there was 9 3/4 to 11 3/4 inches of ice. We have cold weather moving in tonight so we should start making some ice a little faster. With the cool down we will get some cracks on the trails so be careful out there the next two days. After that I will check the ice again and decide if we will start letting some wheel houses go out behind atvs. Hopefully we will be able to but no guarantees.
Adrian’s Fishing Reports
We have a trail marked across the bay for atvs and snowmobiles. The thinnest ice on the trail in the bay is 7 inches. There is still very thin ice in places in the bay so stay close to the trail if you go out. We are fishing our first houses tomorrow out in the lake. I did not check much in the lake this time but out in front of the island where we cross is around 8 to 10 inches of ice.
Going across the bay today there was 4 to 5 inches of ice. There are still some open holes in the normal early ice spots. Out in the lake there was 6 to 6 1/2 inches of ice out in front of where we cross pine island. I went out two miles from pine island and did not see any bad spots. We are suppose to get snow tomorrow. Hopefully we do not get very much. I will decide after that if I will mark a trail across the bay yet. The first people fishing out over pine island was today. They got their limits but we should wait a couple more days for safety purposes. I will let you know when I know more.
The cool down from our warm spell did not cause any cracks on the roads. We are now letting up to 3/4 ton trucks pulling up to 22 ft long wheel houses. The ice is the same thickness as a week ago but we will start making more now. Good luck fishing
Today in the bay there was 15 to 16 inches of ice. On the lake there was 16 to 18 inches of ice. We are letting half ton vehicles drive out not pulling wheel houses. Wheel houses can be pulled out by smaller vehicles or atv’s. We are going to leave it this way through the weekend. The road is plowed four miles past Pine Island. Good luck fishing!
Today in the bay there was 12 to 14 inches of ice. In the lake there was 13 to 15 inches. Those last open spots from when the ice shifted had 10 inches at the least. we are opening the road to anything less than full size vehicles not pulling wheel houses. (a half ton truck is a full size vehicle) no full size vehicles. We are allowing wheel houses to be pulled out by atv or utv up to 20 feet long but keep in mind that it is a little bumpy out in the lake.
The road remains to be in good condition. Last night just before dark the pressure ridge blew up. We had a lot of cars backed up until we got the bridge back into place. Everyone made it off okay. The bridge is in 3 feet of water just over pine island. I have not had a chance to check any more ice depths but Brian from Lake Road Lodge checked the road in the bay today with a 20 inch chain saw and could not get through. We are going to have a 60 degree temperature change from yesterday till tonight. Everybody should be very cautious for the next 24 hours no matter what lake or where you are fishing. The ice will have to shrink from the temperature change causing cracks to open and there may be cracks on some of the roads. Please pay close attention to the ice in front of you while you are driving. The resorts will try to keep an eye on the roads and mark any bad spots but this time of year the ice conditions can change fast. Everybody stay safe and use extra caution. Good luck fishing!
Today in the bay there was 14 to 15 inches of ice off to the side of the trail. I could not measure the ice on the trail as it was too thick for my 18 inch chain saw. The ice in the lake under the houses we opened today had 15 to 20 inches of ice. Our plan is to open the road on the 26th to full size vehicles and pulling wheel houses up to 21 feet long. It is going to be cold so we expect to gain a little more ice by then. Good luck fishing!
Today out in the bay there was 11 to 13 inches of ice. Out in the lake it was 13 to 16 inches of ice. No full size trucks yet. We are allowing mid size vehicles not pulling wheel houses and atvs with wheel houses up to 17 feet long. Some of the resorts are out there with plow trucks in order to get there work done. This does not mean you can drive your truck. If we crack up the trail in the bay we can not just move over like we do on a normal year on early ice because there is slush areas of to the side in the bay. Everybody be patient we will open the road when we feel that it will not screw it up for everyone. By the way a 1/2 ton truck is not mid size. The fishing is good with most of the resort houses out in 25 to 28 feet of water. Good luck and be safe.
Today in the bay we had 10 to 11 inches of ice. Out in the lake there was 11 1/2 to 14 inches of ice. The road is not open yet we need a couple of more inches. I will let you know when it is open. Please do not take your full size trucks out yet. There are a lot of people using the trail across the bay and we do not want to crack it up. Thank you and good luck fishing.