Well, this past week has been
a meteorologists dream of active duty!
We started the work week with
daily amounts of snow each day, Monday to Thursday, with 3”-6” range each of
those days. We went from very little snow last weekend to 12” to 18” in just 4
short days. Most lakes only had 3” to 8” of ice and then Mother Nature dumped a
load of snow to cause flooding on all area lakes. Thanks to the severely cold
temperatures, we now have the Ice Making Machine working overtime. This next
week we will be seeing the low temperatures in the negative column each day. Generally
speaking, the good ice is marginal on many of our smaller lakes. We now have
lots of the slush freezing through from top to the bottom. We just need to give
the ice and slush another week or two to develop itself in to some safer
Walker Bay of Leech Lake and
Kabekona Lake had just frozen over last weekend prior to the snow storm setting
in. For many days this past week you could drive by these two larger lakes and you
could visually see new areas of open water and/or excessive flooding that it
caused the lake surface to turn a very dark color, showing complete saturation
of all of the new snow with lake water from below. Those areas will freeze
good, other areas will continue to have slush pockets throughout most of this
Despite the challenging
weather that was dealt to us, we did have all of our spear houses rented out
this past weekend with most customers spearing fish each day. The panfish
activity has been slow, but consistent, with both sunfish and crappies joining
us for dinner on several evenings this past week.
Fishermen need to exercise
caution during the next several weeks prior to venturing out on the ice! The
excessive weight of snow on some very thin ice will potentially cause the ice
to become unsafe to walk and/or drive on. I have seen and have heard of
different people falling through the slush pockets with snowmobiles and with
ATV’s to find themselves stuck and unable to move. I personally helped extract
several fishermen that were pulling their fish house and supplies with a small
4 wheeler out to their favorite fishing spot, only to find themselves stuck in
a heavy slush pocket that they fell in to, approximately 100 yards from shore.
Don’t lose faith,…. the ice
will get better, the temperatures will warm up, the fish will bite, and we will
all soon be jerk’in more fish out of the ice hole!
Looking forward to seeing
many of you out on “The Pond” soon!
Leech Lake Area Chamber Office at (800) 833-1118 or (218) 547-1313.
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