Update-Kare 11 has an article about the late ice out
Ken Bradley, the state director for the Clean Water Action, shows terrible timing in the Strib today by talking about the effects that global warming will have on the fishing industry in Minnesota. Specifically, he cites the financial impact on tourism because of a decline in fishing opportunities.
Bad timing because due to the winter that just wont die, some areas of Minnesota may still have ice on the lakes by opener weekend. From the Explore Minnesota fishing report last Thursday-
On Rainy Lake, the shoreline ice is breaking up, however the main lake ice remains intact.
On Lake Kabetogama, some shorelines are becoming inaccessible. If the weather remains relatively warm, lakes should be ice-free by opening weekend.
On Lake of the Woods, a good amount of ice remains.
On Lake Winnibigoshish, the shoreline ice has started to pull away. The main-lake ice is looking black, and showing signs of a spring thaw. It will be another week or more before the entire lake is free of ice.
Battle Lake Although most lakes are still covered in ice, the shorelines have become inaccessible. Open water anglers may want to start checking the channels and bays for crappies as early as this weekend.
On Lake Mille Lacs, the entire lake is covered with ice, however the shoreline ice has started to pull away. Expect ice to linger for at least another week.
When the hell is this global warming thing going to kick in again?