OK. Here’s the latest on ice-out across the Northland, as of a few phone calls made in the past hour. This is a big deal, of course, with Minnesota’s fishing opener coming Saturday.
Lake Winnibigoshish — Ice went out Wednesday.
Rainy Lake — Still mostly ice-covered, according to Voyageurs National Park naturalist Mike Williams. For a Web cam shot, go to www.rainylakeonestop.com.
Lake Vermilion — Still ice-covered, according to fishing guide Dave Schaeffer.
Kabetogama Lake — Ice-free on west end, but big sheet of ice on eastern part of lake, said naturalist Mike Williams with Voyageurs National Park.
Saganaga Lake, Gunflint Lake — Still iced in. Fishing guide Mike Berg of Seagull Creek Fishing Camp offers little hope of ice-out before Saturday’s fishing opener.
Sea Gull Lake, near end of Gunflint Trail — Still mostly ice-covered but starting to break up, according to Berg.
Shagawa Lake, Ely — Opened Wednesday, according to Drew Brockett of Piragis Northwoods Co.
Boundary Wates Canoe Area Wilderness near Ely — (From U.S. Forest Service reports on Wednesday, according to Brockett) East end of Basswood Lake frozen. Snowbank Lake frozen. Moose Lake open with some chunks of ice. Most smaller lakes open.