Ice conditions remain marginal on most lakes

Ice conditions are still sketchy on many Northeastern Minnesota lakes, according to this week’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports. The officers urged ice anglers and others to be extremely cautious if venturing out. In most places, there’s a good deal of snow on top of the ice, and in some places slush, too.

“Local ice conditions are poor and unsafe,” said Duluth conservation officer Randy Hanzal.

Fish Lake has from 2 to 4 inches of ice on it, said Kim Wagner of Hi-Banks Resort. She said some ice anglers are venturing out on foot to fish on Pontoon Bay. About 6 inches of snow is on top of the ice, she said.

Many snowmobile trails, despite new snow, are not in good shape for riding because swamps have not frozen completely, several conservation officers pointed out. The groomers can’t get on the trails until the swamps are frozen.

“Most snowmobile trails are deemed temporarily impassable because of downed trees and unfrozen swamps,” Hanzal said in his report. “However, local clubs are working on the matter.”

Cross-country skiers are finding good conditions on many trails, and groomers have been busy. For an update on Duluth’s city trails, call the recording at 730-4321. The Lester-Amity Ski Trail is not in good shape for skiing, according to the latest report from city gardener Tom Kasper.

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