Anglers hopeful for ice out in time for fishing opener

By KBJR News 1

May 7, 2014 Updated May 8, 2014 at 5:43 AM CDT

Tower, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The Minnesota fishing opener is coming up this weekend and many are wondering... will the ice be clear from the lakes?
Some resort owners are optimistic with wind and warmer temps on the way.

For the second year in a row, ice is a concern on Northern Minnesota lakes during the fishing opener. Lake Vermillion is seeing some ice out. Pike Bay is mostly clear and the owner of the Pike Bay Lodge is gearing up for the weekend.

"Occupancy for us is good. We're about half booked on this opener. I can't speak for the other resorts. I would think that most of them have some bookings and there's always places they can send their guests even when the ice is still on the lake to fish" said Pike Bay Lodge Owner, Jay Schelde.

Pike Bay is typically the first to see ice out on Lake Vermillion. Just down the road at Everett Bay, the ice is moving pretty quickly. Lodge owners there are saying they don't have many reservations, but they will be prepared for visitors.

"Tomorrow I'll be putting these, ya know, setting some of these docks cause, like I said, I expect this to be gone by this evening, so tomorrow I'll be putting the docks out for them" said Everett Bay Lodge Owner, David Gooden.

Big Bay still has plenty of ice floating in the water. Closer to Ely, Fall Lake is partially open, while Shagawa and Burntside are seeing ice 30 feet from shore.

Warmer temperatures and thunderstorms on the way to the Northland could change it all pretty quickly and when it does change, luck will be in the favor of anglers.

"DNR surveys and krill surveys and netting surveys are awesome for walleye this year. We're expecting a very, very good season" said Schelde.

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Bryce Henry