Unseasonably thick ice offers rare chance for Northland fishermen

By KBJR News 1

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 12:25 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - While ice may be shipping season's adversary, dozens of Northlanders were calling it home away from home as they wet their lines this weekend.

The unseasonably thick ice has provided Kamloops, Lake Trout, and Coho Salmon fisherman a rare arena for off–shore ice fishing.

The last time this happened was a few years ago, and is rarely if ever an annual opportunity.

It's more typical to see fisherman casting from shore into open water near the mouths of rivers along the North Shore like the Lester, and French, which is home to a Cold Water Hatchery.

Fisherman Tom Sieger said the bite was slower than hoped Sunday, but still had no regrets about spending a day on the ice.

"With the winter we've had I think you'd probably take any entertainment... you can," laughed Sieger.

Even with the thick ice, however, officials warn that it would only take the right breeze to blow the ice sheets away from shore.

Anglers are urged to pay constant attention to weather conditions.

Billy Wagness
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