Amazing news — it looks like you won't need to bring your ice auger to East Bearskin Lake for the fishing opener this weekend.
Yesterday was incredible. We watched and listened all day as the ice made a remarkable transformation, gradually turning black, then crumbling and disappearing throughout the day. About 4 PM the remaining ice forged eastward across the lake, knocking around a bit of the big dock along the way–and then it was gone.
Ice remains around the south shore now, but even that is rapidly disappearing. Somebody who wants to fish on East Bearskin Lake this weekend must have some clout with the powers above, because the changeover went extraordinarily fast once it started. Considering that it snowed on Sunday night, a clear, ice free lake by fishing opener seemed impossible.
This is the update we received this afternoon on the ice status of various Gunflint Trail lakes:
ICE STATUS as of 1530, Thursday, May 8, 2008
Cross River to Long Island
SOME ICE REMAINING
Seagull (especially on western end)
Saganaga (quite frozen, according to the pilot)
Trout (east of Kimball Lake Campground)
The pilot feels that things will change quickly with the exception of the
eastern side of the Gunflint Trail (Clearwater, Greenwood, Duncan, Pine,
Judith A. MacCudden
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