DNR: Ice Still Too Thin For Snowmobiles December 7, 2010 8:30 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) It may be cold in Minnesota, but that doesnt mean the ice is safe yet. The Department of Natural Resources is warning snowmobilers and others to stay off lakes because the ice is too thin.
The DNR says there already have been several ice rescues involving snowmobiles. And a fisherman died when he broke through thin ice on Lake Washington in Blue Earth County.
Lt. Dave Olsen of DNR Enforcement in Grand Rapids says snowmobilers and others should stay off lakes until there is at least five inches of new, clear ice. And even with the snow, DNR Northeast Parks and Trails Operations Manager Scott Kelling says many snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding.
Rush Lake has 7-8 inches boys! People going out w/ 4 wheeler's and sleds. Couple guys pulling smaller ice houses out a little ways. Oh oh oh...the fish are calling my name. I'll give it another week. I'm always a little scared of the ice...and I hope my feelings never change!
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988