Maybe if you have a kayak....when we went to houghton, not a spot of ice across the entire lake, but, i felt the water, i felt 32 degrees, i think by this weekend, mos tof the lake will be froze of with 1 or 2 inches(maybe less) of ice, then, it will stay cold for a long time, i would say it will take 2 weeks for the smelt grouds to get safe ice, probaily around 4 or so inches, maybe more......i hope the smelt population went down, i mean, it was very fun, but, it made the perch and, everything else suck on that lake...
Just kinda curious, how do you figure that the booming smelt populations on Higgins is hurting any of the fish numbers. I couldn't tell you how many trout I've caught out of there that have been absolutely stuffed with them. More baitfish means more and bigger predator fish.
Walked down to the lake this morning at 5:30, and it appeared that a good deal of freezing occurred over night.... of course it should with a wind chill of -20! Wind was strong, and it will be interesting to see if the new sheet of ice can stay in place with it blowing. If it does, good ice will follow shortly. Don't pack your trucks up yet, however!!
A timely question! I just went home for lunch, and there is a coating of ice that appears to cover the whole lake (can't say that for sure in the middle). It cannot be safe yet, but it won't take long if the temps stay where they are.
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