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Minnesota Lakes Still have Ice Ahead of Fishing Opener

Updated: 04/28/2014 4:26 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 12:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

The state's fishing opener is just two weeks away, but many Minnesota lakes still have ice on them.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, most of the northern lakes will not be ice-free until after the opening weekend on May 10.

Lakes within the the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be clear by the first week of May.

Last year was one of the latest ice out seasons in years. The DNR said ice out dates in general were about 10 days later than usual across southern Minnesota, three weeks late across central Minnesota, and about two weeks late across northern Minnesota.

As a result, some notable lakes established new records for ice out dates, including Lake Mille Lacs, Big Stone Lake, Green Lake in Kandiohi County, and Lake Minnewaska in Pope County.

Trout Lake in Cook County was reported to have the latest ice out date last year of May 20.

The DNR is encouraging Minnesotans to report ice out dates for lakes by visiting its Facebook page. You should report the name of the lake, the county it is located in and the date the ice out occurred.

Lakes within the the Twin Cities metro area are expected to be clear by the first week of May.
Photo: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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