1/4/2013 11:33:00 AM Area lakes seeing good ice, ice fishing conditions
A year after most area lakes had little or no ice fishing activity, the local DNR Fisheries office reports good ice and active fishing on most area lakes.
Fisheries Manager Ryan Doorenbos stated that most area lakes are reporting ice levels of 10 to 15 inches in thickness. He added that many lakes have seen active levels of traffic and several fishhouse structures on the lakes. Doorenbos reported that ice fishing for walleye, crappies and bluegills has been good, while perch reports have been more spotty.
Because of the 2012 drought, water levels in many area lakes are down by as much as two or three feet from normal. However, the limited snow cover has allowed most area lakes to maintain a healthy oxygen supply.
Doorenbos reported that about three-fourths of the lakes that have aeration systems in place have turned those systems on. As of yet, the aeration system on Cottonwood Lake has not yet been turned on, but Doorenbos reported that the timing of when systems are turned on is at the discretion of local lake officials, not the DNR.