For those of you keeping track the lake froze over 12-9 this past season. It seemed like it would never freeze, but this wasn't the latest date for instance in 1999 it didn't freeze until 12-16. Listening to it freeze over is like music to the ears, one of the many enjoyable things that this season offers. We had plenty of snow this winter and our share of cold weather. At our house we had a low of about -35 which I know varies depending on where you live on the lake and today a high of 58. It's hard to believe that it's already mid February, where did the winter go. My husband Cliff and I just came off the lake from a wonderful snowmobile ride. We stopped at the big island and enjoyed a cup of hot coffee while taking in the sites. There were several fish houses and even a few fishermen this morning. Last week several of us met up for lunch when a few of our snowbirds came up for the weekend. Monday I went ice fishing with the Women of the Woods group and we had a great time and even caught a few fish. It's so nice to be able to get involved with the fun winter activities here on Sand Lake, and a great opportunities to get to know more of our neighbors.
Ice out last year 2016 was April 17th, thanks for keeping track of this Mike Stettler.
I wonder what the date will be this spring? I've heard several people talking about how the finches have changed their song to their spring song already. The eagles are nesting and the days are growing longer, spring cannot be far behind. Before we know it, it will be time for our annual Fish Fry in June. (details will be coming soon)
I just received this information from David Weitzel, Area Fisheries Supervisor, Grand Rapids Fisheries Area
It read in part:
I have received notification that the proposed statewide Northern Pike regulation change will not be implemented in 2017. DNR was informed that the administrative law judge (ALJ) reviewing the northern pike zone proposal could not, at this time, approve the rule change. This means we cannot move forward with the zone regulations this spring, but instead hope to implement the rule next spring, March 1, 2018.
Most lakes in the Grand Rapids area will remain managed under the existing 3 fish bag limit (with one over 30 inches allowed). Following public input in 2016, the experimental regulation on Bowstring and Round lakes was rescinded, and these lakes will now be managed with the existing 3 fish bag limit.
The current experimental regulation (9 fish bag with a 22-36 inch protected slot) on Sand Lake will remain in place and will be reviewed once the new statewide regulation either approved or no longer being considered (hopefully next year).
We will continue to look to the DNR for fishing regulation changes, please continue to watch the DNR website for any further updates to these regulations.
I hope you are all having a happy and healthy season. I look forward to the changing sounds on the lake as everyone returns filling our ears and our hearts with the sounds of our neighbors and friends.
Carole Olson HG Test 3 22.214.171.1240