Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz
Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Minn.

April 1, 2002

Ice could be gone very soon

With spring finally arriving, and the sun inching a little farther north every day, the ice on our area lakes has turned dark and gray and could be gone very soon.

For a quick reminder, a majority of the lakes in our area froze over on or around Dec. 20. It was a very late freeze over date compared to average years. Needless to say, and although it got here late, the ice can go anytime now. For me, the sooner the better.

With the ice giving way to spring, we should all remember that no ice, especially ice at this time of year, is completely safe.

Anyone on or around ice at this time should pay special attention to areas of open water on lakes, creek inlets and outlets, and very soft ice along shorelines. The ice on lakes typically melts from the shorelines outward.

Also, Lakes Winsted and Swan near the city of Silver Lake are completely closed to any type of motorized vehicle traffic.

2002 Fishing Regulations Handbook out

The 2002 version of Minnesota's fishing season began March 1. With it came a new fishing regulations handbook.

For any Minnesota angler, those who are old enough to read anyway, the handbook is a must read, and a necessary item in the tackle box.

New regualtions for 2002 are listed on Page 5, and as usual the book is packed full of useful information other than regulations.

The handbook is available from area license vendors.

Outdoor notes

­ The Winsted Sportmen's Club will hold its annual He/She Mixer Friday, April 5 at the Legion Club in Winsted. Doors open at 8 p.m.

­ It's time to get your dog tested and put on a preventative medication for heartworm.

The Lester Prairie Veterinary Clinic is offering a new six-month injectable heartworm preventive product called ProHeart. Look for the ad on this page.

­ Think about enrolling your child and yourself in a DNR firearms safety training class this spring.

Several local clubs in the area offer the Department of Natural Resources certified program. Check with your local community education offices for more info.

­ Good luck to those hunting wild turkeys this spring.

­ Don't forget about daylight savings time, turn your clock ahead one hour Saturday evening, April 6.

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