From the DNR
Locally supplied information about ice thickness is usually the best.
Bait shops and resorts deal with winter anglers every day and often have the most up-to-date information on how thick the ice is on local lakes as well as any spots that are especially dangerous.
Here is a link to a comprehensive list of bait shops across Minnesota and their telephone numbers.
You can search by city name or by the actual name of the shop.
Give them a call and ask how ice conditions are, or stop by when you get to town and chat with the experts there.
This is a privately sponsored website and some of the businesses they list may not be in operation.
Keep trying until you find one that is or check with Google or try the telephone company’s directory assistance service.
The website is www.BAITNET.COM.
Report on ice conditions
If you are looking for good ice conditions, your best bet will be to head north, near Mille Lacs, where the ice has been reported to be pretty good.
Locally, there is several inches of slush and water under the snow.
Which makes the actual ice thickness and condition tough to pin down.
One thing that is certain, the travel conditions on the area lakes, especially the smaller ones, is very tough.
Dassel Rod and Gun Club seeking donations
The Dassel Rod and Gun Club is seeking donations of either money, or corn to keep their wildlife feeding program going.
Due to the high cost of corn, their fund is nearly depleted. They will provide the feed at their clubhouse on the north side of Lake Washington.
Members will also set up, and maintain feeding stations as long as possible.
All of the donations received will be used to feed wildlife.
Due to the unusually heavy snowfall this early in the season, there is a definite need to save as much of the wildlife as possible.
Monetary donations can be made out to the Dassel Rod and Gun Club Wildlife Fund, and mailed to PO Box 239, Dassel, MN 55325.
Donations of corn can either be dropped off at their clubhouse, or one of their members will be happy to pick it up.
Call (320) 221-3005 if you have any questions, or wish for us to pick up corn.
The wildlife and the Dassel Rod and Gun Club thank you for your support.
Conservation officers reports from area
From the DNR
• CO Brian Mies (Annandale) checked anglers. CO Mies also checked deer hunters and sleds.
• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) patrolled area snowmobile trails and handled several snowmobile trespass complaints.
Anglers were checked on area lakes but ice conditions remain very poor with slush on all lakes due to the heavy snow fall.
Aeration systems were inspected on area lakes for permits and proper markings.
• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) patrolled the Luce Line State Trail for snowmobile activity.
Lots of snowmobilers are enjoying the good trail conditions.
Fishing activity has also increased on area lakes over the past week.
• CO Angela Graham (Hutchinson) reports the snowmobilers have been out in full force enjoying all the new snow.
Officer Graham also checked pheasant hunters, anglers, coyote hunters, and spear houses.
Enforcement action was taken on no license in possession, state trail stickers, and registration issues.