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Sunrise this morning at -20 with a -30 windchill.  Did the schools call off…. nope, it is only a half day and they all stayed on in our area.  I have folks going out for their first time snowmobiling today.  What a day to pick to be your first time.  Thankfully there are all sorts to spots to stop on the way to warm up.  We have another cabin of brave icefishermen, hope they brought their heater


Snowmobile entrance to the lake.  Snow compacted down the ice and it is the only spot to get on the lake.  Why go out on Lower Kaubashine….  To deliver a snack to ice fishermen


Safe Ice?  They told me it was safe….. and then asked for Sprite and Pretzels for a snack, could I bring them out


Shore line just to the right of the snowmobile trail… open water….


Strap on my favorite skates that can quickly get me across the ice before it decides to break through.  These skates are like having rockets on your feet if the ice is smooth.  Don’t ask the price of them unless you love skating as much as I do then they are worth it


Destination in the distance… Phone call made to Troy, is it really safe?


Skating along and running into scary black ice spots.  Pull out the cell phone and call friend at work and stay on the phone with her while I skate across the lake unless she needs to call the rescue squad


Half way across and safe so far.  Cell phone in hand, camera around my neck, skates flying, pretzels and Sprite in my pocket


The crazy hungry Icefishermen


Food delivered


The catch we are risking life and limb for.


I made it, and I am following my tracks back exactly.


No ice skates for Troy and Marv to negotiate the ice, instead they use crampons on the ice


This big perch is the reason they are on early spring ice and the reason I skated very carefully back to shore with my girlfriend on the cellphone with me the whole way


Had a group of guys up fishing this weekend who listened to my advice on their 2nd day and headed over to where Grandpa Gibson was fishing.  They did not start until 11 am and slow and steady all afternoon had the crappies coming through.  The top 2 crappies were about 13 or so inches give or take maybe an inch more.  They would catch 3 or 4 and then it was quiet for 40 minutes.  All of them were caught on Wigglers (Mayfly Larva) that they picked up in town.  Under the stack is one of the finicky perch that eluded Grandpa Gibson earlier in the week.  They only caught one perch the rest were crappie.  Had the walleye tip ups out as well but only found the crappie


The day before they headed to Big Arb and caught these perch.  They said the fishing was much better on Lower Kaubashine


Clear night and temps dipped enough to freeze the lake over last night




Couldn’t resist to chop some of the ice and see how thick it had become


You need at the least 3 inches I have heard to walk on.  I feel much better when there is a full foot of ice on the lake.  I know however, somewhere in the Northwoods there is a crazy icefisherman who has ventured out on the lake to be the first one this weekend


Plate Techtonics already at work with cracks and stress



Poe and his ice report.  Like the ground hog, what day does Poe deem the lake safe.  Today he did head out without hesitation


Old dog knows best…. I am still waiting awhile yet before sharpening up the skates and getting the hockey puck out for the boys