(Area) Now that the winter weather has blown in, ice fishing may soon be a possibility. Officials with the Iowa DNR are predicting enough ice formation in the coming week to allow for the potential of ice fishing by the end of the calendar year.
Low temperatures this week will hit the single digits and according to Fisheries Biologist Brian Hayes the big snow on Wednesday came at just right time to aid ice development,
“It fell on lakes that are still open. We don't want snow to cover thin ice, it slows down the development but this shouldn't delay or affect our ice formation.”
Approximately 5-6 inches of clear ice are needed to ensure safe ice fishing.
“The Minnesota Department of Natural Recources says at least four inches of ice before you should venture out at a minimum. I would suggest five to six inches before I would venture out.”
This week’s forecast shows a low of zero to five above on Thursday, a low of five to ten above on Friday, and a low of about 10 degrees on Saturday night.