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Ice Out In Time For Minnesota Fishing Opener?

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  It finally feels like spring outdoors, but it appears to be nip and tuck on whether the ice will be off area lakes in time for the fishing opener this weekend.

  The average "ice out" day for lakes around our region in April 15th, but we're now already 3 weeks past that date.

   Maple Lake near Mentor, Minnesota looks like it's in better shape for ice skating than fishing.  Folks who live here year round say it's unusual, to say the least.

Cindy Braseth, Maple Lake: "I've only lived here a couple of years. But, my husband's family has had a place. Nobody remembers having it this late."

Reporter: "Do you think it's going to be a slow fishing opener weekend?"

David Vick, Maple Lake: "I don't think there's going to be any fishing going on do you?"

Reporter: "Maybe some ice skating?

Vick: "Well, that could be."

  Resort owner, Dave Tyler says the ice was off the lake in March last year. He's now betting the ice will go out by Friday and let him get his docks in the water for the Saturday fishing opener.

  Tyler says it's not great for business.

Dave Tyler, Oak Cove Resort: "Bad for business compared to last year, when we were open the first part of April. This year we'll be lucky to make it by this weekend."    

  Over at the Inn at Maple Crossing Bed and Breakfast, they're still expecting a good Mothers Day crowd at their restaurant.

  Owner, Jim   Thomasson is making the best of it.

Jim Thomasson, Inn at Maple Crossing: "The Weather Bureau did announce that this time next year, they're planning to hold spring…ha. We just have to be patient."

  And while this is one of the later ice out dates for many lakes in our area, it appears most of them will turn back into open water lakes, within the next few days.

  Here's a look at the latest ice out records for some area lakes:

The ice out record for Otter Tail Lake is May 4 in 1996 and 1998.

You have to go all the way back to 1950 for these two ice out records. Lake Bemidji's is May 22 of 1950 and Detroit Lake is May 17 of 1950.

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