2018-02-22 / Outdoors

Warmups take toll on trails; lake ice still OK

How’s the ice looking? “Wet,” angler Ed Martin said on Tuesday about south Lake Leelanau. “I was out yesterday from 1 o’clock to 4 and caught a few perch — not many — in deep water. There was 14 inches of good ice, but if you’re going to ride something out there, you’re going to get wet. That’s for sure.”

Glen Lake

Resident sportsman Mike Shimek couldn’t make it to the perch fishing contest on Saturday but was told Big Glen has about a foot of ice — which was apparently enough to hold up anglers in pickup trucks. Little Glen has more than two feet of ice, Shimek said. “At night it’s going to freeze,” he said when asked about the upcoming weather forecast, which calls for daytime temperatures in the 30s and 40s. “We won’t lose too much.”

Heritage Trail

Kerry Kelly in a Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes grooming report on Friday said last week’s warm-up and cool-down melted much of the snow base and created icy conditions on the whole trail. “Because of the thin base, we are not able to groom, so ski conditions are poor and will not get better until we get fresh snow,” Kelly said. “We will need at least (4 to 6 inches) of fresh snow before we can groom again.” The warm-up this week didn’t help.

Leelanau Trail

“Looks like we are in for a pretty good thaw,” a TART Trails groomer posted early Tuesday morning. “Rain and temps in the 40s and 50s this week will take a toll on the trail. We will not groom until temps fall back below freezing and we receive some new snow.” Volunteers groomed the trail with the Ginzu last Thursday after “warm weather and winds took a fair amount of snow off” near Suttons Bay.

Editor’s note: The Enterprise invites all ice fishermen, cross-country skiers, downhill skiers, fat-tire bikers, ice boaters, snowmobilers, hockey players, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts to email snow and ice reports to jason@leelanaunews.com by Tuesday.

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