Lake of the Woods

The big lake is reacting to Mother Nature when it comes to ice, and with temperatures reaching as high as 41 degrees in the past week, some areas of the lake have opened up, with the majority of the lake still ice covered, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported Monday in its weekly update. There are single digit temperatures on the horizon, which is good news. Spearing is taking place for pike on back bays such as Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay. None of the resorts have houses out for ice fishing on the main lake, according to the report.

Up at the Northwest Angle, ice was forming nicely until the warm-up, but no ice travel is recommended and ice fishing is on hold, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.

Upper Red Lake

Some resorts are beginning to allow ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and snowmobiles to access the ice, but anglers are advised to stay on the shoreline side of a large crack and pressure ridge about a mile offshore that circles the entire lake, West Wind Resort in Waskish, Minn., reported Monday, Nov. 25. The ice up to the crack is a consistent 10 inches thick, but anglers should follow the staked path, the resort advised. Check the West Wind Facebook page for the latest updates as they occur. Bottom line: Use common sense.

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Area ski report

  • Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: Buena Vista opened for the season last weekend, and skiing conditions were good, Suzanne Thomas of Buena Vista Ski Area said Wednesday. Skiing hours this weekend are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. For more info, call (218) 243-2231 or check out the Buena Vista Ski Area Facebook page.

-- Herald staff report