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Frank’s Tackle Box: Reflecting on ice season, looking ahead to open water

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 Apr 1st, 2019 by Keith Worrall  102

Modified Apr 1st, 2019 at 10:55 AM

The 2019 ice season is slowly coming to an end, with walleye set to close in Zone 10 after March 31. For those willing to drive north to Zone 8, walleye remain open to April 14. Most other fish species do remain open, however, be sure check the 2019 Ontario Recreational Fishing Summary before getting out there.

Local ice conditions vary from lake to lake and, with the warmer temperatures, could make for some tricky navigating once the sun softens the upper layer. Conditions on the lakes I have fished in the last couple weeks vary depending on the size of the lake and how much snow has melted, creating a hard first layer with a middle layer of slush, then solid ice for the last bit.

Ice fishing this time of year has its advantages. Gloveless days definitely win over a blistery minus-20 day! Anglers seeking a good shot of Vitamin D in the face will still have plenty of time to do so, but will need to use caution near current areas and river mouths.

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