LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The small lakes, channels, and bays have a thin layer of ice on them, whether or not they allow for foot traffic by the weekend will depend on temperatures during the week. Strong winds early this week have kept the main portions of most big lakes from capping.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A thin layer of ice has taken hold on the small lakes, but with the exception of shoreline ice on the big lakes, most of them remained open. It will take a few nights of cold, calm weather for this area to offer ice depths favorable for walking.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Everything looks good for an early start to the winter fishing season with three inches of ice reported on some small lakes. A few anglers started walking on some of those traditional, early-ice spots Tuesday morning, but caution is advised heading into this weekend, especially on the big, deep lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
As of Tuesday morning, open water was still noticeable on most big lakes, mainly in the middle of them where the wind hit. The small lakes are capped with two to four inches of ice, based on reports from anglers that have been checking it. Many of these small bodies of water could offer walkable ice by this weekend.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297