Northland Anglers Braving the Cold

Posted at: 12/31/2012 4:08 PM
Updated at: 12/31/2012 11:19 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Cold weather didn't keep Northland anglers from enjoying their New Year's Eve out on the ice. Many people bundled up and ventured out onto Duluth area lakes where fishermen said ice is more than a foot thick.

"It'll only get more especially with the weather like this," angler Cory Ward said.

Ward was out on Pike Lake near Duluth with his family enjoying the holiday. While they were prepared for the weather, when temperatures don't rise much above freezing, you can't completely escape it.

"It is cold," Ward said. "It is very cold today, but inside the tent with the heater going it stays pretty warm."

Over on Caribou Lake, anglers were bundling up as well. Cullen Matthews has been spending his winter break from Proctor High School on the ice.

"It's all I really do during the winter, is ice fish," Matthews said. "I'm trying to get walleyes. It's a little late in the day, but I'm trying."

While the ice is thick this time of year, the Department of Natural Resources does warn people that ice conditions can vary from lake to lake. They encourage ice fishermen to check the lake before venturing out.