Published March 19, 2012, 10:20 PM

Some area lakes seeing earliest ice off in years

Rush Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - The wind today, along with warm temperatures, sent the lake ice packing on some of our area lakes. Some people were driving and fishing on the ice this weekend, but today the strong gusts opened up many lakes way ahead of schedule.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The wind today, along with warm temperatures, sent the lake ice packing on some of our area lakes. Some people were driving and fishing on the ice this weekend, but today the strong gusts opened up many lakes way ahead of schedule.

On the shore of Rush Lake near Otter Tail today, it just felt and sounded like summer. Sand, sun, surf, and Tyler Patron of New York Mills took full advantage of the weather catching suckers.

Tyler had to fish from shore because Rush Lake, which he drove on to just 72 hours ago, is now in full stage ice off.

Tyler Patron – New York Mills: “Twenty inches of ice. I just checked the access out earlier and you could see open water in just three days’ time.”

It is not just anglers who are taking advantage of early ice out. Resort owners here on Rush and elsewhere are getting a jump start on the season. Down the beach at Shady Grove Resort, Tressa and Wes Jeltema are getting ahead of themselves. Spring cleaning and remodeling is full steam ahead now that the lake is turning itself over.

Tressa Jeltema – Shady Grove Resort-Rush Lake: “We have never seen it this early. It makes me nervous a little bit, because I’m scared hat we might have a storm.”

For some lakes, ice off will come three weeks early.

Tyler Patron: “My grandpa, he says in the 1930's he’s seen this temperature before. It’s crazy...80 years.”

There is no guarantee the fish will bite any quicker or more often, but it will sure feel good to finally see waves again.

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