So the million dollar question for the next month is how thick is the ice? To be honest the answer right now for everyone and everywhere, is it is not thick enough!
I know I am supposed to be this big tough old hockey player, but no one is tough enough when it comes to early ice. So before I report here, please be careful and if your ever in question don’t go. No fish is worth a human life.
I do know of a few people who have ventured out on a few smaller lakes here in North Dakota. The early favorite has been Lake Audubon north of Bismarck. A popular ice fishing destination. A couple of the bays have 2 to 4 inches of ice but lots of open water remains. A few smaller lakes are froze but again, not a lot of ice so you need to use caution. Some of the northern tier lakes around Devils has some walkable ice as well. Haven’t heard much as far as the catching goes.
I know things are really gonna ramp up here in the next month or so. We are actually looking at some better weather for our long range forecast. Probably not warm enough to melt much but certainly not warm enough to make much ice either.
My Devils Lake Area guiding however for angling and spearing, I’m hoping to start December 1st. If your interested in booking a trip for angling or spearing get ahold of me at I will be offering lodging and fishing packages or any combination this winter on Devils Lake our of Minnewaukan, ND in conjunction with
So stay tuned here for more ice fishing reports as things begin to progress.