It's hard to believe anyone would still venture out on the ice. The sad truth is, they are. Despite the recent weeks of warm weather which has seriously deteriorated the ice sheet of the bays, an occasional angler can still be spotted trying their luck.
Often they are fishing on deteriorated ice within close proximity of open water.
This has not been a typical March for the U.P. The area has experienced rain, along with a prolonged stretch of temperatures in and 40s and 50s. It has taken a toll on the ice sheet of area waters. The calender may say March 18, but the condition of the ice is closer to conditions usually seem well into April. It is in bad condition and downright dangerous to be on.
For anyone to venture out on the ice to fish or for any other reason is nothing short of foolhardy - an invitation for disaster.
And disaster has struck. Tuesday, divers recovered the body of a Crystal Falls man after he and a fishing companion went through the ice on their ORVs. The Delta County Search and Rescue Dive Team was called to Iron County to assist in the recovery. It could have easily happened here. Recent weeks have been filled with reports of people and vehicles falling through the ice.
No fish is worth a human life. Ice fishing season is over this year. Period. The ice is too dangerous to venture out on. Anyone who is foolish enough to go on the ice is not only putting their own life at risk, but the lives of those persons who will be called to rescue them when they fall through the ice and into the bay's cold water.
Be smart. Wait until next ice fishing season.