Law, The lake the 68 year old fell through and drown in is the lake my cabin is on. I will be heading up there this coming weekend to find out exactly where he went in. The reason: everybody that fishes this lake knows where to go. It's not rocket science as all the fish in the lake are congregated in a spring filled bay. However, I've got friends and relation that are fishing there every weekend and reporting 20" + ice in this area. Anybody who has fished this lake knows that there is a spring about the size of a pool table that all the gills go to. Stick a camera down there and it looks like an aquarium of 6-10" gills! Makes it nice, because you will know in 30 seconds after putting your line down if it's worth staying or not.
With that said, there is a culvert where the discharge current never freezes and a few spots on shorelines, 10' to the right of my dock for instance that stay open as well...I have otters come out by my dock. I don't know if the ice got soft with the weight of the snow or what...
There are people driving on the lake. I promise I will get the scoop and report about it when I return. Safety first.
We had planned on having a memorial ice fisheree there this weekend, however might move to Lake Delta just because of this accident.
New Year's Eve, I had friends build an igloo in front of my cabin and sleep in it when it was -18 at night. They're crazy, and alcohol might have been at play here, but they did this about 40 yards from where my shore is "soft" and had plenty of ice.