I grew up in that area and before whitefish, there weren't a ton of people going out that far. We would go out for walleyes (before it was popular) and it was always eery. We'd be the only ones out there typically. We always said the bay has to be locked up, so the ice doesn't have anywhere to go. Or for sure the wind has to be blowing in, but I would prefer the bay locked up. I guess I'm saying we were cautious.
Now with whitefish, everyone thinks its no big deal to go out there. One big blow with open water around the bay and the power of moving water will snap ice like nothing, which is what happened the day those shacks floated away. The people they rescue out there are almost always not from the area and they always say the same thing. "There was 10" of ice, I can't believe this happened." Well I sure could....its not 10" of ice on an inland lake.... Its going to keep happening as long as that fishery is doing well I think.
I thought Larry would be wise to distance himself from Lonnie after that fiasco.