I've been getting a lot of emails and message about ice conditions. A lot of guys are worried about their opener trips, and rightfully so. My earlier prediction of May 12 for ice out isn't going to happen. At this point I'd put it at 50/50 for ice out by Opening Day (May 19th). There will definitely be fishable areas wherever there is current, but getting to the north shore of Lac Seul (Bear Narrows, Chamberlain Narrows etc.) is unlikely, in my opinion, as this point. Things could change and we do have some high temperatures and rain in the forecast. I'll try to post another update in a week or 2.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer based out of Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.