These pictures are from Thursday morning, May 15th.
Two days before opener and the Hudson launch on Lost Lake is still iced in.
Still lots of ice at Big Vermilion too.
At Deception all the snow melted off the road since last saturday and the ice is gone from in front of the launch too. Only a couple hundred yards of open water before deception arm is iced across though. I still wouldn't count on getting anywhere on Lac Seul from Hudson or Deception launch on opening day.
Pelican lake opened up quite a bit today and it looks like you could boat from Frog Rapids under the Iron Bridge now. So even if Lac Seul is a no-go on saturday there's still options closer to town on Pelican, Abram and Sturgeon River.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.