No need to sugar coat this… it's not looking good. There will be some fishable water around Sioux Lookout on opener but in my opinion, a lot of Lac Seul will be inaccessible.
Here are some pictures from the Deception boat launch, taken today (Saturday May 10), 1 week from opening day.
There's still about 8 - 12 inches of snow covering most of road.
The Deception arm is still locked up tight. The launch itself is covered with sheets of ice 16-inches thick.
I'm having serious doubts about using this launch to access much water on opener. Lost Lake (hudson launch) is going to be the same thing. Last year both lost lake and the deception arm went out the same day. Accessing the north shore (bear narrows) in my opinion, isn't going to happen for opening weekend. I know a lot of stuff on the lake is open right now (Manitou, Chamberlain etc.) because of the current, but getting there will be restricted by ice.
Sadly, the weather doesn't look favourable this week either. Highs in the 40's and lows down to freezing.
I'll get another report up later this week.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.