The current areas, shallow bays etc. are largely ice free. You could launch a boat at several of the local boat launches. That's the good news, and the forecast is looking favorable for melting ice.... because there is still ice, quite a bit. Large basins are not open yet. It's still going to be down to the wire for opening weekend for complete ice out. No doubt there will be plenty of fishable water around Sioux Lookout on opening day... BUT... I still can't guarantee 100% ice out for all of Lac Seul and Minnitaki. Accessing the north shore of Lac Seul is still not a guarantee for opening day.... but it's going to be close. I'll try to post more ice reports within the next week. Thanks for checking benbeattieoutdoors.com
5/9/2018 04:22:13 am
Thanks for the update!
5/9/2018 07:33:22 am
Thanks for the update, heading into the narrows on the 22. Will wait for more updates.
5/11/2018 10:49:15 pm
Is this common for ice to still be present at this date?
5/13/2018 10:24:20 pm
Thanks Ben. It's now May 14 and I only have 3 weeks before I'm there. I see a lot of warm days and no sub-zero nights. Do you think it's going to be totally open by then?
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Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.