About the only people I haven’t heard complaining about the cold and snow gripping the nation are hardcore ice anglers, who could enjoy one of the longest ice-fishing seasons in years. Though, if this news report from KSTP Channel 5 out of St. Paul, Minn., is any indication, even ice fisherman might be getting weary about the weather.
According to the report, more than 100 anglers were stranded on Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake over the weekend when snow and high winds set drifts up to seven foot high, threatening to collapse ice houses and obscuring roads.
“I wasn’t sure we were going to make it off the ice alive, it was that scary,” said angler Jason Strom. “[Drifts] were almost up and over our ice house – about 4 to 7 feet high at times.”
Volunteers from nearby JR’s Resort responded to calls from anglers on the ice, rescuing as many people as they could via snowmobile over the weekend, before plows could get on the ice to open a path to safety for the rest of the fisherman.