Lake ice melting as Quincy Tip Up set for Saturday
BRANCH COUNTY — Friday afternoon emergency services prepared to rush to the north end of Coldwater Lake after a resident on shore reported what appeared to be a snowmobile ice fisherman going into the water.
Branch County Sheriff deputy Kevin Butters found Craig Scheidler along the shore preparing to return to out on the lake to continue his day of fishing for perch and pike.
“I was about 200 yards out and there are five inches of ice out there. It's nice clear ice so it's hard ice. You can see down in it,” He said not concerned about going in.
This is only the second week this winter that ice fishermen trekked out on the dozens of lakes in any numbers. Many were out during the Christmas blizzard when temperatures dipped low enough, long enough to make the ice safe.
“I tend to try to play it safe which everybody should these days. I might not be out here after this weekend," Scheidler said. “That's pretty much gonna be it. I'm gonna enjoy every second of it.”
There were reports of snowmobiles and sleds on Gilead Lake Sunday along with ice fishermen with more than five inches of ice.
A lone ice fisherman was on Cary Lake Saturday. By Sunday cracks and holes existed across the spring-fed water.
Temperatures in the 40s with rain expected Tuesday and Thursday will make the ice too thin and slushy for the 60th Quincy Chain of Lakes Tip-Up Festival on Tip-Up Island.
The event will go on with a full day and evening of activities after COVID-19 then the summer storm damage forced cancellations for the last two years.
Swimmers will still go into the water from shore for the very popular Polar Bear Splash at noon, not from a hole in the ice.
New will be a wood cutter's contest. The family single-day event includes a craft show, fishing contests, kids’ games, and a jeep jamboree.
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Saturday night is the Fisherman’s Ball at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse.
— Contact Don Reid: dReid@Gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DReidTDR.
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