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February 1, 2013

Warning: lakes still have open water after freezing weather



The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department put out a notice Friday saying that Lake Washington isn’t the only lake in the county with open water.

Gorman Lake (Lake Cordova) has open water that stretches across the south side of the lake. Clear Lake at Lexington has open water on the north side due to an aeration system. And German Lake has open water on the southwest side in an area measuring about 60-by-300 feet.

“The Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office has always taken the stand that no ice is safe and traveling on ice is dangerous and at your own risk,” Sheriff Tom Doherty said in a news release. “Please use extreme caution when traveling on any area lake.”

The fact is there are a lot of anglers who drive out on area lakes regularly. Hundreds of people are expected to be at the Minnesota State University’s Big Bobber Ice Fishing Contest today.

Ryan White, owner of White’s Corner Bait in Madison Lake, said it doesn’t hurt to stop by a bait shop to find out the latest information about area lakes. He said some snow would help so people who know the area lakes well could leave tracks for others to follow.

“And don’t venture out at night,” he said. “I never recommend that.”

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