Warm Weather, Winds Sink Fish Houses In Grant County

ELBOW LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — Warm weather and strong winds on Monday are to blame for several fish houses falling through the ice in Grant County.

According to the sheriff’s office, several fish houses had fallen through on Pelican, Barrett and Lightning lakes in Grant County.

They said the warm conditions created a lot of water sitting on the ice. Mixing that with the strong winds, the water was pushed under the fish houses which melted away the ice underneath them.

The sheriff’s office said the fish houses were all unoccupied at the time they fell through.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said anyone who still has a fish house out on area lakes should think about removing them until the ice is stronger.

They also caution people from going on the ice because there is still open water. Grant County is located in west-central Minnesota.

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  1. Swamp Fox says:

    How much warning do you need to stay off the ice, especially with fish houses, until the weather remains stable? “Stupid is as Stupid does!”–the old axiom goes.

    Sorry to be such a pain in the glutei maximi to fellow ice anglers. But, what does it take to be safety conscious on erratic ice conditions in Minnesota this year? Is loss of life worth risking fishing on erratic ice? Think about?

    [Falling through thin ice gives you a life expectancy of 3 to 15 minutes on a good day. I know from experience. It happened at -20 below zero to me. Luckily, I am here to tell this story.]

  2. Ain't got time to be searched says:

    “The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said anyone who still has a fish house out on area lakes should think about removing them until the ice is stronger.

    They also caution people from going on the ice because there is still open water.”

    Kind of contradicting there, isn’t it? Sheriff wants you to move your house, but says don’t go on the ice until it’s safe??

    I say fine the idiots that have houses out there, just like those that are fined if their vehicle goes through. Sometimes it takes a good pinch in the pocketbook to wake some of these people up.

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      Right On! Couldn’t agree with you more.

  3. insignificant says:

    why would you put yer ice shack out there, then pay no attention to the weather/ice conditions,eh?…Swamps”stupid is as stupid goes” fits quite nicely

  4. Derric says:

    I thought you had to be smarter than the fish to fish. But I guess not

  5. Fishing trawler says:

    From ak in order to sydney, off-shore sport angling is a dynamic, thrilling, abundant industry. Only in america alone, you will find forty million fisherman, as outlined by …Fishing

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