- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The usual spectacle of colonies of ice houses is missing from many lakes in North Dakota this winter.

The reason is too much snow, which suffocates access points to lakes and makes travel on lakes virtually impossible, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2jAg7qq ) reported.

During the North American Ice Fishing Circuit’s national qualifying tournament at Lake Metigoshe on Sunday, participants weren’t able to use vehicles to move about the lake from one fishing area to the other as they typically do.

“When you’ve got this much snow on the lake there’s no trail systems. You wouldn’t get very far with a pick-up plow and the ice isn’t reliable enough for heavier machinery,” said Zippy Dahl, Perch Patrol Guide Service on Devils Lake.

Myron Langehaug of Bottineau said the lake had open water when the winter storms began to ascend on the region. The snow on top of the lake provided a barrier of insulation as the body of water froze. As a result, many areas of the lake were somewhat slushy.

“A person got a quad-track vehicle stuck. There’s so much snow on top of the ice. It’s really weird,” said Langehaug. “One guy drilled through ice, then water and ice again. I’ve never seen it like this. It’s just sad.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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