By Brenda Erdahl
Warmer weather this year could have put a damper on the annual Maple Lake Ice Fishing Derby, but it didn’t, officials said. Sure, numbers were down compared to last year when an estimated 12,000 people came out, but as event chairman Greg Thomes said, “you can’t hit a homerun every year.”
Last year a polar vortex created perfect ice fishing conditions on Maple Lake with well over 20 inches of ice. This year ice totals hovered right around 16 inches which convinced officials to scale the event down to exclude big rigs and vehicles other than snowmobiles and ATVS from driving on the ice. On Friday, the Wright County Sheriff’s Department announced both accesses to the lake would be closed to cars and trucks and deputies were out Saturday to enforce that rule.
According to Thomes, people were respectful of the regulation and only few had to be reminded.
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