The temps have been way below normal and the lakes are forming ice. Most of the surface areas are frozen over and now we begin the building process.
We can never stress enough at this time of year that no ice can be considered safe. If you must go out, drill or chisel as you go and always wear a life jacket or flotation suit. Four inches of ice will support a person on foot safely, but keep in mind that the ice thickness is rarely consistent.
This weekend might see a few early bird anglers out chasing sunnies and crappies on some of the smaller lakes in the area.
We currently are stocking the shop with all of the latest tackle and gear that you'll need for the upcoming ice season.
We carry StrikeMaster and Eskimo augers, and electronics by Marcum, Vexilar, and Humminbird and we also have live bait on hand from waxies to minnows and ciscoes too for the early ice pike bite.
Stop in and check us out and you'll find out why everyone says "Babe's IS the best little bait shop in Ely".
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Babe's Bait & Tackle
451 West Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731