Few chunks remain but Green Lake in Spicer largely free of ice

Icy lakes across the region are almost completely melted several weeks before the Minnesota state fishing opener.

Ice is almost completely melted Wednesday March 31, 2021, on Green Lake near Spicer. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

SPICER — West central Minnesota anglers are looking toward the start of open-water fishing season as icy lakes melt, indicating that the wait is almost over.

The ice on Green Lake in Spicer, a particularly popular spot for fishing, is almost completely melted as the temperatures recently had begun to increase.

It wasn't warm on Tuesday or Wednesday, but stronger winds the past few days helped to break up the ice. Thursday's forecast is sunny and upper 40s.

The walleye, sauger and northern pike opener begins May 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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