Skip to main content

An ice fishing tournament gets canceled, with temps in the 50s coming soon

Warm weather has weakened the ice, so there are concerns for safety.

There's another casualty of the warm weather.

The Little Hole on Big Lake ice fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday is canceled, the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Ice conditions on lakes in the county are deteriorating, and with the potential for record-breaking temperatures later this week, the sheriff's office says the ice will continue to weaken, "causing concern for safety."

So they canceled the tournament's permit.

Craig Johnson, who helps organize the tournament, told GoMN when this happens they'd normally try to reschedule the fishing contest to the next weekend, but the weather isn't going to cooperate so anglers will have to wait until next year.

Johnson did say from noon to 3 p.m. they'll be holding an event at the Lake Side Park landing, where there will be free hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee, as well as games, prize giveaways and a cash raffle drawing.

Officials in other counties have issued vehicle restrictions on area lakes because ice across much of Minnesota isn't safe right now, including the upcoming Eelpout Festival.

Will it hit 60 this weekend?

The streak of above-normal temperatures continues, and the National Weather Service says record highs "will certainly be in jeopardy" later this week and into the weekend thanks to all the sunshine in the forecast.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 50s and lower 60s across southern Minnesota by Friday – likely the warmest day of the week. This weekend it'll still be warm, with temps in the 50s.

It'll be slightly cooler in the Northland, with temperatures in the mid- to upper-40s.

Here's a look at the high temperatures expected Friday across the state:

Next Up

Stillwater Prison

Investigation after inmate found dead in cell at Stillwater prison

Drug paraphernalia was found by officers inside the cell.

2 (3)

Focus is on family fitness at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon

Don’t miss out on the running, racing and all the fun things to do for the whole family

Screen Shot 2022-08-18 at 2.29.47 PM

Family's tributes to mother killed by partner in St. Paul murder-suicide

The 30-year-old was killed by her partner, who then killed himself.

FatalEaganCrashSceneAug18

Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal

The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.

Melvin Carter

What's in Mayor Melvin Carter's budget proposal?

Here's what the St. Paul mayor is putting his focus on for the upcoming year.

WCCO building

Digital, streaming employees at WCCO-TV vote to unionize

The 15 employees will join on-air talent and producers as members of the SAG-AFTRA union.

unnamed-3

Police arrest man suspected of sexual assault, weapons threat in Eagan

The investigation prompted a SWAT response in an Eagan neighborhood on Tuesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 16

The latest reporting period averaged just under 1,300 new cases per day.

USATSI_12923669

Jason and Carly Zucker sell Edina home for $4.18M

The property was bought in 2020, months after Jason Zucker was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Related

An ice fishing tournament gets canceled, with temps in the 50s coming soon

Warm weather has weakened the ice, so there are concerns for safety.

For 2nd year in a row, warm weather cancels annual ice fishing derby

The unseasonably warm January has claimed another victim.

For 2nd year in a row, warm weather cancels annual ice fishing derby

The unseasonably warm January has claimed another victim.

These warm temps are great – unless you want to drive on the ice

Several cars fell through the ice over the weekend.

Yeah, the ice still isn't safe

Recent rain has made ice unpredictable.

Sheriff warns 'No fish is worth the risk' after people fell through ice on northern MN lakes

Three people fell through the ice in two separate incidents Monday.

ice fishing

DNR: Use caution as ice conditions still vary on Minnesota lakes

The warm weather this month has made the quality of ice on some lakes a bit sketchy.

A bunch of MN lakes are seeing their earliest ice-out dates on record

Lake Calhoun is among the lakes to break earliest ice-out date records.