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Warm weather puts a damper on area ice fishing

January 31, 2013
By Gene Pauszek , The OBSERVER

If you noticed the photo in the Sunday OBSERVER's Sportsman's Journal, you would have noticed an ice shelter which was set up on the east side of the Dunkirk City Pier. The anglers reported on Friday the ice was at least six inches thick. On Saturday, there was a report of two anglers setting up their hut on the west side of the pier. After 9 p.m., I finally got a chance to check it out and was amazed at how much open water there was on the west side and open water also around the ARGO. After church service on Sunday morning, I took another ride and most of the ice was gone on the west side with the skid marks left on the ice from Saturday all but gone. The assumption is that the NRG power station must have been releasing more warm water and the wind and current were moving it east. Just another bit of caution to be aware of if future attempts are made.



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