Bear Lake has a several hundred acres of open water at our usual launch and will not be sailed this season.
Saturday’s forecast is for upper-30s temperatures, and 5mph wind maximum. There may be a thermal though.
Not much wind is forecast for Saturday Feb 11. It won’t take much. Muskegon Lake looks like a mirror.
Good conditions for a party at the launch.
The forecast for Sunday Feb 12 is big wind in the mid-20s plus with mid-30s temperatures. It will be cloudy.
Ice fishing on Muskegon Lake was underway mid- afternoon Friday Feb 10 at the NM 2nd street launch, but participation was sparse.
I recommend caution. Muskegon Lake froze mid December, then opened, and we’re now on the third refreeze, which was late. The last freeze up was during a snowfall, so the ice is relatively weak due to a high air content.
We now have as of February 10, one hour and 15 minutes more daylight than at the December solstice. Ice formation is iffy later in the season when the UV has increased.
Sail with a partner, stay close to the Balcom Cove launch, and prepare for the worst until you’re confident with the ice’s safety. Even then, there may be a hole out there.
High wind Friday afternoon is not good for ice safety. Ice evaporates rapidly at thaw temperatures in brisk wind. We don’t see it melting; 50% humidity causes the ice to transform directly from a solid to a gas.
a past commodore