Snow and Ice Report for January 8, 2021

Ice Chart for January 8 2021

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Ice and snow report – January 8, 2021
Glenn Hart

Warmer weather following a large dump of snow over Christmas has created slush issues on many lakes in our region. Always be looking for wet patches and be warry of any body of water for slush.
Black Bay and most western Nipigon Bay to Kama Bay are classified fast, medium ice however Kama bay did have open water just west of Jackpine River recently. For the most part, Inland lakes have a solid ice cover and lots of snow for snowmachines.

Anglers should watch slush conditions as the snowpack may be nice and firm in the chilly morning but can quickly deteriorate during the sunny warm day.
Compared to last year ice formation is similar although not quite as thick. 2019 had thick lake ice at Black Bay and throughout most of Nipigon Bay at this time of year.

The large snowfall in late December has created an excellent snow base for machines. Quads will have extreme issues unless they have tracks. Areas west and east have less snow and quads may be useable, but snowmachines are more advisable.

Nipigon River Bait and Tackle in Nipigon Bay have ample minnow and tackle supplies for all you anglers with bait fridge in operation as well as a curbside pickup for essential tackle and bait orders. Visit for more up to date information.

Ski trails throughout the area being cleared and groomed with abundant snow. Warmer temperatures and some lovely sun should make for excellent ski and snowshoe conditions. KARHU NORDIC SKI TRAILS are reporting excellent, groomed trails ready for skiers.
A number of our area hiking trails are broken in and are becoming used much more. Again the seasonable weather will only make for an enjoyable snowshoe trip.

Weather forecasts show a warming trend continuing for a while.
Winds will be a light in the foreseeable future.


Minnows in stock

We have abunant minnows of all sizes.



Pull sleds, portable ice fishing shelters, heaters, Ice Augers and more.


Guided ice fishing

Portable ice fishing shelters setup and heated, holes drilled, You show up and fish, we take care of the rest.

Adventure Awaits

Welcome to the world famous Nipigon River. Here we measure trout by the pound. More than fishing and hunting with hiking, boating, foraging, site seeing, animal watching, bird watching and much much more.


World Class, trophy fishing for many different species.


Prime boreal forest hunting - large game and small.


Thousands of Lakes rivers and creeks to explore.


Miles and Miles of maintained hiking trails along the most scenic area of all Lake Superior.


Thousands of miles of bush roads for ATV, Snowmobile and 4x4 exploration.


Parks, Splash Pads, scenic vistas, waterfalls, and more....

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