Met up with Fackin Dave, IFG, and BLM yesterday for some adventures on the ice. We decided to give Woodruff a try. Road conditions were a little rough in the AM, but the "Big Red Truck" plodded through the nasties and got us to our destination without incident. On our way in, the "Big White Truck" found a nice rut and got burried. Had a fun time digging it out. When we finally got the lake, we unloaded the sleds at the top of the hill and headed in to the lake, only to find the edges were not safe ice! The ice was only 1" thick about 5' out. Not conducive to sleds on the ice. So we got down to business and built a bridge out of stone to access the ice. Couldn't get the sleds across the bridge, but we did manage to finally get fishin. The main ice deck is about 10" of good clear ice, so no worries there. We went straight to the IFG's honey hole and spent the day over there. We had an OK day on the ice. The cutts were a little bigger than I remember, with the biggest going about 15". There were a couple other groups that used our bridge to get on the deck. Everyone seemed to at least catch a few. A couple of conservation officers stopped by to say howdy, and check our licenses. It was nice to get out with "da boys" again for some fishin.
Just an FYI, there is only about 2" of snow at Woodruff, so you can still drive down to the lake shore. I personally wouldn't take sleds up there until there is more snow. The rocks can be tough on skis and a track.
Didn't snap any pics today...kinda just sat around, shot the bull, and caught a few fish.