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of the ice. That was about as bad a crack as I’ve sat through.”

While the sudden appearance of the crack was startling, it wasn’t alarming.

“Where’s the ice going to go?” Denny said. “It’s got no place to go. It can’t separate and you fall between. That doesn’t happen. It can’t happen.”

Denny has never ended up in the water when ice fishing, but he’s seen it happen. One winter he went to Cheney Lake by himself and saw someone ice fishing. He talked to two men in a pickup who agreed to go out on the ice with him to try their luck.

“I said, ‘I don’t know about you, but I’m going to follow that guy’s tracks all the way out there,’” Denny recalled. “I was in the lead, and they were on either side of me about 10 feet. Pretty soon, whoosh, there’s one that went through. It was only about four feet deep.”

Soaked and freezing, that fishing partner headed back to shore while Denny and the other continued.

“We went about 30 yards farther and he went through,” Denny said.

Air temperature, wind, topography of the lake, and water currents are factors that contribute to uneven ice formation.

“If you haven’t been out on the ice yet, you always want to drill holes about every 20 feet or so to get a feel for how thick it is,” Derek said.

Pointing to a distant offshore area near Cottonwood Point, Denny said, “I don’t think I’d try it out there.”

Suddenly, Denny’s rod tip bent. “That’s probably another white bass,” he said. “Oh, no, I finally got a keeper. What do you know; we get to add to our little pile. That’s the first decent crappie I’ve caught all day.”

Denny cast a glance toward Derek.“Mine’s bigger than yours,” he said as he worked to unhook the crappie.

Derek moved closer, then dropped his lure into the hole Denny’s crappie had come out of.

“Hey, get out of my hole,” Denny said. “What are you doing?”

“You looked busy,” Derek said. “I’m not busy now,” Denny replied. Reel spinning, Derek cracked a small smile. “I’m moving,” he said.

Such banter was common between the two, who fish together often.

“I have four kids and he’s the only one that likes to go fishing,” Denny said. “I don’t know where I went wrong with the others.”

The Krugers’ cache held walleye and crappie. Anything else they catch goes back in the lake.

“In the last 20 years, I don’t think I’ve fished for anything but walleye and crappie,” Denny said. “Last time my mouth touched a white bass was probably 25 years ago, and it’s not going to touch another one. We are fishing snobs.”

Denny said they probably would return for more fishing Friday, but struck a melancholy tone as he looked toward the weekend.

“Thirty-seven today, 49 by Monday, and rain? That rain is going to melt this ice so fast,” he said. “I’d rather it stay cold.”


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