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The April snow is also stalling marina renovations and work usually done by now. At bait shops, it’s pinching sales, with Wayzata Bait and Tackle estimating that it’s down $10,000 in sales from this time last year. And at Al and Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises, one of six boats is in the water, but it won’t be cruising the lake. Instead, general manager Jay Soule said, they’ll get creative to make sure events like Saturday’s boat wedding will still be enjoyable.
“We’ll make dockside fun,” he said. “It’s another reason to make it memorable.”
Organizers are trying to save face, too, for the Lions’ Lake Minnetonka Crappie Contest, which has been postponed until April 27. Even if the ice isn’t out by then, organizer Roy Peterson said, they’ll scrap fishing and concentrate on onshore activities.
That may be the closest anglers get to a lake until the ice-out. Unlike golfers, who can retreat to indoor golf domes, Turgeon, the fishing guide, joked that anglers have no indoor fishing dome during wintry weather.
“It’s the die-hard guys who are itching to get out,” he said, adding that in 30 years of fishing, he’s never been unable to get on a metro lake for the fishing opener. “It’s not yet unprecedented [this year], but it’s getting close.”
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