I was in Alexandria and Holmes City last Friday, May 3rd. The lakes were still ice covered. Was around Mille Lacs Lake today. There is some open water near the shore, but there is still lots of ice on the big lake. I seriously doubt the lakes in the far northern part of MN will be ice free by May 11th which is fishing season opener. :doorag:Brian from Alexandria, headed back to MN from AZ. Just hoping the ice is out and the weather warms up.