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Published April 30, 2013, 08:46 PM

More people might be celebrating mother's day, instead of fishing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Moms may get their wish this year. With just days to go, there is a chance more people will be celebrating Mother's Day weekend, instead of the Minnesota Fishing Opener, May 10th.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Moms may get their wish this year. With just days to go, there is a chance more people will be celebrating Mother's Day weekend, instead of the Minnesota Fishing Opener, May 10th.

More than a hundred years of data, means we're in for a bit of a wait, for open water.

We recruited Tim Lamb and his power auger to test the ice on Big Detroit. We were fooled and amazed at what we saw.

The auger kept going, and going, until

Tim Lamb- Detroit Lakes: “Good, solid ice.”

Actually---34 inches of ice. Well over two feet.

No one is watching the ice conditions more than the 10:00 Coffee Club down at the Main Street Restaurant in downtown Detroit Lakes. Since the end of world war two, men have gathered in the corner table and for many of those years, they have hosted a contest.

Bill Briggs- 10:00 Coffee Club: “You know it is official, because it says it is.”

They all try to guess the day the ice will go out. But this year is tricky.

Bud Squires- 10:00 Coffee Club: “When you are talking 26-inches, and you have 11-days, that is not a long time.”

It will likely be one of the latest ice outs ever. The average is April 20th. In 1910 it went out march 25th. In 1972, May 1st. But with two feet of ice still yet to melt. It is anybody's guess.

Les Anderson- 10:00 Coffee Club: “I am not sure it is going to make it for opener. I don't.”

Jim Landemo- 10:00 Coffee Club: “They tell me we drive around the lake three times a day.”

What anglers need right now: wind and sunshine, but that is a lot of what ifs, when we are just ten days to go before the opener.

Lamb: “Rain, rain would take care of this real quick.”

One thing is for sure. The ice is changing. Blues and greys among the white. Just a little late arriving, in Detroit Lakes.

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