WEST YELLOWSTONE/HEBGEN LAKE UPDATE
Regretfully, the first tournament of our 2022 season, the West Yellowstone Ice Fishing Tournament, will NOT be conducted as scheduled due to extremely unstable and inconsistent ice pack conditions, and an unfavorable forecast to hope for any change before the tournament date.
Scouts have been all over the lake for the last 4-5 days and they are all reporting the same thing. A very weak layer of ice, ranging from 3"-7" of mostly frozen snow (not good clear ice) with several inches of water and 5-7" of snow will not improve over the next 10 days to safely conduct this event. More snow is expected, and low temperatures will warm into the mid teens to mid-twenties starting on Sunday.
Hebgen Lake is known for slush, but that slush usually rests on 8-14" of solid ice. I am not interested in having to block off areas, mark off known unsafe spots, or change boundaries at the last minute. That is just an accident (or worse) and a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Tomorrow morning we will talk with the state of Montana, as well as with our vendors and hosts, about a possible reschedule, and will post that information as soon as possible.
Please stay tuned for updates.