The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now taking public comment on a proposal to open Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge to ice fishing.
The comment period on the draft plan began Nov. 12 and continues through Dec. 20. There are a lot of hoops to jump through before the plan translates into anglers being able to fish through the ice on Lake Alice, but it should be welcome news for anglers who’ve been itching to fish the refuge portion of the lake through the ice.
The lake now is connected to several upstream waters in the Devils Lake Basin, and groups such as the Lake Region Anglers Association in Devils Lake have been working with the Fish and Wildlife Service to get the proposal to this point.
The portion of Lake Alice within refuge boundaries would remain closed to open-water fishing under the Service’s proposal.
I’ll be doing a story for this Sunday’s Outdoors section with more details on the draft plan, which hopefully will include a timetable for when the feds will open the lake for ice fishing. But in the meantime, the Service’s draft documents are available online here.
Paper copies of the plan also are available at the Devils Lake office of the Fish and Wildlife Service, 221 Second St., N.W.
To comment on the plan, write the Service at the above address or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Draft Fishing Plan” in the subject line.