The winter island hopping season is over.

“Ice conditions are deteriorating over much of Iowa, leaving only the far north counties where ice fishing is still happening. Even in these northern counties where the ice thickness had been over two feet a few weeks ago, the access to lakes is becoming more difficult as snow melt and runoff is beginning to open some of the edges, and anglers who were once driving on the lake are now walking out,” reads a Department of Natural Resources release.

It continues …

“Anglers still going out on the northern lakes should look out for weak spots, black ice and avoid areas with slush or water on top of the ice that could create an unsafe situation.”

It might have something to do with this (from an earlier DNR release) …

“The incident Saturday occurred at about 8 a.m. on Fish Lake, a backwater of the Mississippi River near New Albin. An ATV pulling a trailer … went through the ice along with (the driver and) two other adults and a juvenile. All four were able to escape the water and get to a nearby island where they started a fire to keep warm.”