“It’s gorgeous out here,” George Hall told editor Leeanna Ellis when we ventured onto the ice to interview ice fishermen in early January when DeSoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge opened the lake to ice fishing. You don’t have to be an angler to enjoy the refuge this time of year. Roads and trails inside the refuge are open to motorists and cyclists and hikers who are looking to view wildlife and some exercise. Thousands of geese, ducks and some swans may be viewed from the warmth of the visitor center.
On another afternoon I spotted Larry Landon of Logan, Iowa and Paul Ross of Omaha enjoying the comparatively balmy mid-40 temperatures to get out on the ice and do some fishing. “The fishing’s great,” Landon said as he sat on his bucket and watched his bobber, “but the catching’s pretty poor.”