AUBURN – Lake Auburn’s skimpy ice cover is weakening rapidly.

A check around the lake Tuesday revealed much open water along the shores and a good-size chunk of open water near the middle around the small island. There is plenty of ice free area at the Townsend Brook culvert on Lake Shore Drive, a popular early fishing spot. Many small boat owners will venture to that area on the opening day of fishing, Saturday, April 1.

The Auburn Municipal Beach outlet became free of ice around March 25. Normally, the ice departs Lake Auburn about 10 days later. That would mean an ice-out date around the middle of next week.

Last year’s ice-out date was April 20. According to the Sun-Journal’s unofficial files, the earliest ice-out date ever recorded was March 30, 1981.

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