AUBURN – Lake Auburn is now free of its winter coat. By Wednesday afternoon, the lake was ice free for all intents and purposes, with only a few, small patches of ice floating along the shore. Many anglers were taking advantage of the open water and summerlike temperatures to wet a line.

Therefore, the date of Wednesday, April 23 will be etched into the unofficial Sun Journal files as the 2008 ice-out date. This is consistent with the timing of recent years. Last spring’s ice-out date was also April 23. Although the 2006 ice-out was a near-record March 31, Lake Auburn wasn’t clear of ice in 2005 until April 20.

March 30 is the earliest recorded date in the Sun Journal’s official log, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.

May 6 was the latest recorded date, set in 1939 and matched the following year.

For a full rundown of ice-out data from around the state, go to

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