By Tim Kowols
The stranding of four Illinois men while fishing Sunday afternoon was another sign that some patches of ice are not quite ready for anglers yet. According to the Door County Advocate, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Brussels-Union-Gardner and Sturgeon Bay Fire Departments, and the Door County Sheriff’s Department had to rescue the four men near Johannes Road in the town of Gardner after they found the ice had opened up while they were fishing. Fishing guide J.J. Malvitz says while ice depths in some parts of the county like Little Sturgeon are at eight to twelve inches, some areas need some more time.
The anglers were able to get back to shore without injuries before 5:45 p.m.