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Approximately 50 anglers rescued Monday on Lake of the Woods

Strong south winds caused wide pressure ridge to open near Long Point

WILLIAMS, Minn. — Curt Quesnell was fishing east of Long Point on the south shore of Lake of the Woods on Monday afternoon, Jan. 1, when he got a message with a short video from a buddy that a large crack had opened up less than a mile off Long Point, and several anglers were stranded on the north side of the crack.

While Quesnell wasn’t far from the crack, he was on the shoreline side of the fissure set up over about 25 feet of water. It wasn’t where he wanted to be fishing, Quesnell said, but the crack that opened up at about 3 p.m. Monday, driven by strong south winds, had prevented him from fishing where he wanted to fish pretty much all winter.

“I put the phone down, and then I got another message saying that a crack opened up, and people are stranded on the other side,” said Quesnell, who lives near Long Point and fishes the big lake nearly every day, posting regular updates on his popular NCOR Outdoors YouTube Channel.


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