It seems wrong to me that they would close lakes to the benefit of ice fishermen at the disadvantage of soft water fishers. Maybe I'll make a Constitutional challenge!
We don't get much trout fishing in the Fall as the water is hardly cold enough until the last two weeks for Catch and Release which is what all of us should be doing. There are not enough fish in our lakes and streams to be harvesting them. The remote lakes are hit hard by ice fishers in snowmobiles so there are very few lakes where fish will make it to their full potential. The one above is likely three years old. Fish raised in hatcheries rarely exceed five years of age.
Z18 has a few cold lakes where one can fish all year round.