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ripstick

Fish lake today was very interesting.I guess they got fish this morning. I got out at 11 am by then some one turned the switch off. I would very much like to thank one person who gave me and a lot of people a ride off the lake this eve. I think he was a major asset you dont see to many people like that bringing everyone in who needed help. A big thank you.

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Northlander

Ya that snow sure made it a b1otch to pull the house back. That guy should have at least gotten a few beers out of the deal. He was going back out for more when I left.

His name was Mark I think and you will see him again to pay him back. A big THANKS Mark. You saved a lot of guys from heart attacks and strokes tonight!

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ripstick

I think if that guy shows up he could have a couple pitchers in front of him this weekend cool.gif

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Catfishunter

Would have been a heck off a hike from were you guys were at with that fresh snow and slippery ice under it. The fish were very negitive after system started coming through. I could hardly make them turn a head to my jigs. Did land a nice largemouth on a wolfram jig tipped with plastic.

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Papa Woodie

Was this gentleman out on the lake with a wheeler/sled? (I'm going to hear plenty of Duhh's!)...

Curiouis if the ice is good 'nuff now for a machine....or if he was sticking close to shore etc..

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ripstick

Woodie he was on a wheeler and getting good. tongue.gif

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Northlander

Woodie there were a few wheelers and the bubble heads were out in force as soon as the snow started flying.

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Capt.Blaine

Anyone find any crappies out on Fish Lake yet?

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ripstick

Didnt hear mcuch. Are you going this weekend.

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Capt.Blaine

No I'm not giong to be able to make this one. I am heading up to Ely Saturday with CashCrews. I'll be at the Burntside Bash though.

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upnorth

How is the ice and snow conditions on Fish Lake? I may be down in the area next weekend while the wife and sister in law make cookies and it would be best if I find something else to occupy my time. So I am thinking of getting the brother in law out and see if we can rustle up a couple fish, or at least get out of the flour and butter frenzy of cookie making.

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Papa Woodie

slush, slush, slush. Deep, very deep slush. Freezing weather. Makes wheelers and sleds into ice bricks. I think the ones out for the even this weekend will be thawing out for a week! Mine anyways. I'll put up some pics...haha.

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upnorth

That's not what I was hoping to hear smirk.gif Is there enough ice that they are looking at roads yet?

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cpinkert

I'm about to head out there, going to be walking. Are you able to walk on snowmobile trails, or is the slush so bad that walking is really going to suck?

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ripstick

People came in last night on foot at the highbanks and were covered in ice. houses froze up. Not a pretty sight. 3 big cracks with water coming up.

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upnorth

Not doesn't that just sound like a ton-o-fun tongue.gif

Is it slush all over or just in spots? I kinda figured all this early snow what gonna make things a bit difficult for ice fishing this year.

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Papa Woodie

There are roughly 5 major spots on as you come of out highbanks to the right. Plenty of places to fish before getting to the bad stuff....which is about half way to crappie village...and all the way across the lake.

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ripstick

Hey PW did you get your wheeler thawed out. What the heck are you going to do about the house.

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BD110

I wasn't able to pull my wheeler off of my trailer in neutral. I had to start it put into gear and kind of bust the wheels loose. I was lucky and was able to get it into a heated garage. What an ice chunk. grin.gif

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LoonASea

Hey BD110

Nice to see you made the local paper !!!!,,,Im still keeping my Y bones for ya to pickle ,,now if I could only remember to return your jar for a refill

Thanks for the lift back to HiBanks and I will talk to ya soon

Its going to take a while for my shelter to de-ice and dry up after all that slush ,,,I may just have to wait a few weeks before I hit the ice again

Randoid

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Papa Woodie

Tom...I had the same issues...see my post in the fish lake gathering forum. I wasn't able to bust mine loose, and took a dip!

SK took my ice house home for me, and put it in a heated garage...she is thawed out and ready for this weeks events already! Hopefully my wheeler will be ridable by tomorrow afternoon. Got a bit of plowing to do!

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Surface Tension

All those slush pockets that have a trail going through them should be frozen stiff now. They'll be very rough though.

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BD110

Hey Randy,

I'm glad to see you saw the story in the paper. It seemed like a very nice article about early ice fishing and what not. Sam is a very fun and outgoing person to talk to.

As far as the ride back goes there are some things I would like to say without getting some upset. It's more like food for thought...

If for what ever reason you are unable to travel at speeds under 40mph being your on a sled with poor snow conditions or your wheeler only has two speeds (off and full speed) you should think about offering to pull any one's gear out. If the end result is only to damage someone else's gear then all of the good you were willing to do is forgotten. I would like someone to remember the nice person that hauled them safely on or off the ice and there gear is none the worse for wear.

As I stated before my words are not ment to upset anyone only to get the word out to others to think about what could happen or what it is you would like to have happen to your or someone else's gear. Things will break on there own no matter how much care is used. Why help the damage happen.

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Surface Tension

Tom, with powder snow and no packed base just smooth ice, a sled needs to keep going. Heavy loads with a train of tubs and portables makes it worse. Its about momentum, without it you'll spin the track down to that glare ice. Now add fields of slush and if you don't have that speed its all over.

I would suggest if you need a ride out and have a sled with gear you'll need to have that stuff tied or bungied down.

I have all my stuff in my tub and it makes the trip, its no more or less important then whosoever I'm pulling.

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