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fishermatt

Ice Fishing done for the season

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fishermatt

Well, it's been a fun but short ice fishing season. I made it out twice before the snow shut everything down. Good luck driving a 4 wheeler or sled in 16 inches of snow on 4" of ice with all the slush underneath. What started out last Monday with great ice making weather has turned to a total bust 1 week later with all this &%$#*@& snow! What a deal!

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LBZFAN

I would not get too frustrated yet, Yeah, too much of the white stuff can be a problem. Colder Tempetures will cure all later on.

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Pleasant

Yep I was just thinking I will have to find my spot, flood it, let it freeze, put the house on it and call it good. Body is to banged up to go trolling with these kind of conditions.

But I bet my buddies that love snowmobiling are in heaven.

Lynn J

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Gissert

I think Pleaseant is right on the money here. Hopefully the snow pumps will settle down, and some cold nights will help consolidate some of the slop.

Right now, I am gonna give it a few more days.

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joe_stack20

anyone been out in the Edwards area? wonder what ice is like out that way?

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GRAND DAD

What spokes me is the little lake I was on this week end had anywere from 1 to 6 inches of ice.Were the snow had blown to one side of the lake on shore it was real thin so becareful out there!!! And this was before this new round of snow!!!

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fishermatt

This is just downright dangerous. I think the DNR should restrict any lake travel for at least a couple weeks til the water on top of the ice has a chance to freeze. The ice will MELT when it has water on top, so where there was 4-6" of ice before the snow, there could very well be less than that now. I hope it doesn't take someone dying to make people aware of how dangerous it really is. I have a wife and kid at home, and no fish is worth my life. I'm usually one of the first ones out once the ice is safe, but I'll be following someone else's tracks this year. What a revolting development this is. frown.gif

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jerkin'm

Figures...First year with a new permanent shack and this mess comes early...Be easier to go chase deer with the smokepole this weekend at least.. grin.gif

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DEADhead

Quote:

I think the DNR should restrict any lake travel for at least a couple weeks til the water on top of the ice has a chance to freeze.


I'll disagree with that one. I agree that the is ice plenty dangerous and I am not in any rush to venture out on most lakes right now. And I'll agree that all this snow is not good for making ice right now. But I don't think that a blanket closure for lakes is appropriate, due to the fact that no two lakes are the same. Let common sense be your judgement when determining whether or not to head out on a lake. There are some lakes just a bit north in DL that have enough ice to probably support all the snow we got this past week. But I don't want to be potentially be forced off of a lake with good ice on my sled or with my portable, just because some other lakes in the county are slushy. Give it time and the lakes will recover from all of this snow.

Even though this snow is not good for fishing right now, I'll still take it over last season. That was pathetic.

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fishermatt

Thank you DeadHead! I was hoping someone would disagree with that outlandishly ridiculous statement I made!

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101winchester

There were some hard sides out quite a ways on Ottertail today out from the public access.

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Gissert

LOL, Fishermatt. I think most of us have been hanging our heads that we never even blinked at your post.

I id'ed a couple of spots that I can get to, and my sleds are ready to go. I just might be fishing tomorrow evening!

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DEADhead

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once I get my sled back from the dealer, it's time to hit the ice up here and do some fishing!

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walleye_jigger

We stopped by the public access on the south side of Ottertail last night to check it out. I counted 5 perm. out on the first break and multiple atv's out with portables. Walked out 75-100 yards and kicked down to the ice, about 8 inch's of snow and no slush. We didn't punch any holes so ice thickness is unknown so be safe if you head out that way.

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Gissert

I just got back from a recon mission. Some water on top of six inches of ice. Gonna give it a go this afternoon!

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tacklebox7FF

7 inches and a some flooding on ottertail from graystone.. pretty deep snow.. walking is rough out there.. especially pulling a portable..

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