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Ottertail Report 12/5/07 Pelican Bay Access

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I went fishing out of the pelican bay access and I setup on the first break. I drove my quad with my otter portable. It took a while but I made it, lots of spinning but I never did get stuck, there was about a good foot of snow. I didn't find any slush out to the break. Once I popped two holes I did have some flooding, maybe an inch of water around the holes. There was about 8 inches of good solid clear ice. I fished from about 4ish to 6 and caught 16 eyes and missed about that many also. It was fun getting back on the ice and hearing the hiss of the lantern.

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Thanks Ben for the info.. I hope to get out there in the near future, Was there anybody using the Amor access?? I sure am glad I traded my snowmobile off this summer!!! Go figure i have the thing for 5 years and never had use for it when fishin, now its a must... go figure

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I heard there isn't as much ice out off amor yet.. anyone else hear that too??

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I've heard reports of some pretty skinny ice off shore a ways. Last Friday , I could still see some steam in spots around dusk.

West Battle has similar reports. Ice thickness can be pretty inconsistant from what the lady at Ben's told me yesterday.

Pioneering new areas will take a good amount of caution as you proceed. I am going to give those two lakes another week yet.

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I know there's 7-8 inches off pelican bay access.. out to a 3/4 of a mile..and I heard theres only like 6-7 off greystone out a 1/4 mile..

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Did the cold last weekend add any ice out there or is it still a mess? Hoping to take a house out this weekend but the portable is ready if needed.

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We went and checked the ice on Sunday afternoon and we found about 8.5 inch's out there at the first break. When we punched a hole it started flooding still also. On our way out we hit 2 slush pockets with the wheeler. I don't care who you are you can't prepare your self for that feeling. Blasting through the snow and all of a sudden you drop down and water is flying. I am headed out tonight and tomorrow to give it a shot and I will report back on what we found Friday.

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went out from balmoral last sunday and had 8.5 then at about 3/4 mile i had 5 and you could tell it was thinner it only had half the snow on it. gonna test again 2day and hopefully get my big house and be releasing eyes by sundown!

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We are heading up there on the 26th of Dec. I know it is still a week and a half away, but how is the travel on the lake thus far (snow,slush,ice etc). We plan on using the Pelican Bay access, but we are unsure if we should pull permanent house up there or stick to the portables.

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FYI

We were out yesterday and some of our holes between the houses on the first break and shore only had five to six inches of ice, with a ruler. This is off Pelican Bay Access. Holy windy Batman, but I took a few perch went home with me.

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It is looking like it will be 4-wheeler/snowmobile for are trip. We are coming from southern minnesota so I don't think we want to drag the permanent up there and not use it. We will have to wait and see what the next 10 days is like before we make the call. Thanks for the replies.

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its pretty wild out there right now. guys are trying to pull houses out with vehicles!?

we were out yesterday and found one spot with 4-5 inches. we fished over 8-9 inches and it was flooding pretty good.

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We found similar conditions on the west end yesterday. I did not see any vehicles, however.

Most of the ice ran 8 inches or so. We did find stuff as thin as 5 in spots. Some flooding too, but the wheelers still handled it okay. Plenty of spots where the ice had cracked and flooded. Those were pretty obvious as the snow was gone. Where the healed ice turned to snow was where most of the slush was.

I have never seen the big lake as inconsistant ice wise as this year.

We fished a smaller lake in the afternoon. There was a good 12-13 inches of ice, but the flooding was MUCH worse than Ottertail. My wheeler had so much ice on it this morning that it would not move or turn.

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Rode out this morning through slush and snow, but managed to get around. The bite was pretty steady and we got enough fish for a fry.

I did ride by a Chevy Silverado that was parked on the shoreline break next to his fishhouse. We stopped on the shoreline break first and found some 11-12 inches of ice. Then moved and found anywhere from 7-10 inches.

Good Luck!

MJ

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