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mniess

ice thickness, what's the real deal?

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I'm out of laybacks. his blog is all doom and gloom about ice thickness. he is predicting a tough season. is mille lacs really not making ice? tongue.gif

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It's a very odd start on the pond. In one spot on the west side where ice has been present longer than the east side, I had close to 8 inches. 30 yards away I had less than 4. I can only hope things will get better.

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The blanket of snow is not helping at all. Trust the resort owners with what they say. Be careful and check the ice when you are out there, some places are thicker than others.

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Hey Mick!

Long time...havn't seen you since last year on the ol' pond. Did you ever get your house fixed after the dastardly deed was done to it? I am hearing about 10" in Cove bay. I think we will be in for a good winter of fishing but need to be patient. The snow is not helping at all, but think of it this way...we will have plenty of snow for banking! cool.gif

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Remember, it's still early. With these cold temps, we'll get ice. Hopefully we won't get anymore snow for a while. That didn't help things.

Just be careful out there.

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Just outside of Isle Bay off of Malone Island I had 4 inches in about 18 feet of water and around 6 or 7 inches in 7 feet of water. The snow is doing a good job of insulating the ice. It was -5 degrees when I left the lake on saturday night at midnight and I never heard any booming or ice making all night!! There was less slush than I expected though, so that was nice. Most of the slush was in the shallow water areas where grass or reeds were poking out of the ice. There was one pocket of slush in about 15 feet of water that I had to trudge through out in front of Father Hennepin State Park and it was only about 15 feet by 15 feet in size. Other than that, 10-15 inches of snow on top of solid ice was the norm.

GoggleEye

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I went out of Lyback's sunday. Not as much gloom and doom as the blog states. There was about 8" of ice most places. I got around ok with my old 2 wheel drive quad. The only problem I found was atleast 3 feet of slush under the ice in the spots I tried. You had to work at getting lines down, but it was worth going.

Scotty

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I would trust what eddy says. Some friends and I fished out of Lyback's Sat. morning. My buddy's truck said it was -23 on the way up. We decided to walk over by Popes reef. We found a couple of spot with only 4 inches of crappy ice. The snow is definetly a BIG problem.

I am sure Eddy has seen plenty of people go through in his life and just doesnt want to see it anymore. Better to be safe than sorry. We will eventually get out there.

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last time I remember resort owners usually lie to get you up there not keep you away! So I belive it, I am just hoping this cold froze the slush up because I plan on being up there next weekend for many days after my finals are over..

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Back at ya Phil! Yea we got her back in shape. Ready for another year.

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hey i work from a resort on the east side i have 8-9" out from shore aways but up by shore i have 4-5" with 1 crack that let water come up and it wont freeze so spent the entire day flooding the ice just trying to get rid of the snow so it will finnly penatrate. I have a hole day ahead of me just of just flooding cracks that hold water. talked to a freind who works for another resort on the east side and he will be pulling this week. It is just a roll of the dice on who will have good ice. But good fishing will be had by all soon

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we had 5 inches at the most on the other side of the heave out from doe island, the ice wasn't the greatest out there. ice seemed decent in the bay though.

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