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Has anyone been out on Cooks Bay? We are thinking of hitting this area on Sat, but would like to know a little bit about the ice situation prior.

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TommyJ33

I have been out there on my snocat. 6 to 8 inches from what I have seen. some slushy spots, as the 4 wheelers are tending to bust through the crust once in a while.

should be good by saturday, but as always proceed with caution.

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Where's Walter?

"snocat????" That's funny, haven't heard that word in years!! TommyJ33 - Are you from Thief River Falls? That's where I've heard it used the most.

I walked out on Cook's 2 weeks ago and the ice was good 7-8". Should be even better now. However, there was only 4" near shore, so I wouldn't recommend anything more than an ATV or a "snocat"!!

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Not from Teef, but have a deer camp up that way and spend a lot of time with old timers from the Badger, Roseau area. and that is what they always call them. Shorter than typing snowmobile as well.

Ice is very spotty across cooks and the upper west lake. Not much more than 6 inches in areas covered with snow. Areas that have the snow blown clean have ticker ice but 3 inches of the top is of the cloudy frozen slush variety.

Driving autos will be weeks out.

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Where's Walter?

I'm sure the word snocat drives the Polaris people nuts!

Have you been fishing on Cook's?

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Been out there 3-4 times with mixed success. "Where'sWalter" is right!

got one nice one and a few little cuffers. but all and all pretty slowwwww!

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    • Wanderer
      Yep.
    • IceHawk
      Nice gill Rick 
    • IceHawk
      HunterFisher Don't rule out trying that lake again. If theres a lot of wood in the water those schools could, be pinned down on other trees than you were fishing. Trust me I have a lake near Glenwood i fish that has a bunch of tress scattered throughout the lake. It took me numerous times fishing it to figure out patterns on that lake. But once i found them well worth it!  I have found lakes with a lot of submerged trees or wood usally hold some real good panfish, . They have plenty of places to hide from predators and anglers through out the seasons. 
    • IceHawk
      See you tomorrow Jeff we'll dial them in 
    • Borch
      Keep checking in here for any updates.  There's a very good chance that the location may change a bit as there have not been a lot of catfish at the methhole area.  Prefishing in the next day or so will help us pin down a location.  I will post any changes here.
    • Borch
      A lake like that with no real hole or structure lends itself to roaming fish.  If there is a defined weededge that will be your structure.  Electronics are not going to show you much until the fish is on your bait.  Drill a lot of holes and move around until you catch fish. 
    • HunterFisher11
      Hay thanks for your input.... Just got home and got skunked!!!!! But that is ok at least now I know to take it off my list of lakes to fish in the winter, but will be back on it come spring and early summer...
    • JerkinLips
      Caught 17 walleyes on Friday, but all were dinks except for two 15".  Caught 6 more Saturday, all small again except for one 16".  Also caught a 12 inch perch, 3 eelpout, and 2 tulibee. Considering the snowstorm prediction for Sunday, I pulled my house off the lake and parked it back in the garage for the season.  LOW next week, then onto lakers the following weekend.
    • JerkinLips
      I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday. I think that the 4 I caught this winter were tulibees, including this one yesterday.
    • AlwaysFishing23
      That last gill is a STUD Rick nice work!
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