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Pigashalaka

Crow Rock Landing, Ontario

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Pigashalaka

Does anyone have any idea of ice conditions from Crow Rock Landing into the main part of Red Gut Bay, down Crow Rock Inlet? I would just be fishing the main part Red Gut Bay and not traveling through any narrow areas. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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fishmeister_86

HI PIG.,

I'M NOT SURE OF THE ICE CONDITIONS...BUT GUESSING THERE NOT GREAT AS WE HAD A LIGHT FREEZE, HEAVY SNOW, SO I'M RAINY'S ICE CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO BE POOR AT BEST COMPARED TO LAST YEAR. THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE MOOSEFART HAS BEEN IN THAT AREA, SO IF HE READS THIS, HE MAY CHIME IN.

SINCERELY,

FISHMEISTER

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Mooseart

The slush is easy to find. The ice is good and it used to be flat but a breeze has change that!........... Catching fish not so good.

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JCR

I am also trying to travel on Redgut Bay between Christmas and New years. I would like to get in by snowmobile to my place there. Information about the amount of ice and snow is hard to come by this year. Apparently not many people are traveling in that area. If I decide to go, I will be sure and post,hopefully you will do the same. If anybody else can give us any information we would appreciate it.

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rainy dude

I was on the ice near there on Saturday. There are a couple of sled tracks that have successfully made it out from the Crowrock landing. I suspect they were very powerful sleds and never stopped until they reached their destination, which hopefully would be on shore somewhere. No shacks will be going out soon, or for that matter any sleighs too. It would be suicide to pull a sleigh unless you are following a well packed trail that YOU KNOW is frozen. My trails that I have been packing at my cabin can no longer support pulling a sleigh because of the invading slush and thin ice.

Most of the smart ones up here are going to sit back and let those early birds make the trails through the slush and freeze the fishing locations down solid.

All in All, it's a bad year to be venturing anywhere until the others pack it down.

Sorry to be the messenger of bad slushy news.

R_D

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Pigashalaka

Thanks for the info, it looks to be best to wait till later. I'll probably check back in later Jan. Thanks much!

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Mooseart

The ice is GOOD and clear! The least out of 20 test holes was 6", more than a week ago. Today, most Rainy Lake ice was about 12". We have been out every day since the 19th. There is lots of shallow slush that any normally powered sled can handle.

We finally are having a normal Winter and this is bad?

The wind has caused large stretches to be bumpy, but the trade-off is that the slush crust will carry the sled.

Sleds have been traveling from Hopkins Bay, through the over harvested little secret crappie lake and out onto RedGut. When there is new snow, the old sled tracks get covered. Maybe that's why the trails and tracks haven't been obvious?

That being said, if you drive a pick-up on RedGut, best not yours!

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Cheers

Wow ! Sorry you changed your plans. The ice is fine considering it is only Dec. Yes there is some slush but not deep enough to worry about . The ice is over 10 inches deep and has a nice snow cover where the wind yesterday didn't get at it, the snowmobile floats over it as if you are on a cloud.

Fishing has been poor but looks like it may improve as the weather clears up .

I have to agree with Moosefart 100%

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JCR

Thanks Cheers and Moosefart, really appreciate the information. We will be coming into Redgut from the south, Dec 26 and traveling by ARGO. Hedging our bets a little since it floats. Have been coming in that route for over thirty years and I thought it should be OK. Over the years we have went through with the ARGO three times, and always was able to winch it out without getting wet. It's slow but with tracks can plow through a lot of slush or back-out without getting stuck. I will report the conditions I see when I get back.

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rainy dude

On the big open part of Rainy the ice is good and on a trout lake I checked the ice is also good. But the small lakes like little and big sawbill and porters inlet are not nice. Mostly slush from one side to the other. Only five inches of ice on both lakes. And the slush was deep enough to sink anybody thinking about pulling a sleigh.

Many air holes have appeared in the last week.

And I sure wish we had the big open water ice conditions a little north in the shelter areas. Hopefully soon though things will tighten up and the shack can go out.

R_D

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tearin' lips

I was up there fishing on Monday. Slush, slush, and more slush. Not horribly bad, but bad enough where you have to pay attention to whats going on around you 9-12" of good ice.

BTW fishing was good too!

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JCR

Moosefart and Cheers were right on. On the south part of RedGutbay,in the open wind swept areas, there was 4 to 6 inches of snow. There were scattered areas of crusted slush that we did not break through. In the bay we saw about 10 inches of snow and scattered areas of slush, that was about 3 to 4 inches thick. we had no trouble pushing through it with the ARGO or snowmachine. We measured the ice in the area where it is usually the thinnest and found about 8 inches. Of course stay away from the channels, and be careful of places with current. We had a good trip.

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Mooseart

Thank you for the report. I'm happy to read that you had a successful trip!

Even though it's been warm, the ice conditions haven't changed much in the last week. This is the best early ice that we have seen in years. In addition to that, the fishing has certainly improved.

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