Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
GRAND DAD

West Battle ice

12 posts in this topic

Any one have any update on W Battle looking to get the big house out there this week end any body starting to drive out at all any info would be great.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have seen only a few small vehicles (older Ranger) on West Battle east end. 99% of people are walking, 4 wheeler, snowmobile. Saturday lots of trucks parked in Battle Lake didn't see any vehicles on the ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you Kobear am looking to tow my shack out with my 4 wheeler but it weights as much as a big truck so any info is great I will pull it out just as long as we have 12 to 14 inches out there any one know if its close to that

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the lack of vehicle traffic I'm suspecting the ice is more in 8-10" range right now, at least that's what I've found. Deep snow and slush is the norm, but this cold definitely helped the slush situation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So in other words it still a mess up there I have been on LOW and Red the last couple of weeks I was hoping it would be all better up there now, Do you think Chuckn I would have better luck getiing out on OT for a little bite I need a pretty clear path to get it out with my wheeler !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The mess is improving, but slowly. There has been almost zero new ice added in the last two and a half weeks from my observations.

I took a sled ride this weekend that crossed several lakes in the Underwood/BL area. Every one of them still had extensive slush fields that were rather deep. Some of these had washout holes in them too.

With the forecast warm up coming, I am hoping the snow will get soft and settle/melt down some. If we can get some cold after that, the ice should begin to get better.

For a big house such as yours, I would do a very careful recon trip frist, drillng and checking the ice thickness. A house of your size will likely cause some flooding in the area once you drill holes. Pulling it with a wheeler will be a challenge of the beaten path.

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No way would a wheeler move your shack without some sort of a plowed path, Grand Dad. From the sounds of it it's a Grand Shack! grin.gif FYI- My ATV wouldn't move my relatively small shack without a plowed road.

I would agree with Gissert, you place that shack on the ice and quite possibly your shack will be an island with lots of water around it. It's not good out there.

OT would be a better option, IMO, but don't plan on going too far off the beaten paths.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think the amount of ice is misleading. My observations are that the quality of the ice is very poor. I don't have a snowmobile or a ATV so will more than likely be walking this year. Call me a wimp and negative but I don't think we are going to see consistent, quality ice this year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was on Battle on Sat. and where I set up there was 11.5" of ice. Just my observation, I'm sure there is less in other places. I was NE of the access.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last Sunday, there was 4 inches of ice of the East side. It was out on a middle hump, but it will be scary if somebody drives of this area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the great info guys!!! What an F'ed up year for the ice I guess we can all hope for a tropical heat wave to melt all the snow and start over. When I was on my lake before I headed way up north I had any were between 1 to 8 inches on my lake and the 8 was in the middle of the lake and the one's were towards shore. I guess I should just park it on my land and just use it for base camp this year. Once again Thanks for all the good info!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the last two times Ive been out to battle someone has drove out to there house... there crazy!! with all the flooding and snow on the ice.. I wouldn't drive out there... the last time I was out on Jewett lake there were 9 cars out there.. and I also heard from a friend fishing ottertail there was three full size trucks off amor yesterday.... and theres a bunch driving out from pelican bay access.. I'd rather take a four-wheeler or walk still right now..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • jriegel
      Thanks guys for the tips looks like 3-4inch stick bright stick baits and bright spoons seem to be the go to.  Anybody ever vertical fish them or live bait? Hope the weather is.good next friday, i have always wanted to get out there and try it.  Bonus is the wife would be happy with some fresh salmon.
    • ducksnbucks
      I have been looking at the gages this morning and the L.F. still appears to be either frozen or have an ice jam at the most downstream gage in Little Fork. The discharge is not working but the water level has risen 3' since Sunday. The next upstream gage however is flowing good and has risen from 1,200cfs to 5,000+cfs since Sunday and has risen 8' in the same period. The Big Fork doesn't have cfs data so I am thinking its frozen but the height has risen 2.5' since Sunday. I would think with that flow and the warm weather it's only a matter of days until they both go.   Other trips like the Black River and Rapid River are all on the rise both cfs and height.   Also, I took a look at the Rainy at Manitou Rapids and it has risen about 2' and has gone from 14,000 cfs to 17,500 cfs since Sunday.
    • northspear
       I'm heading up Friday. Going out of spring steele. I have a delivery route that took me up there today.  Took lunch at the warroad access. They got it closed with yellow tape.  If anyone heads up earlier an update would be great.  I'm planning on an atv but will walk if I have to.  Thanks.  Good luck and tight lines!!!
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I herd some lakes in the BWCA were still in good shape as of Monday but I'm sure that changed by now.
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Your best bet is to go some place like Cabela's or fleet farm. Look at what they got find what you like as far as price style and color and try them if there not what you like exchange them. I would definitely say boat seats are a "you get what you pay for" you buy a $40 seat it's probably going to be junk while a $100 seat will last a lot longer and be made better. Hope this helps!