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Driving on Eden Prairie/Chanhassen Lakes?

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Anybody driving on Riley, Mitchell, Lotus, etc.? Thanks,

Ben

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Saw people driving on Lotus... Ice was about 12 inches in most spots but I found a spot that only had 6 inches.

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drove out on riley last weekend it was safe enough for my 1500.

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There has been driving on all of the above lakes and included is Red Rock too. I've found 12-15" in most places. I know you know carp, but for everyone, always travel with caution!!

Oh and GO SLOW!!!!!!!!!

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I drove by mitchell today, and there was three trucks in the middle of the lake, parked next to one another. I think we have alot of ice now.

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Yeah I drove out on Mitchell. The ice was a pretty consistent 12"+. I don't really understand the buzz out there. Mitchell had a significant winterkill last year and the fishing was below Metro average before that (except for pike). Over the past few weeks there has been more traffic than I've ever seen out there; I had to check it out. It sucked worse than ever. So perhaps I'm missing something...

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I don't understand it either. There is a lake like that near me. Its in NW EP and its only like 9ft deep. There are people out there every day and more on the weekends. The DNR doens't even have info on it.

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Ok I know what lake you are talking about...I iced it a couple of years ago. It has some decent 'gills in it. They will definitely be toast this year due to the snowcover on the ice. In fact, I'm willing to bet that the bite on unaerated shallow lakes will shut down very soon due to the lack of dissolved oxygen...

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so have you guys fished riley lately?

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I haven't, but I've been aiming too. I noticed that the "unofficial" access on the north side has been closed. This stinks, because I used to drive out from there to hit the point and beyond. So it looks like I'll have to wait for the ice to thicken abit more for the drive across (forecast looks good) or do some sort of epic walk from the public access. Either way, I probably won't be hitting it this week. How 'bout you?

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Drove out on Mitchell recently, ice is thick in all spots that I've drilled. Many other large trucks out on ice as well.

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