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Ice Conditions

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Looking for reports on local ice conditions. I am hoping the recent melting may have allow the slush and snow load on the ice to firm up. Any updates are appreciated.

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I've been finding anywhere from 9" to 12" of ice on Cass. Most of the snow has compacted and firmed up, so it's a little easier getting around. Only ran into a few small slushy areas. It's not nearly as bad as it was a few weeks ago.

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Musky,

Thanks for the update.

Hoey

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Any change over the past few days? We're heading up Thursday. No looking good for driving on the lake with trucks?

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I saw a few trucks out in Allen's Bay on Cass this past weekend. I personally wouldn't reccomend it quite yet, but with the forecast this week, you might be good to go by thursday. I had -12 this morning. Please use caution if you decide to drive this week.

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There has been a SchloeRide sighting!

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I am actually heading up to Cass with SchloeRide (see post above). Anyone have any information about the fishing up there this year? I haven't heard much at all about the fishing up on Cass.

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I too will be heading up with SchloeRide and Great White Bear. Last year week fished on the south side of the island and around the ice break. We did ok, but any pointers are always welcome. Hopefully SchloeRide will snag that muskie this year!!!

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Well, not to be the bearer of bad news, but the fishing this year pretty much sucks. There's been some occasional walleye action during the evenings in 18 to 25 feet of water. It's nothing compared to what the bite was like last year for me. It seems like everything this year has been super finicky. Start out with a 1/8 oz. buckshot spoon with a minnow head or a couple of waxies and start downsizing untill you get bit. What's worked suprisingly well for walleyes this year has been small size 8 panfish jigs tipped with waxies. I haven't run into any real jumbos yet this year. Hopefully things will improve when you guys get up here.

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Well we didn't do so hot for the jumbos this weekend. The cold made it much more difficult to move and the fish we did see were very lethargic and picky. They would try to suck in the jig from 4" away, obviously not getting it in their mouth. Jigging made them turn away. Deadsticking actually produced a few bites, but if you didn't see them take the jig into their mouth, no chance on catching them.

The ice was 16-18" on Friday morning and only got deeper as the weekend went on. We did encounter one area of slush out in front of Sah-Kah-Tay resort. There is a road that comes out in front of their resort and the slush is to the north of that road.

Hopefully others had better luck than we did.

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SchloeRide, I talked a few perch into giving up this past weekend. Even a couple of small 'eyes. Both jigging and the dead were about the same for me. The cold weather made it difficult to move around, but no impossible. I was fishing next to the drunk guy in the blue truck. He buzzed the tower a couple of times! YEE HAW! Better luck next time. NEYAHH!!!!

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We ran into plenty of ice last weekend on Cass. Fished not too far off the Hwy 2 access while the local fire departments ran drills with water rescues and cruised around in hovercraft.

There's a ice ridge by the point to the east that we drove a truck over without problems though we didn't drill so who knows how deep the ice was. We could've just been lucky but it wasn't a significant ridge.

There was another more significant ridge further out just before the main lake that looked a bit iffier. It might be fine but then again it might not be. We came close but didn't cross it.

Beef said he went back over it later on in the day but that's secondary information so I'll let him post that one! What do you know Beef? Did you end up crossing that ridge?

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Nope did not cross looked like open water or slush on one side of it... There was 19 inches of ice where the water rescue was taking place... It was -83 wind chill yesterday morning around 3 am up here... I know wind chill does not make ice but the -33 degrees that it dropped down to did... I'm guessing we have 22-29 inches of ice now... If this weather keeps up we will need extensions soon...

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