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
mfishing

W. Battle ice conditions?

7 posts in this topic

Just curious if the ice improved with the warmer weather a week ago or so. Fished W Battle over New Years weekend and the ice was spotty with slush. I didn't feel very safe driving the ATV just anywhere. Planning to head that way around the end of the month so wondering what to expect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would say the lake is good to go for ATV/snowmobile traffic. This weekend I saw a few trucks ventured out to the mid-lake structure, but there's no way I would do that..

There are some major slush fields that will stop you dead in your tracks with an ATV and may get good and stuck....know from experience while taking a little cruise. crazy.gif The big freeze in the forecast should take care of the slush and hopefully make some good ice. The ice now is pretty inconsistent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info. Last time up the slush and spotty ice really dictated where we could fish. Hoping to be able move around a bit more this time around.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What I can tell you is if you go from Shore line cafe and the publix landing and made a triangle out to the second group of fish houses out there the ice is anywhere from 15 inches to 18 inches I have been out there the last couple of weeks the weekend before last there was slush this weekend I didn't see any and the snow is starting to settle down a bit from that warm up fishing has been pretty slow managing a couple crappies nothing to wright home about and I haven't gotten any eyes yet. Hope this helps ya.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the info and the report. The forecast sounds downright nasty so hopefully that firm things up a bit more. If I have any luck I'll report back. Thanks again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is this "West Battle" you're referring to? I heard the slab crappies are biting there. Someone forwarded me a newspaper article. My IA buddies and I are headed up in a few weeks. We'll have to check it out. Glad to hear we can drive out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don't just go diving out there you might find yourself in trouble pay attetion to were people allready are driving!!! There is a presure ridge that is there as of last week end it wasn't a concern but with this cold coming in I have no idea what its going to do with it and if you look at my report its just a small erea that I know is safe I have heard of some very Sketchy conditions past that triangle that I was refering to. So be carefull!!!!!!!!

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

    • curt quesnell
      Nice fish and plenty of them is what has been happening this week. Almost as many slots as keepers.  We have been jigging but pulling spinners or cranks works great too. One of the attached pics is what is showing up in the deep mud, mostly Saugers now but more Walleyes and tons more fish piling in the next few weeks. Joe Paradis from Plummer Mn out with me this morning behind the fish board and, from Thursday fishing buddy Mike Lindholm with the biggest, fattest, best looking 25 incher I have seen in a while. Having plenty of fun fishing in the wind
    • curt quesnell
      Thanks for the reports. Steve, were you at Long Point today? I saw a Stratos
    • certified jumbo
      Bugs have been brutal all summer up their.   Glad you had fun!!!
    • JBMasterAngler
      Well, we went back up there to make up for last month. There was no making up anything! Bugs were horrendous, and the fishing was slow to nonexistent. The biggest point of going back up was to fish West Bearskin and Two Island lakes, and we didn't make it to either this time around either.    We still had lots of fun. Did a lot of hiking and sightseeing, particularly on the way up and he way home. Seen a lot of things I've never seen before. Was nice to sit out by the harbor and eat Sven & Ole's. Definitely a lot more people up there in July, as opposed to June. Well, we'll be back in October. 
    • monstermoose78
      Yeah I like decoys this thread used have some on here. I will try to hit a show Thank you
    • delcecchi
      BTW the "no fish on my spots" was just a riff on Tom''s "no fish under my dock".  Sorry for any confusion.  I'm not much of a musky fisherman, so wouldn't know if there are or not, really.
    • delcecchi
      It spit her out after the first bite..
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Have heard of people getting bit before but that was a really nasty looking wound!! And some claim that Muskies do not like to eat walleyes! People must taste better! Cliff
    • DLD24
      My last trip to Mille Lacs I lost a big eye right before I saw it with the jiggin rap...Then 10 minutes later I hooked a 28.5" eye and that was the most scared I've been fighting a fish lol... Every head shake I was darn near dropping my rod tip in the water lol.
    • monstermoose78
      What kind of hand auger and shape is it in