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JBMasterAngler

Late March Ice Conditions Bemidji/Cass/Winnie

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What is the ice like on these lakes the last week of march during a typical winter? Would going up there the last weekend of march be out of the question this year?

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Definatly not out of the question at all. Still plenty of good ice up there. Plus the Jumbos are on the FEED Bag.

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That's what I'm hoping for. Hopefully the shoreline ice will still be locked up, don't want to have to use a plank or board to cross open water onto the ice, not willing to go that route.

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Yeah I know what you mean.

Hopefully that shore ice will stay intact until then. Ice is around the 30 inch mark in most spots right now. More cold temps ahead it looks like.

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