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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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Most likely you won't be driving out. But the fishing on winnie should be good. Late in march you can find large schools of perch in that 9-13 inch range. Lots of fun when you find them . Don't be afraid to talk to the resorts for the latest reports.

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Yeah, I'm fine with walking. I just don't want there to be any open water to cross along the shorelines...not willing to go that route.

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Late March depending on the the temps leading up to it is usally ok to get out on the lake with a atv or snowmobile. I have a few times drove out in a truck in the first week of April. It all depends on the weather and the melt down along the shoreline. Either way it's a long walk out so atv or snowmobile would be a great help. I'll agree with goggy eyes fishing can be at it's best for perch. If you find them make sure you have plenty of bait. Back in 2002. 3 of us ran out of a pint of large crappie minnows in about 4 hours time didn't keep a perch under 10 inches. It was the 2nd weekend in april. It was a blast.

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Would lot's of snow up there help or hurt the ice melt? And yeah, of course I'd prefer to drive...would get to cover lot's more area, but I'll be ok with walking too (don't have atv or snowmobile). Will just have to wait and see what happens I guess.

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I don't think it's the snow on the ice melting but more of the snow melting from around the shore line running down into the lake along it's edges helping it melt faster. Plus the sun getting at the ground along the shore line warming things up helps melt it faster along the shoreline as well. If you have to walk out the south end of the lake has some good structure ( sharp drop off) right out infront of Denny's resort. That would be within walking distance. Also up by the dam not sure what bay to call it other than bowen flats area. I Not quite sure what road # it is but I know if you were going to williams narrows after you turn off hwy 46 heading towards williams narrows you would go left at the first road you come to after you have turned off of hwy 46. This road will lead your along the north side of the lake between Winnie and Cut Foot Souix. You can Park along the road and Walk out from there also. It would be a bit of a walk out to where they fish but there always alot of fish in this area. you just have to sort threw the small ones to get a good meal of larger perch. But the action is great. The Pines Resort next to the dam would be a great place to get some help or info on this area they place there rental houses in this area for winter fishing. Williams narrows road is about 3-4 miles north of the Gosh Dam Place on hwy 46. Mabey someone else could help with better directions and road numbers. All resorts play it very safe when it comes to opening there access at this time of the year but there are several roads leading up to the lake within in the Chippewa National Forest that you may have a chance at getting on the lake also. I've been out there with an atv thinking it's the only way left to get out on the lake at that time of year and seen trucks driving around so there getting out there some how. You just need to be very careful with a vehicle that time of the year. I hope you can make it out it some of the best fishing for perch.

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      I had a couple run in with wolves last year in the Longville/Remer area but that was just with me on foot with no dog.

      The one thing that gets me is "Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed" 

      I don't think I could just stand there and watch my dog die.

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    • smalliehunter

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      Add Sallie to the list.

    • BlackArrow1

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    • delcecchi

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    • Cliff Wagenbach

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      The trees are turning color fast now! Seems to gain color by the hour now!

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    • Driving a scenic route through a state forest is a great way to view fall color, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  

      Finland State Forest

      Finland State Forest

      “Routes through hilly or rugged areas dominated by deciduous trees tend to have the best mix of color,” said Jennifer Teegarden, DNR forestry outreach specialist. “And the dark green needles of conifers accent the yellow, orange and red leaves of deciduous trees in mixed forest.”

      Here are a few state forests routes to consider:

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      • Finland State Forest heading northeast along County Road 7 from Finland.

      Early October

      • Bowstring and Blackduck state forests along state Highway 46 between Deer River and Northome.
      • Pillsbury State Forest along Beauty Lake Forest Road between County Road 77 and County Road 1.
      • St. Croix and Nemadji state forests loop. From Interstate 35, take exit #183 and head east on state Highway 48. Head north on County Road 24. Head east on County Road 24. At Markville, head north on County Road 31. Head west on Park Forest Road. At Kerrick, head south on state Highway 23 to Interstate 35 exit #195.

      Mid-October

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      Visit www.mndnr.gov/stateforests for information about visiting a state forest and additional scenic routes. Entrance into a state forest is free. State forest campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $14 a night.

      Visit the Minnesota state parks and trails Fall Color Finder at www.mndnr.gov/fall_colors to find areas in Minnesota with peak fall color. The Fall Color Finder is updated every Thursday through the end of October.

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    • ZachD
      Ya I think my dog would want to go after them he gets really excited around other dogs. That's why I will never hunt him without his e collar because I know I can stop him in his tracks with it. My dog likes to hunt close and I never let him push out way in front of me so at least I have eyes on him at all time and can give him the command to come to me if I see a wolf. I always keep a slip lead with me as well so I can put that on him and not have my hand tide up reaching down holding on his collar. I had a couple run in with wolves last year in the Longville/Remer area but that was just with me on foot with no dog. The one thing that gets me is "Only agents of the government are authorized to take wolves if pets or livestock are threatened, attacked or killed"  I don't think I could just stand there and watch my dog die. Anyway did you hunt a different area? Any birds I have only been out once in the mille lacs area and didn't see any. Going to Nemadji this weekend and should see some.  
    • smalliehunter
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    • BlackArrow1
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