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Ice Thickness

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crowhunter14

Heading up to Ottertail area this weekend, just curious on the ice thickness. Anyone needing extensions yet? I was up two weeks ago and had about six more inches of ice before I would need an extension. Have a good one.

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fishermatt

It's gonna be close this weekend to needing an extension. I have never needed one on Ottertail, but this year it might be close. I would never have thought we'd have this much ice after the crappy start we had with all the snow.

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Gissert

Bring it. It was -31 yesterday morning. You might not need it, but it would be nice to have it just in case. If you are drilling through a perm shack, you'll need it for sure. Portables, probably not.

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fishin58

The holes I drilled out there last saturday, i had about 7-8 inches to spare. Will there be that much more ice made??

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fishermatt

I think it depends on the exact spot. There has been quite a bit of variance in thickness this year.

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fishlakeman

I would definately bring one. On West Battle last weekend I had about an inch and a half of clearance, and with -28 regular temps this past week, it's gonna be real close. I was on OT last Wednesday, and had about 4 inches of clearance, so again, It probabaly is gonna be really close if not over.

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ottertailguy

I found out yesterday reading in the ice fishing forum that Strikemaster web site in their special section has 10 in. extensions for 7.50 plus S&H and tax. At that price I couldn't resist.

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