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CALVINIST

When will driving on G.R. lakes be over?

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CALVINIST

Will be visiting GR in a couple weeks just after Easter. I know it's difficult to judge with the weather factor and all, but what are your thoughts? Will people be driving or dragging?

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As a guess, I'm guessing you'll still be OK. Unless we receive a chunk of very warm weather, things should remain driveable. I will be watching to see when the snow has melted off the top and then start the watch for decreasing ice. I fished this past weekend, and there is definitely lots of ice. I just had the conversation at lunch and feel like this will be the year that the fishing opener for some lakes may still have some ice...I know it's early yet, but this has been one heck of a winter.

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CALVINIST

Thanks stick, yeah, that's what I kinda thought...

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bmc

All depends on the weather, but I'd have to guess through the end of this month. When the ice starts to go, a little wind and sun will make a mess of it in a hurry!

Brian

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troyfideldy

Ice was nasty after the rain and 45 degree days. Becareful there is spots melted in the ice where rushing water from inland culverts have been entering the lakes. On some lakes most of the snow has melted and become slushy. Landings melted alot where there had been road traffic on and off the lakes. Some of the slush has refrozen after the cold nights. I recommend wheelers over trucks. Some lakes maybe probaly still safe. No need to send out the dive team after someone.

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Cruizin for Fish

Was out on Bowstring Saturday the 22nd and had 36 - 40 inches of good ice - the slush from a few weeks ago had re-froze at that time. Even with a bright sunny day, driving off in the evening, we only sank a few inches in the snow that was hard packed when we came in at 6 AM.

Cruizin

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northernsportman

i saw a person out on the ice with a truck yesterday, but after this 50 degree day we had i wouldnt be out there...

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jigglestick

I was on winnie today picking up junk and old blocking from my areas. no problem. landing was good at highbanks.

road was good for a couple miles but the travel off road was better and very easy.101_0299.jpg

watch the old road banks for slush pockets.

still quite a bit of snow cover out there.

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when in doubt, get the atv out!

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bmc

jigglestick, that was one heck of a RV or Winnie mansion in yer yard today!!! Which one was it? I was north of yer place today but come up empty, except for the big creek chubs and perch, no gills or crappies to speak of. Any ideas on where to find gills in there??? The landing is getting soft and I broke through but it was still shallow enough to get out. Someone had been out there this AM as there were fresh holes in the NW bay.

Brian

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jigglestick

brian, an old friend of mine comes up to fish a few times a year. we deer hunt together. nice deer shack eh? grin.gif

things are changing now faster than I can keep up with them. I know where they were a week ago, last time I was out there.

I got an Idea to try on a nearby lake you might be interested in.

it's an after dark thing though..well maybe a little before dark. say 7:30 - 9:00 if your interested. I think I can get permission to walk out on the adjacent private land to.

I'm assuming you were on L.M.?

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bmc

Yeah, that was the one jigglestick. That secret lake sounded good till all this snow. Time to big my duck boat out and do some open water fishing at MP&L.

As for when will driving be done on G.R. area lakes. The answer is TODAY!!! What do I win? \:D

Brian

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northernsportman

For winning, you get to shovel!!!

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bmc

Been there, done that! \:D

Brian

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northernsportman

why couldnt we have got this in december?

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jigglestick

we did...well half of it anyway crazy.gif

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jadkins

Jigglestick,

I suppose driving on the lake is out. This sure put a damper on the fishing and my work. Went to Rainy last weekend and had a blast. Except when the motor fell off the back of the boat. But with a little finese we fished it out of the river, got it running and were back in business in no time. I don't suppose you will be heading out anytime soon?

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jigglestick

I went out onto the lake by here yesterday to see, but I didn't bring any gear.

I don't think you'll be seeing my rig out on any of these lakes close to home until next season.

I may boost my [PoorWordUsage] up to lake of the woods before the 15th.

has anybody heard how much snow red lake recieved?

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