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michaelpettersen82

How much ice can you lose in one day???????

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michaelpettersen82

Was just wondering with the temps the last few days, how much everyone thinks we lost. I was just wondering if local lakes are still ok to drive on.

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PerchJerker

It's not so much that you "lose" ice, it's that the ice deteriorates, softens, and weakens.

I don't think the first 1 or 2 warm sunny days is enough to do any damage, but it's up to you and to the specific lake you're thinking about going out on.

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Carp-fisher

The ice really starts to go fast once it quits getting below freezing at night.

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iFishMN.us

First to go will be the access's, be carfull and check them out before you drive on.

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Coach

A good hard rain will eat up a lot of ice.

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tisosy11

I would say soon enough would be time to stop driving on the ice!

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McGurk

In most cases, the worst part is the 1st 50' from shore. If you can get on the lake you should be fine. The shorelines heat up much faster than the body of water in the sun and melt the shoreline ice first. This also happens around rocks, trees, and dock supports sticking out of the water; they heat up and melt surrounding ice.

As was also stated, the "toilet bowl" effeect in open holes will erode ice very quickly, too, so stay away from actively moving water on top of the ice as that ice will be weaker and thinner.

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tisosy11

Yea - our 8 inch holes turned into 12 inch holes yesterday in the matter of a couple hours!

Be safe out there!

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SFBOY

we fished up on winnie a couple of years ago on the way up to LOW in the middle of march. stopped on a thursday morning and the ice was 30 plus inches thick and rock hard. the weather changed for the next three days and was in the mid 40's. we stopped back at Winnie and found the ice thickness was the same, but the auger was bringing up shavings that were much different consistency than we had three days earlier. it doesnt take much to change the ice all the way through. remember, the sun is much higher in the sky now and the nights are not as cold. still, the average ice out time up at the cabin north of hibbing is April 26th.

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claypigeon

Still 2 feet of ice as of last night. The top three inches is rather soft. You can still drive although ice out is the oposite of first ice, ice out you should stay away from the shoreline.

Have the craps moved shallower yet?

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    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

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    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
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      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
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      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
    • anyfishwilldo
      they only ran for a couple days.  They have them on the canadian side but its illegal to transport live bait across the border
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