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How long will ice last

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Read my initial post, the plane I saw was not preparing to land or takeoff. It was flying over people, not roads for landing. Mike himself says the only place suitable for landing this winter was Adrians Road. We were by a bunch of fish houses nowhere near a suitable place to land. 

 

Anyway, as I said above no harm no foul as far as I'm concerned. But the FAA may not view it the same way so I wanted to give him a heads up. Settle down. 

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Here is my answer to the OPs original question. A lot longer then anyone would have thought. The way the ice is looking I think a person will be ice fishing until the end of walleye season. Who would have thunk it.

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Yeah it's going to be a bit.  This week does not look good for rapid ice melt.  Hopefully the predicted rain holds and the wind whips, to weaken it up.  I say 3 more weeks before the main basin is free, 4/25?

Here is the satellite from Thursday.  Open water in the normal current areas from 4 mile bay to Kenora.

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Was out Friday and Saturday.  Hard to tell if anyone else was out and about.  Only human life we encountered were the Arctic Cat test team.  The ice is solid 19 to 20 inches.  

On Friday we went out on 4-wheeler since there was no snow on shore and very little on the ice.  It snowed 2 inches or so over night so we went out on sleds Saturday.  The ice has not changed much in the past two weeks.  There was open water near all of the in-flowing ditches.  

I agree with VMAN, the ice will hang in there past the closer.    

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Has the fishing been any good or picked up?  I heard very good on reefs but that is too far from shore for me this time of the year. 

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good itll give the river females.a break

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We fished the reefs last weekend.  There are HUGE ice heaves all over the Knight Island reefs and we could only fish the edges and fishing was NOT good.

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Satellite from today.  Guys still ice fishing out of Long Point and Springsteel based on first hand knowledge I received.  I don't know that fishing is great, a few weeks ago it sounded pretty good.  Looks like it warms up but Flag Island NWS forecasted temps are 10-15 degrees cooler than mainland.  Hoping the lake is clear 4/23, but weekend of 4/30 seems more realistic.

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On Friday the ice was white and light gray.  After a bunch of rain on Saturday night it was light gray to black.  Around Rocky Point, the ice has not moved much, even with all the wind.  I am thinking another week and a half.  

URL had visible ice from shore on Friday, but no visible ice on Sunday. 

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Today's wind out of the north is moving the ice around quite a bit.  It won't be long.  I am thinking completely off by the 27th.

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Yep, it was really moving yesterday. The ice is piled up on the sand bar out front 10-12 feet high when we got home from work yesterday. I am guessing right about the end of the month for sure.

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Strong NE winds today have the ice moving a good clip.  So it must be piling up on the SW shores or just crumbling away.  Hurraaayyyy!!!  Let the spawn begin and over with by the opener.

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NE wind did a number on the ice.  Still hanging on in Little Traverse, Whitefish Bay and north.  Now we need a strong SW wind to mix it up.  Should be gone on the MN side by end of week/early next week regardless?

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We can probably end this post for the year!!!!!  :)

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It looks like we are a week ahead of last 2016 ice out.  This is from April 11, 2016.

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Yesterday's sat shot looks like this. 

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I would say its maybe 2 weeks ahead of last year. Your first picture (4/11/16) is a week later than your second (yesterday's) picture. The ice looks pretty good on 4/11/16 compared to what it looks like now. Yesterday's picture shows its pretty rotten from Flag & Oak north.

 

It will be interesting to see what it looks like following the warm temps and moderate winds towards the end of this week. I will be surprised if there isn't boat activity in the angle the week of 4/17.

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I think about 2 weeks tops, maybe even sooner.

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We walked out of Graceton over the weekend and the ice is as honeycombed as I have ever been on.  Felt some sagging walking back in on Sunday and that was enough for us to go home a day early.  Fishing was pretty good and I hooked into a big sturgeon that I don't think knew it was hooked.  She slowly took out line for an honest 15 minutes before I tightened down the drag.  Not once was I able to reel up any.

 

I don't think the ice has much left in her - 1 to 2 weeks.  It was neat being on the ice and seeing boats out on the lake to our east.

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It is making progress!!!  URL is nearly complete.

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Looking at the forecast, no wind to speak of until Friday, out of the SSE 15 to 25 mph with rain.  Then on Sunday out of the NW 15 to 20.  A NW wind is usually a beast.  With the gaps, cracks, etc... the ice is sure to be moving about and grinding down.

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The way the ice was moving last Sunday I thought for sure it wouldn't make it until this weekend. Now I am rethinking that. Couple cooler days and seeing the picture have me thinking otherwise.

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Yesterday's shot, 04-19.  Looks good.  Seems to be some hold out ice west of Rocky Pt.  I look forward to being on the water in a couple weeks!!!!Picture1.jpg.4cf1a70444b3a514cecdb5261b4beca3.jpg

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