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Going to be in the Crosslake area this weekend, haven't been on the ice since early Feb., is it safe to assume we can still walk out on the lakes in this area?

Any reports of ice thickness to date?

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Conditions are starting to vary.  Stay away from inlets and outlets.   Reeds are also getting sketchy on some lakes.

 

Walkable ice now.  I wouldn't drive  vehicles anymore. ATV's are prob ok.

 

Some lakes have 2 feet of ice, some about 14 inches.  That rain Monday did a number on the lake I fished Monday night. Top half getting honey combed and ice was very black.  This cold snap will help give us another weekend or two hopefully.

 

Bring cleats! You'll need them!

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We're going out this weekend at roughly the same latitude and will be taking the wheeler.  I have no worries about walking and am confident the wheeler will be in play.

 

All the same, I'm glad I wear a Striker suit and will have the ice picks around my neck for at least the first trip on the lake.

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14" of good solid clear ice on the lake we are on between brainerd and crosslake.

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Same here.  With the melt that took place the lake looks a lot like first ice.  Very little snow cover.  Clear ice.  Lots of cracking in the morning and evening.

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We had a good 17" of clear hard ice up by Outing last weekend.

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After making my post I measured on Sunday.  A full 16 inches.

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