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Lenmonster

Coming to High Banks this Weekend

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Lenmonster

Has anybody been out of Highbanks lately? How thick is the ice? How much snow is in the area on the ice? And finally, how's the perch bite in the area, anything worth while? Coming up on the 16th. Any info would be Great!!!!!!

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Bill Powell

There roads are in good shape about 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ice cross country travel with a heavy auto is still not advised but suppose to get very cold by the weekend so should make a little more ice. Finally Sat. afternoon and Sunday we heard of some nice limits coming of the north humps so things are looking up.

Bill Powell

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swampman

Bill or anyone else do you know if highbanks is plowed out to the sand humps or not? thanks

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Lenmonster

Thanks for the info Bill, I also called Kim at Highbanks, she said the ice was about 16 to 24 inches, but this brutal cold front coming could make about 4 to 6 more inches by the time I get up there! Stay warm everyone! cool.gif

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dartin' chubby

We have a family trip planned for this Sat/Sun, and will probably drive out of highbanks...also considering Nodaks or Dennys. I'm still holding out hope that the relatives will back out...its gonna be Cooooold. I am also curious whether any roads get out to the humps...or if any of the roads from the south end get up into the Bena/Mud Hole dip area. Any help appreciated.

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EXTREME

They have been letting extra water out of the dam this year and the ice has been less than great. I would not travel off the road with a vehicle if I were you. The ice on the North humps last weekend was the same as a month ago....12-16 inches. Plus there are a few pressure ridges around. I don't mean to scare you...but if you want to explore; you might want to bring a sled or wheeler. Hope this helps. Oh by the way, catching plenty of eyes and jumbos off the humps. Best bite is in the evening. Good luck!

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dartin' chubby

Thanks for the update Extreme, I would rather get skunked by the road than swamp a vehicle and drown. Unfortunately, none of us have snowmobiles or ATVs. Are the north humps the same as the "sand humps?" I take it from your post there are no roads running out there anyhow. I wonder why highbanks doesn't plow out to there. We had good luck on the sand humps (north cenrtal) and Bena last year...nice walleye runs just before dark. Then again, last year we just kept driving around the lake to different humps and bars until we found the fish. Without a sled or ATV, that doesn't sound plausable this time. Thanks again for the reply.

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hanson

I think EXTREME has the report right!

There was a whole crew of FMers up for the I.C.E. Series last weekend and we found ice thicknesses to be 12-14" with an occasional 10" (I believe Jeff Beckwith found the 10" blush.gif)

I was out on the humps on the north side and had a little less than 14". I made the trip out from Denny's on sled and there were 2 pressure ridges and 3 small cracks that I crossed. The ice roads from the south did NOT go out very far, 1-2 miles tops. Lots of snow & slush under the snow in spots.

I would hope this cold snap that is coming will firm the lake up pretty good now.

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