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Ice thickness changes from past weekend?

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How has travel been on lake? Any improvements on ice from last week? Last I heard is some trucks were going out but resorts suggested not. Is it mostly snowmobiles and smaller trucks> Anywhere from 10 to 16 inches is what I heard but do not know how accurate it is? Thanks.

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Mug-

I traveled from Denny's at the south up to the north end humps by snowmobile both saturday & sunday. There were 2 pressure ridges and 3 small cracks that I crossed. We found about 12-14 inches of ice where we were fishing.

There is a good amount of slush under the snow and that is what I would be concerned about. When I was following my same tracks back in, it was easy to tell where the slush was at due to the wet & gray colored snow.

Snow depth was about 6-8 inches I suppose but the Winni area must have received another 4-5 inches on Sunday when we were leaving.

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Wow. Thanks for the report Hanson. Just back from Red last weekend and its amazing how Winne is not feezing as much as some of the other lakes. Snow is playing a big factor on that I guess. I will be up on winnie in two weeks. Hopefully some ice might be produced with this cold front coming in the next few days.

Mug

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Are there any trucks traveling on the ice? Just wondering if a snowmobile or four wheeler is going to be needed. Are there roads plowed?

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The dam is/was wide open on County Road 9, near the Pines Resort. I believe that is causing the thinner than usual ice out on Winnie because of the current being generated from the open dam. Now with 1 foot + of snow on top of the ice, the ice is insulated pretty good. Even in this brutal cold I don't think we'll "grow" alot of ice thickness on Winnie. We drove around during the Ice Series event without any problems, but there were reports of slush in some areas. If you stay on the plowed roads you should be OK, but check with the resorts/baitshops first to get up to date info. I think it'd be tough/impossible going with an ATV if you get off the plowed roads.

Brian

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Thanks for the reports guys. I appreciate it!.

Mug

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Thanks bmc, I may go to plan B for the trip up there. I'm too old and grumpy to leave the truck parked on the plowed road and venture out to find a fishing spot. I hate slush unless it's in my glass.

The world according to grumpy.

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It seems like the south end of the of the lake is better. Denny's and Nodak's sounded optimistic about travel and getting on fish. We're heading up next week. I hope I don't have to drive to Red every day.

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