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Lake Zumbro Ice

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Ok, got a question for you guys that hit the lake alot ice fishing. I am getting married on January 27, 2007. We are planning on getting married on the ice and having a fishing social hour after the ceremony before dinner...yeah, you can see why I am getting married smile.gif But, anyways, the fiance left me in charge of finding the spot. I am looking for a real good spot near Rochester. We have looked at Foster's and it would be ok if the city gave us permission to open the gate to drive down there. Silver lake sucks & Willow creek doesnt have a great parking lot. Chester we plan on looking at this week, I am thinking maybe near the beach--Are they open in the winter?

But, onto the Zumbro question...I am looking for a spot that would have good ice(so out of the current), be easy access, a close walk from the road/parking lot, has a good sized parking lot and might have some good fishing right by it. I am thinking the access by Fisherman's Inn or possibly off the pier right there also. Does that access get used a lot in the winter? Is there a better spot on the lake?

Thanks for any help guys.


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Fisherman's Inn is a good spot for what you got goin on. But, the last two years there has been some dangerous springs. They make open water holes that don't freeze. Right out in the middle of nowhere. Something to keep in mind.

That time of year the fishing at Fishermans Inn is just startting to get good too.

This should be interesting. I really hope it all goes well for you.

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I think access to the beach parking lot at Chester is closed off during the winter. I'm with Dan in that Zumbro would probably be the best choice.


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You might be able to check with the city to see if the CC Manor Pits / Cascade Lake project will be done by winter. I think it was suppose to be complete this year sometime, but that may not happen. I see they are working on it most everyday, so its possible. When that's complete, it should have plenty of parking and the fishing is usually pretty decent, if you plan to do that.

The ponderosa access on the Zumbro would be another option if the ice conditions near Fishermans are faulty.

Hopefully it works out for ya. Let us know as things progress and how it all turns out. Good Luck and Congrats!

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