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Suburban Driving on Prior

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Have not been out in a while, can I drive the Suburban out there tonight?, How thick is the ice out of Sportsmans?

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I've seen a one ton out there and in the spots I've drilled I've had 16" of ice I would be carefull around the islands yet though.

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Every year you see on the news a car went through on Prior lake and everyone thought the ice was safe. I would never drive my car on that lake. I do not know why this lake always shows up on tv maybe the ice varies a lot on it.

Be careful what ever you do and good luck fishing.

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Prior has a lot of springs in it that causes the ice to very in thickness. I would be careful around the islands and driving in the dark if you're not familiar with the lake.

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I have been on quite a few lakes this winter (Prior, Spring, O'dowd, Cedar, Christmas, Orchard and Fish) and have yet to see ice thicker than 14" . Tread lightly.

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I have been driving back and forth to my house located between the island and Sportsmans Access in a 1/2 ton truck;

Ice under my house: 14"

Ice 15' away from my house: 18"

I'd think it's OK as long as you stay on the beaten paths and allow for common sense.

Insert Legal Disclaimer Here--> "By no means should anyone drive on any lake at anytime on someone elses word, check your route for yourself. Then, and only then will you know."

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Drove out from sportsmans access last night, stayed inside the island.....holes in the house measured 20 inches of ice, I measured with a tape. How do you tell where a spring is....is there something to look for as far as ice color etc... or do you just have to rely on knowledge of the lake?

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Hey Mcgurk, the bro had his house over there for a while, but the bite slowed for us so we moved it last friday to the other side of the island. We have done all right in the new spot. Just wondering if the bite picked up back where you are at since friday, we both feel safer with the house back where it was. email me @ jskluz5 at hotmail (Contact Us Please)]

You are right about if you just stay on the beaten path and keep your speed in the 10-15 mph range instead of the 40 -50 mph range that you see out there so much a person should be okay driving, but then again that is just me.

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does anyone know where the walleyes are biting on prior lake or any other lake around here?

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Walleyes? What are those? Are they different than the long green slimy fish or the big mouthed flat fish?

Going out tonight for a romantic Valentine's night out on the ice. I'll let you know if I hook up or not, and if I catch any fish, too.

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good luck

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I have gotten one 19 in. wally and about 6 dinks on prior this winter..... The one good one came from about 15 ft of water on the middle of a break down to about 21 ft of water. Night went like this.... sunnies for about an hour, crappies for about an hour, oops walleye on a crappie minnow w/ my deadstick shiner in the hole next to it???, nothing for about an hour and then sunnies start biting again at about 11 pm??? Wallys on prior seem to be really frustrating, but for some reason I keep trying. Maybe the new GPS will help me find some new structure?? I want to get a little more adventurous and start moving away from the crowds and towards the martinson island side, is there roads (or the beaten path)that go out that way???

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idk if theres roads going all the out there i havent went any further south than sand point beach ive been staying to pretty much the most eastern spot on the lake.

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If you want the walagaters go out on the south access.

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the access out by twin island and lone tree island?

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That was my next trip out....I am going to try the south lake (upper)

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good luck tell me if you hook into some.

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Go right out in from the restaurant you will see fish houses there. There is like a sand bar out there. If you have a gps you will find it.

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I fished the south access (Upper Prior) a lot early - Caught some nice perch and probably 25 walleyes over about 7 or 8 trips and the biggest walleye was about 12", with most 9 or 10 inches - Don't get your hopes up - The walleyes down there are on the downswing.

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Didn't make it to the south lake yet, but went out for about an hour last night. I am so sick of guys driving like 40 mph out there, and close to my shack. Seriously I had one zip by last night at about 30 an I swear he had to be close to hitting my auger that was laying about 8 ft away from my shack. Granted the spot I fished last night was close to one of the roads, so I was kinda asking for it, but c'mon.....slow down.....I am moving away from the crowds.....I probably should expect this on Prior though!

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I went out of Sandy yesterday afternoon (4:30-6) just to the east of the island. My arms were feeling the 18 inches of ice we were on top of but we only marked fish and couldn't get them to bite on the euro's we had.

It was the first time out on the ice with the kids so we came, we saw but we didn't conquer much...

I figure a camera will keep the kids hooked a bit longer between requests for snacks...

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Took the kids out for the Prior Lake Sportsmans Tourney on Sunday......and what do ya know, We won 1st place, with a .5 perch. After the tourney tried the point extending out from Sand Point, nothing but a few crappies. Will get out a couple more times this week, don't know where yet, but still want to try the south lake.

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