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ICE OUT??

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Coming up in may just wondering whos got estimates on either early or late ice outs???

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With almost exactly one month to go we'll need some really warm weather and rain to break the mother natures icy grip on the lakes fast. My estimate is that ice out will probably by like it was in 2002...a couple days before opener, but weather depending this could change.

Take Care and Good Luck Fishing!

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Seaner, The last report this weekend, and the advent of the last few sunny days, with forecasts for more, I really think the ice may be out the last week of April, which would be ideal timing.

There is about 20" of solid ice and 10" of soft ice, and the ingredients we need now is bright sun with wind, and a good warm rainfall or two, will make things happen. guts

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I think that warm rainfall is supposed to begin by next sunday. smile.gif

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Seaner, Just my two cents... Ice is still tight to shore. Lots of ice on the lake. My guess would be somewhere the first week of May. Only 14 days left in April, would have to be some sort of miracle to be out in April. Tear'in is probably a very good guess.. Need lots of warm and definitely a lot of warm rain would help. Fishkab

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I come up the Wednesday after opener & have for 20 years. I wonder if someone could explain the pros & cons of an early vs late "ice out". Some years we hit 'em pretty good & other years we seem a week or two early. Would a late ice out me we are catching pre-spawn fish ?

We primarly fish the west end of the lake this time of year, any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks

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I just hope the ice is out by the 23rd of May. Be kinda tough to camp for a week if I gotta break ice to the campsite.

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Ice out info.. I have been talking with some of the folks on the Ash River, and they usually figure Kab ice out is about two weeks after the ice is out on the river. The river is still covered with ice, but with the warm weather could be out in several days. That gives up another way to make guesses as to ice out. Take care Fishkab

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Please keep this thread current. I am getting anxious for my week off of work spent up there camping/fishing.

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I live up here on Rainy, and the bays are starting to break up pretty good. If we receive the rain with the warm temps the ice will really deteriorate rapidly. With that being said I'd still say a few days prior to the opener.

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I come up the Wednesday after opener & have for 20 years. I wonder if someone could explain the pros & cons of an early vs late "ice out". Some years we hit 'em pretty good & other years we seem a week or two early. Would a late ice out me we are catching pre-spawn fish ?

We primarly fish the west end of the lake this time of year, any tips would be appreciated.

Thanks


Yes. If there is a late ice out, you could end up catching prespawn fish. And Kabetogama has had ice cover at times on the opener. But it can be good fishing if the weather remains stable

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Ice Out, Here's an update. Ash River and Ash Lake went out a couple of days ago. Kab is getting out further and further from shore. With a very warm weekend coming up and if the wind would start to pickup, it could go any of the next few days. That would make it a normal ice out for Kab. Plan your spots accordingly. Fishkab

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Ice Out, I got a call from PonderosaMan and he says ice will be out by 3 pm on Sunday. He is watching the Pine Aire webcam. Ok boys, let's get the guesses posted. Fishkab

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umm, checking back on earlier posts, I believe I was the only one predicting an April ice out, I have till Monday to claim the fame. Yes I do believe in miracles, as it sure appears the ice will be out in the next couple of days.

Gentelmen, start your outboards, the time is coming.

guts

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Just looked at the Crane lake web cam and the ice looks to be out on crane. Woooohoooo!

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Guts,

I just looked at pine air. Lake has broken up and ice is piling up on the shore. Giddyup!

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Surprize, Ricky O of Kettle falls made the trip from Ash River to the hotel this morning, in fact he brought back the dam tender who has been out there for more than two weeks. Rick did not make the trip unimpeded, however the ice is more like slush or ice cubes.

The West end of Kab is ice free, stackin up some in the middle islands. The strong winds will probably knock the rest of the ice out tonight or tommorrow. Overnight low was 57, lots of ice loss last night. Looks like similar happenings tonight, then rain.

The lake is amazingly still coming up 1/2" a day, were low but many dock sites have water behind them.

guts

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Guts....musta been some kinda miracle on the ice out, huh? blush.gif

Good call.

LET IT SNOW

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Guts, seems to me you were predicting into May before ice out. Handy memory you have!

"Bear Fan, we had extremely cold weather for nearly three weeks, below zero everynight,down to -33 or better, One stretch we didn't get above zero for 5-6 days.

I drilled a couple of holes yesterday, and I estimate the ice to be near 38", at least on the West end of Kab.

Presently, I don't see any thing that indicates an early ice out. The ice is a solid mass, clear and hard, no soft stuff in the measurement, all good weight bearing ice, that melts slowly. My early prediction for ice out, try May 3rd to 6th. guts " smile.gif See you soon, Turtle

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Turtle Boy, take a look at the third post I almost needed 31 days in April though. Lookin for a good summer, hope opening weekend is nice. guts

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