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Late ice out

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How will the later ice out this year in the area affect the walleye during opener? Will they still be done spawning by then or will it set the normal fish activity behind a couple of weeks?

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It the weather continues on like this, the walleyes will most likely be spawning by the end of next week. Barring a major cold front in the next couple of weeks, things are shaping up to be a fairly normal opener.

I wouldn't call this a "later" ice out by any means. I'd be surprised if the ice is not out on Detroit by the end of the weekend. If you use Big and Little Detroit as a general reference for area lakes, we are pretty close to an "average" year.

With 111 years of data, the average ice out date for Detroit is tomorrow (4/19). The earliest ice out was on March 23, 1910. the latest ice out was on May 19, 1908.

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down here in Long Prairie lakes are almost all open...some longer narrow lakes are open.

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