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Is Ice Totally Off Lake?

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I was last up there Sunday afternoon and there was still alot of ice on the water. Is is now all off?

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Spankster,

Most of the bays and shorelines are open. There is quite a large ice pack remaining on the main lake. If temps hold and the wind pushes it around a little more, we should be looking at less than a week.

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Thanks for the update Paul! Man I look foreward to meeting you in person and maybe learning a thing or two and who knows, maybe a round of golf if you and cranker can swing it. Have a great week!

Tunrevir~

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hey paul,

just wanted to congratulate you on your new job! wtg!

regards,

minnesotatuff

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As I drove to the lake today I saw boats going out of the Isle DNR landing. The lake looked clear of ice. But as I pulled into Izatys and looked out back, most of the lake ice is now on the south shore and there is still as of late today alot of it. So much that we may be lucky to be rid of the ice by the end of the weekend and it is supposed to get near 80. The whole middle of the lake still has ice on it.

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grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif Im hearing rumors that the ice is officially gone as of the 29th. Can someone confirm this please??? smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

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The lake was totally ice free other than one small iceberg that was still bobbing around out in front of our bay.

Bring on opener laugh.gif

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I don't think that small ice berg is in the bay, I am thinking it might be in PW's drink glass!:)

Some of the Islands still have ice on them and some of the shorelines have some ice built up on them too. But the lake is as beautiful as can be with open water and those incredible sunsets out of Sunset Bay Resort!

It will not be long!

Fish On!!!

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I noticed a huge change in ice From friday to saturday. Friday there was a big sheet floating about a mile out from garrison bay. Saturday the thing was very broke up w/ chunks on the shore, and no big floating sheet any more. the winds changed directions alot and had a big help on things. No all we need is a go soaking rain.

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Yes, we got rid of the ice, but i did notice alot of floating debris out there as I tooled along the south shore Saturday afternoon. I mean alot of floating wood, pieces of fish houses or whatever, Watch out as some of the stuff is large.

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That last satement gets me thinking, Floating debris and such, maybe we can get a lakewide cleanup day going up that way in March of next year. It would be really cool if we could get a lakewide cleanup going out of the different resorts and then maybe a big powwow after the cleanup. I'd be willing to bet we could fill alot of dumpsters! I also have found that you find many interesting things during these cleanups some valuable some not. Just a thought.

Tunrevir~ cool.gif

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Tuner,

A great idea. What we would need essentially would be a rep who coordinates help from around the entire lake. If we could get the resort buy in and folks from the resorts to help, we could really save a lot of stuff from going into the water later on --- stakes, cans, bottles, fish house pieces, plain trash, etc. I think you should start a post on lake cleanup. We could also do it later on during open water season. If we don't do it, who will? Ask not what Mille Lacs can do for you, ask what you can do for mille lacs?

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Amen, great idea... check the discusion forum on the bottom and check out the lake clean upi thread. Good info to start this. Pick a day and let us know on this forum, I think there would be a good showing.

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here's a great idea, how about if the people that brought the stuff out on the ice brought it back in with them. for the most part, the resorts do a ok job at policeing the lake after they pull their houses. i think that they need to pick up all of the blocking from the fishhouses. i live on the lake and it is a extension of my backyard, so when i see garbage on the ice i pick it up as i would in my yard. garbage on the ice is a problem that can only be fixed when everybody picks up after them selves. if you want to get together with a few people every spring and have a few beers and pick up some trash, more power to you, but it does nothing about the poopcutters that will still leave all of their trash on the ice for you to pick up...............tom fellegy

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Tom- All you Fellegies must still have a place on the lake, I met you brother steve this winter working on his place. Thought I would have heard from him this week, think he'll be fishin' in Red Wing. Any who, you are very right about the slobs being out there and that is where the problem is. But, that will probably never change, there will always be those @$$*& that will leave things behind for you and I to take care of. So... I think a fun get together that is all about fishing and cleaning the lake and it's surroundings is almost neaded once or twice a year regarless. It may get the awareness out if people see what is trying to be done. In the end we get a cleaner lake, hopefull makes a few people more aware of what trash can do and where it can get. We hope it just doesn't make some dumby think I can leave that there, some nice FM'ers will clean it up this next april! confused.gif

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i would like to add something that i take special care to do now. it goes with the flow of the thread... i am guilty of learning this thru careless and bad experience.

when cruising from one spot to another always take special care to secure all the trash in your boat...plastic bags, wrappers & ? gets caught up pretty quickly in the wind...and dispose of it in the correct place, either trash barrels or your home trash, or recycle if thats your preference.

regards,

minnesotatuff

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