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I just purchased a cabin on Big Sandy Lake. Since all my money went to the cabin, I probably will not be able to purchase an ATV or snowmobile yet this winter. My question is whether I will be able to get around BSL or any of the other area lakes in the winter for ice fishing? Do any resorts plow roads? Do people enter lakes via public accesses? Is the ice OK to drive on at BSL (I know it is never safe) or should I say are there specific areas know to locals where there might be springs, etc.? Thanks for any information you can provide.

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palisade1kid

The narrows by Hillcrest is a good spot to walk out to or n.end of Bill Horn can be walked easily from the access.

You could go the other way from the Horn out on Wabun bay too.

Once we get well into Dec or early Jan.the vehicles will drive out from the accesses and if there is snow they are sometimes plowed.

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fish4fun69

Thanks CK. Maybe I will see you on the hard water this winter.

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JBMasterAngler

In a normal winter when does BSL usually get walkable ice? Walkable ice for me by the way is 6 inches. Better safe than sorry.

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palisade1kid

Last year which was late we had 4" on the 2nd of Dec.

so I'd say by the 10th of Dec.maybe the 15th although if we get a few below 0 nights ice can be made almost an inch per hour.

It's hard to say whats average.

You have to remember there is curent in BS so where it is thick in one area another can be thinner.

That time of year ice can be fickle.

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Shack

Hey CK,

Shoot me an e-mail!

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I got a question to ask of ya!

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palisade1kid

I replied Shackbash.

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Shack

e-mail sent back at ya! Sorry, went to bed a little early last night!

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palisade1kid

Minnewawa should not be overlooked.There are several places

to walk out from early like out in front of Sheshebee point or in the narrows.

There's nice crappies and gills out there if you find them.

there's also places like Aitkin,Cranberry and Sherriff lakes that can be good.

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The Yeti

CK.. you seem to be pretty knowledgeable on the trials of Big Sandy.. where would you recommend early ice crappies and sunnies?

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juddH

CK probably has other places also, but I would try north Billhorn or north end for crappies. That's where I have had the best luck in early season. Looks like the temps will be falling off come Friday. Good luck!

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CK probably has other places also, but I would try north Billhorn or north end for crappies. That's where I have had the best luck in early season. Looks like the temps will be falling off come Friday. Good luck!


That's where I'll be a good part of the year.

Both sides of the point is good.I'll be checkin ice by next weekend.

The gills seem to be on the end of the bar for some reason.

If you need help to learn the area .....call me.

218-845-8801

I can explain it or meet you out there to show you what I know about the area.

The main lake also has some great spots as well as the narrows by Flows island can be very good too.

If a guy likes jumbo perch the narrows has some dandies there.I've seen 14 inchers come out of the narrows.

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juddH

CK, I will be looking for you this early season. I would like to check out those jigs you make. A few years back at hillcrest you gave me one to try but I eventually lost it on a fish. Do you still have the same portable?

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palisade1kid

A green Eskimo Travler.Chances are there will be 2 out there as my buddy Rick has the same one.

I'll try to have a few.The way it is now,I'm behind 400.

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juddH

Are you talking about Rick B?

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palisade1kid

Rick R.,I tried to get Rick B. into it last year. He came out once.It was a tough day .He did catch the 1st 1.

Here he is..

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