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Metro Ice Fishing Reports

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So who's been catching fish? What kind of depths have been producing? Pictures and ice thickness reports would be great too! I would really like to hear a report on the ice thickness of Lake Sarah, Waconia, Little Long, or Whaletail if anyone has checked these lakes recently.

I tried to get out last weekend but the iffy ice scared me off before too long, only had 3" where I drilled so I didnt want to go out any further, and got skunked where I was. I will be out this week and weekend for sure with most of the lakes having over 4" of ice now.

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Maximum12

Yes, I'd like to see some early season reports too!

I'm going to try to get out three times this week, so if nothing else I'll have some reports, good, bad, or otherwise.

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Carp-fisher

Well this last weekend I made it out on 3 different lakes in the W/SW Metro. Lake X and Y are less than 100 acres and had about 3-4" of good ice with 4" of slushy mess on top. This was really bad news for pulling any sort of portable. Wayzata Bay Minnetonka was a different story. I think this froze over after the messy snowstorm, so there was 3 to 5" of decent ice with alittle snow on top. We fished about 150 yards offshore although someone had a portable clear out in the middle of the bay. Fishing was pretty slow. I think its generally game on for Metro ice, just watch your step!

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Duffman

Fished a lake within the 494/694 beltway last Friday after work. 4" of ice, fished in 11' of water. 15" walleye hit at 3:30 on a fattie/green glow jig, missed a couple of other bites, I'm guessing they were smaller 'eyes. 19" walleye hit at 5:00 on a fattie/red glow jig. Called it a night at 6:00. Some first ice success, I can't complain. cool.gif

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BoxMN

Was on Peltier on Sat and Sunday mornings. One nice pike, and a few more small ones. Caught some sunnies and perch, they liked waxxies more than plastics or minnow heads. In 12-13 fow, and the ice was about 6 inches for sure. Some sleds were starting to zip around, so ice should be getting close to safe for sleds and atvs, but most stayed tight to shore last weekend.

Good luck.

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