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Has anyone been out on Cooks Bay? We are thinking of hitting this area on Sat, but would like to know a little bit about the ice situation prior.

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TommyJ33

I have been out there on my snocat. 6 to 8 inches from what I have seen. some slushy spots, as the 4 wheelers are tending to bust through the crust once in a while.

should be good by saturday, but as always proceed with caution.

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Where's Walter?

"snocat????" That's funny, haven't heard that word in years!! TommyJ33 - Are you from Thief River Falls? That's where I've heard it used the most.

I walked out on Cook's 2 weeks ago and the ice was good 7-8". Should be even better now. However, there was only 4" near shore, so I wouldn't recommend anything more than an ATV or a "snocat"!!

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Not from Teef, but have a deer camp up that way and spend a lot of time with old timers from the Badger, Roseau area. and that is what they always call them. Shorter than typing snowmobile as well.

Ice is very spotty across cooks and the upper west lake. Not much more than 6 inches in areas covered with snow. Areas that have the snow blown clean have ticker ice but 3 inches of the top is of the cloudy frozen slush variety.

Driving autos will be weeks out.

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Where's Walter?

I'm sure the word snocat drives the Polaris people nuts!

Have you been fishing on Cook's?

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TommyJ33

Been out there 3-4 times with mixed success. "Where'sWalter" is right!

got one nice one and a few little cuffers. but all and all pretty slowwwww!

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    • Horseshoe_Don
      measured ice this morning.   It has not changed in the last 48 hours.    Just the shorelines have melted.   The quality of ice has gone down though.   Still Driving my wheeler on shoe.    Still 20-28 inches out there away from current.    The bay by winter access is the thickest at 30 inches.   Don
    • Tom Sawyer
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    • JeremyCampbell
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    • Borch
      Wow!  Didn't realize it was that bad up there.  That's going take a long time to get turned around.
    • kelly-p
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    • Horseshoe_Don
      you can get to horseshoe by boat but not far enough to get any fish yet.   This may change in the next few days.   I plan on ice fishing on shoe today.   Should be able to land a nice amount of slabs.   Don
    • pikeandchester
      Drove by Elysian on my way home this afternoon. Shoreline didn’t appear to be pulling away, view from the highway for what it’s worth. 
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      Got the property surveyed today. Originally plotted back in 1968 and sure enough there where metal pipes marking 3 of the corners but who knows how long it would have taken me to find them. They placed a monument on the missing corner. Hopefully this warm weather sticks around, need to remove some trees and get the wheel house moved in. Thanks everyone for your responses!
    • leech~~
      Was out on the lake today. Easy 24-26" inches of hard ice yet.
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      Drove around the entire lake today. From the road it looks like the warm weather has melted most of the snow. Only saw about a half dozen people fishing. Ice isn’t pulling away from shore yet. Stopped at the Borden access and walked out a bit, kicked myself for not bringing the fishing equipment, easy travel out there.