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Paul Waldowski

Appeldoorn's Report 1/16/08

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Paul Waldowski

Hey guys and gals,

Finally have some time to give everyone an update on what is happening up here.

Fishing - Due to the very high forage base, the bite remains a tough one. Still a lot of lookers, but not much for takers. Guys that are staying mobile and punching alot of holes have been managing to catch some fish. The fish that are being caught are pigs, stuffed with the young of the year Perch and Tullibee.

Ice Conditions - Dramatically improved over where we were even a week ago. With the forecast this weekend calling for teens and twenties below zero, Mother Nature will really be making some ice. Off road travel still remains tough, the snow has now hardened and has become very crusty. It is like cement in places and can be very hard to shovel if you get stuck.

Roads - Our roads are in great shape and we have yet to have any heaves or cracks. They extend from the resort out and over Doe Island Reef, Out to 2 mile Gravel and then down towards the north end of Hennepin Island.

With this weekends forecasted brutal temps, please plan ahead and dress accordingly. One never knows what is going to happen and it is much better to prepare for the unexpected. As always when on ice, or out in cold weather, safety first!

Good luck to everyone this weekend.

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Paul do you think this next cold front will makes some nasty heaves or cracks

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Paul Waldowski


We are keeping are fingers crossed. We haven't had to deal with any cracks or heaves yet due to the heavy snow cover on the lake. It's hard to say what the ice sheet is going to due, but I don't think so.

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are you letting trucks pull out wheel houses? how much ice is there

on your roads?

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