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troutman

Is anyone ice fishing the Big Lake yet?

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Jack Stasney

Been out in the bay between Park Point and Wisconsin a good 2ft of ice there out by the airport, but you have to be careful I believe they just stopped chopping open the shipping lanes on Jan. 15. Lakeside is wide open and doesn't look like it will freeze at all this year. Don't know about Ashland WI if your interested it that, but you could check the Wisc forums.

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Northlander

It wont be like last year. I doubt I doubt we will be hitting the Duluth side at all and its looking grim for the South Shore/Wi/ Point as well. Who knows though. March is usually the best time out that way anyhow.

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Quickstrike

The big lake looked locked in this morning as I drove by. By no means would I go out on that ice, but a encouraging sight anyways. Hopefully it is still there when I drive home this evening. BBBRRRRR it's cold today!

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Northlander

Ya 15 below on my way to work this morning. That ice looked pretty broken up to me from the Copper Top. Good wind and cold will be needed to make it work again this year. It surely wont last as long as last year if we do get enough to walk on.

Quick what year and type sled do you have for a Doggy Cab? LOL.

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Quickstrike

It's a 98 XC 700. A little more sled than I wanted, but the price was right. Tikk didn't mind it.

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DeathRoe

If i remember right, the lake was warmer last year, and nothing happened till February or so. I think if the wind would just lie down. Check this and it will tell you a state of things-

http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/region_map.html

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biff

Yeah, its early yet...the lake is ready, just need the right conditions...give it time...might still happen. The wind just hasnt been right.

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smokeyghost

I second that. We just need the wind to switch and a few more cold nights that aren't going to happen this week.

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mnhunter 3815

hello every 1 im from the iron range area.and im looking for something new.i always wondered about fishing the big lake so i got a couple ?'s can you drive out there or do you needs a sled or 4 wheeler.i have never fished the big lake.im always fishing lake of the woods.so i want to give superior a try.any info would be great.

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matthothand

There's fishable ice over in the WI waters by Ashland and the surrounding area. Been guys fishing out there for a few weeks. If you want more info on that fishery and the area direct your questions to Jim Hudson in the Wisconsin forum and the chequamegan bay thread. As far as around the Duluth area goes there is ice fishing action in the harbor/bay section of the mouth of the St. Louis river and sheltered water behind park point. The south shore seems to have the ice for now but I haven't heard of anyone bothering to try out there. The north shore is open water for now but a lot of us are crossing fingers hoping for ice soon. Two Harbors area might have a small amount of ice...so I've heard. Any ice on the "Big Lake" is even more unpredictable than your typical inland lake. Fish accordingly. IF we get fishable ice anywhere on the North Shore you'll hear about it here in the Duluth forum if you keep a watchful eye. Us northlanders might not be the most phosphorescent jigs in the box but we know not to drive trucks on the big lake. Pretty much foot travel last year when we had ice but a few quads and sleds were out there. Quite a few people on foot fell through as well. I hope that helps you out a bit!

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troutman

That's alright Matt.Too much phosphorescence is not a good thing anyway.

Thanks much for the info,the update and the humor.

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Northlander

Most likely walking out. Very very seldom can you take a wheeler or sled out like last year.

Unless you hit Ashland area.

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matthothand

We have ice now. Anyone have an idea what it looks like up close? Hopefully it stays, gets thicker, and we can get on it. I was gonna head up the shore tmrw but might just go to fish lake. If I don't go to fish I'll do some investigating and see what we're dealing with so far for ice on the gitchi gumee.

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Quickstrike

a buddy of mine went out today and said it was still pretty sketchy right by shore, but everything appeared to be locked in up to sucker bay. i might go check it out tommorrow, but i won't be fishing any deeper than 3-4 feet.

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spivak

At 3:00 pm this afternoon there where 2 small shelters out in front of the Lester and a pair of guys out on the ice off 21st.

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Jack Stasney

Yes, I saw the houses out from the Lester too. I saw 5-6 people out on the ice one only 20 feet from open water on the French river. Don't know what the ice was like out there, but this seemed unsafe to me and I gotta question if fish are worth it.

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znistler

hey quickstrike i was wondering how you became a fly fishing guide as i would like to become one myself

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znistler

thanks

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Quickstrike

Those guys right by open water are only in about 2-3 ft of water, so basically if you do go through, you've only got wet feet. The ice out there is still pretty iffy, so I wouldn't recomend anyone venturing out into deeper water yet. There's 3 inches in some spots and an inch in others.

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lovethegitch

went off the french today got 1 looper lost 4. ice was thin but fun to sight fish for the first time this year.cant wait to get back out.dont know where to start! loopers,herring,cohos,lakers. what a problem to have. i was the only guy with a boat.

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Quickstrike

I saw you guys out there, pretty fun to watch you guys breaking through and poling along with the chisel.

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spst23

Hey, are you fishing in shallow water than as of yet off the french?

What does a guy use out there jigs tipped with waxie, set line....?

any info would be great

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Steve Foss

Hey ltg and spst, great to see you here on HSO/FM. Welcome! grin.gifgrin.gif

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lovethegitch

yes shallow most people use small crappie type jigs or looper bugs. some tip some dont.dont be afraid to try different stuff you never know what will work. thats the good thing about sight fishing you can see what works and what doesnt.watch the fishes reaction to your bait to see whats good.they always look but they only hit what interests them

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    • delcecchi
      Just for fiun I went to wunderground.com and looked at the weekly averages for 2014, 2016, and 2018 starting the beginning of march.  2014--May 13 ice out 5  25 20 14 29 38 29 39 39 44 44 56 2016-April 25 17 38 34 30 34 25 43 47 41 52 46 49 60 2018-??? 21 24 24 26 17 26 33.... Looks like we are behind 2014 with respect to getting average temp above 32 if that is significant, although the weeks don't line up exactly and we are way behind 2016 .        
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