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fishorgolf

I would have to say the ice is off the lake. The wind has been blowing VERY HARD out of the NW and if there was any ice left it would be piled on my shore right now. Nothing out there but open water and BIG waves.

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Legend_89

Fishorgolf, I was up to the pond on Thursday May 1st. and there was ice as far as the eye could see. It stretched from just east of Garrison and ended just south of the Casinoe on 169. The way it looked to me is that it will still take a few more days and some heat to get rid of it.

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fishorgolf

I am looking at the lake right now and no ice. I am on the SE side and the wind is blowing in from the NW. I am going to take a ride around the lake right now and will report back.

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Scott M

Good to hear! Looks like partly cloudy and in the 50's all week, with rain and showers scheduled for next weekend (I know you're all surprised to hear that grin.gif ). Will be interesting to hear water temperatures from here on out. It will probably be a tough bite with the forage abundance, but it's still good to wet a line and be out on the big pond!

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fishorgolf

OK, I just got back from a drive around the lake in the M3. No the ice in not "totally" off the lake but there is only slush in some SW bays that got caught when the wind changed from the NE to the NW. The lake is 99% ice free as of right now. The lake will be official tomorrow.

Allot of people believe like legend_89 that you need heat to get the ice to go. Does it help? yes, but the biggest factor is wind and rain. At this time of year the sun is as intense as it is in late August so there is plenty on solar heat to help things along.

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The Grebe

We just got back from the west side about 15 minutes ago and the wind blew the ice in on a large portion of the west side.

Wig-wam is iced in for as far out as you can see and it remains that way until you get up towards St. Albans, then you see some open spots. The launch on #169 north of the casino is iced in...isn't solid, but ice none the less, and out quite aways. No fishing boat is gonna launch there...not for awhile. A few days of high temps may change that though.

South of the casino, around and south of Vineland, it's open, with maybe 30 yards of slush ice around the shoreline.

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Cove

This is a good time to ask how "ice out" is actually defined. Who makes the call for the record books and what are the criteria?

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Scott M

"The definition of lake ice-out varies from lake to lake, and individual to individual. For some, ice-out occurs only when the lake is completely free of ice. For others, ice-out is defined as the moment when navigation is possible from point A to point B. And yet for others, ice-out is when 90 percent of the lake is ice free. Due to the variable definitions of this rather subjective observation, the State Climatology Office attempts to contact the same individuals each year to maintain a consistent record."

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Cove

OK. THanks da_chise31. Interesting.

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maros91

Lybacks is reporting the ice went out on May 3rd.

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wingnut38

just got back from wigwam and i wouldn't say ice is out there yet. most of the bay is still covered, although it looks pretty rough.

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theicehooker

Unbelievable. Is the ice out or is it not. You have guys saying they just drove the lake and its gone and there are guys that say there is ice as far as they can see??? Ice out in my book is when there is no ice on the lake at all. ICE OUT is the term not ICE ALMOST OUT!! I am fishing there for opener and I guarantee the ice will be gone by Saturday.

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Hills

Perhaps this topic should be nets out rather than ice out? I am guessing these tools of heritage could be damaging boats along with the ice for a while.

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fishfearme

The ice officially went out 5/4 according to the State Climatology Office.

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