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trosy29

Chain of Lakes...Ice Conditions/Snow

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trosy29

Hey everyone. I am headed up to the Chain of Lakes this weekend, and was wondering what the ice conditions are. From reading posts, it sounds like a lot of water and snow is making it tough to get out on the ice. If anyone can give some input as to what lakes a truck can get out on pretty easily or even a snowmobile, it would be greatly appreciated. I will be using only a portable, but would like to leave the snowmobile at home. I am primarily looking to go out on Carlos and Le Homme Dieu.

Thanks for you input. It is appreciated.

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hhguide

Carlos is pretty much shot for the year. Their are about 5 or 6 houses out on the main body and maybe alittle more on the north end as I cant see that far. With a snow mobile you might be able to get around but there is slush everywhere. There isnt enough ice to drive a truck (at least I dont think on carlos) On le HOmme deui on rotary beach they are driving out just stay on the path and you will be fine but I dont know aout blazing across the lake. Good luck.

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trosy29

Thanks a bunch hhguide...It is appreciated.

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KrappieKiller

I was out on Miltona over new years (before the latest snowfall) and I talked to a guy who said there were still spots with only 4-5 inches of ice. So from that I would say I would be VERY cautious driving out on any of the bigger lakes in the area.

Make sure you are checking the ice conditions frequently if you are blazing your own trail.

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tashit

Hey all,

I will be up fishing with trosy this weekend. Is travel any better with a snowmobile as opposed to a truck? Is it even worth bringing the sled or should I just leave it at home?

How are the conditions on Ida?

We've never fished these lakes before and I am looking forward to it...even with all of the slush.

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alex1

You would be safer with a snowmobile if you plan on blazing your own trail with the inconsistant ice depts, but with the slush on most of the lakes guys are haveing a tuff time with snowmobiles too. I talked a guy Saturday night that fell through the crust over the slush and had a heck of a time getiing his sled out. He then said he didn't think of the slush in his track and froze the track up. Ida has been slow lately if your looking for walleyes, the crappies and big sunnies are doing alright if you can find 'em. They had been bighting in Betsy ross bay, but they've slowed there also. I'm planning on doing some exploring around the bay this weekend if the weather permits.

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tashit

Thanks alex1. I will probably just bring the sled to be on the safe side. We are mainly going to be looking for walleyes but if that is slow we will try to find some crappies. Looks like a cold front is supposed to be coming through this weekend and it's going to get chilly and breezy so it could be tough but I'm always up for a challenge.

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    • PRO-V
      These conditions will probably save the lives of more than a few fish.
    • gunner55
      Awh 😚.......................................better?
    • Hoey
      Oh I forgot to mention is was b*#%hing cold.  Minus 33 Saturday morning and -36 on Sunday morning.  We had to leave one sled behind at the cabin on Saturday and it took forever to get the Solo started on the auger.  Maybe time for an electric.     Nice niece catching day Pro-V!!!
    • Mike89
      more slush for you!!! 
    • PRO-V
      My niece got a 28" walleye and a 44" sturgeon the same day a couple days ago. 
    • Hoey
      That is what we experienced too.  Three of us were up, fished Thurs, Fri, and Sat.  Lots of little ones, sniffers, the type that keep you busy, wear your arm out jigging on.  We only kept 15" eyes and 14" sauger or better and ended up just short of our limit.  Many 14" eyes released along with 13" sauger.  Others indicated a tough bite as well.  There was one group in the cleaning shack that had some, maybe a 1/4th of their catch, in the 16 to 19 inch range.  We fish with fatheads and some frozen emeralds.  Ice thickness-wise, the auger head was just above the shavings pile, so the ice is growing quickly.  Snow on the lake is hard.  Good Luck.  
    • smurfy
      😫 boy i feel the love here!!!!!!!! interseted to hear what this additional snow did to the lakes!!!!
    • CJH
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    • Jplante
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    • gunner55
      Yeah, you better stay home, smurfy. 😉 Probably catch more. 😀  We got  a lot here too. NOT!!!  2 1/2 - 3" at most