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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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