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TurnUpTheFishing

WBL ice updates?

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TurnUpTheFishing

I know it might be silly asking this now but better safe than sorry. I want to hit a some spots on WBL near the deep hole towards the mahtomedi side and was curious if guys are driving in that area? I have a Ranger pickup. Ive driven out on many lakes just not sure if there is any spots I should avoid on WB.

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MN Greenheads

Have at it except for the narrows between the island and peninsula.

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TurnUpTheFishing

My bro in law is a cop and said he heard that a vehicle went in WBL a week or so ago. Does anyone know where this may have happened?

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Johnny_Da_Der

I was out near a shantytown in the north end tonight, plenty of good ice - I would guess 18-20 inches. Follow the established tracks if you are nervous and you'll be fine.

Listen to MN Greenheads and stay away from the narrows.

Fished from about 2:30 - 6:30. Got skunked. Marked some little fish on the bottom but couldn't get them hooked. I think they were tiny tiny little perch and would occasionally peck at the ratso I was offering them. Something big pulled down my GF's great big rainbow minnow, she set the hook and felt nothing. Minnow was gone mad

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TurnUpTheFishing

Ive driven on there many times before just never in the area of the deep water. Ill just have to check it out for myself I think.

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CarlWBL

There was a Jeep in the ice a few weeks back. It was close to Ordway bar far on the north end of it, away from all the houses set up now. I believe the DNR flagged section of water as thin ice down that way. I saw it the vehicle halfway in the ice, the next day it was gone.

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