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CRANKBAIT_GUY2

How are the ice condition???

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CRANKBAIT_GUY2

I know they have been. But, it seems like they are getting better.

I'd like to get up there this weekend, but if I can't drive out on the lake, I'm not going.

Should I stay, or go?

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jjohnson5150

What lake?

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CRANKBAIT_GUY2

I'll probably send a lot of time on the leaf lakes, and maybe little pine too.

Thanks

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TonkaBass

I heard they are wayyyyyy better, but haven't heard about those lakes. Obivously you have a 4x4.

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tacklebox7FF

the smaller lakes are easier to get around on then the bigger ones... most of the smaller lakes I've been on you could drive anywhere with a 4x4.. haven't been much out on the big lakes yet.. I would be the snowmobile just in case...good luck

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stellarfisher

Hey Travis, its Adam Weber. Let me know if you are heading up there. I thought about gonig up there didnt know how the lakes would be either.

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OTCBigBass

Haven't been to those lakes, but most lakes are drivable again. Just watch out for the snow drifts.

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RignJig

How are conditions on West Battle? Is it still snowmobiles only or can a guy get around with a truck (off the roads)?

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fishermatt

I was on Ottertail last night. If you drive a truck out there, pray that you don't hit a slush pocket. We found many of them on the snowmobile but were able to blast through them. I don't think you'd do so well in a truck.

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GRAND DAD

If you have a very good set of tires on a 4x4 you should be able to get around but dring a shovel !!! Last weekend there was some trucks working in tandam driving across the lake. 4 wheelers travle is working because you can ride on top of the snow. It is getting better out there. PS Am talking about Battle Lake

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fishin58

Thank you for the updates local fisherman!! Hopefully make it out to OT next weekend, I am sure it will be a whole different ball game by next weekend though, (with this thaw and then some white stuff next week).

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