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Wallmaster

Normandale Lake

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Wallmaster

Thinking of going to Normandale Lake tomorrow afternoon with my wife and try for some panfish. Any new reports please. Thanks....WM

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MnMike58

With 9 mile creek running through Normandale, is the ice safe?

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Wallmaster

My friend and his wife were on it with his car yesterday and caught a few Crappies and said 18 inches. He said to just stay away from that area near the falls. Some guy's said they were getting larger Crappies from 7-10 pm.

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Moonie

Any updated ice condition reports for this lake? I have a couple hours this afternoon and I'd like to drive out if I can. Thanks!

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HopkinsFishN

Saw someone out there a few days ago with a truck on my way home from work. . .can only imagine that the ice has gotten thicker since with this cold. Like stated above just stay away from the falls..Let us know how ya did.

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Moonie

roger that! thanks hopkins!

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sandbagger

I work in the office building right across the road from Normandale. Have seen cars out there several times this week. Should be ok.

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Moonie

Went out at around 4:00-5:30 yesterday pm. There was a thin ice sign on the access so I went out and drilled some holes first to check ice depth to be safe (there's about 17-18 inches). so I got out, found that hole by the falls and drilled several holes from 5-10 feet... nothing. didn't even mark anything on the vexi. It was my first time out there, next time i go out there will be with a can of corn and spinning gear for carp this spring.

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manmountain

18 inch Crappie? Are you kidding me? I got a 13 once years ago out of Normandale, but 18 is nuts.

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JimBuck

Are you human manmountain? laugh If so, I question your motives.

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Supercrew

Are you in Bloomington, I am 3 mins from the lake, can I launch my 17'er and just run electrics? My kid and his lady friend are always looking for cheap thrills and don't want to drive for 2 hours.

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Duffman

Do yourself a favor, stop by and take a peek before bringing your boat down there. It may be possible to launch a boat there at certain times of the year, mid-summer is not one of those times. It would be a lot of work to get my 16.5' Navigator out and away from the access right now. I've never even given it a serious thought to ever bring my boat to Normandale, I stick with the canoe.

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Andrew Erickson

yeah you could walk across those pads right now.

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