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Ice out contest


Wish-I-Were-Fishn

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Guess when the ice will off your favorite lake and list it here.

If you are correct, you will win the opportunity to get your boat out!

No other prizes will be given smile

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Wood Lake(Yel Med CO). March 19th. Partial open (about 10 acres). Boats been in already. Thought about busting thruogh to the icepack and augering some holes but didn't. Guessing with the rain Friday, sun and warm temps Sat, and the wind for Sunday, Some of the smaller lakes that had an aereator running could be busted up by by Monday a.m. March23.

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went on hart lake (commstock lakes) today and there was plenty of ice but i definitly fell in the ice when we were walking in on the crick to the lake... it was only a couple feet deep and i had to deal with wet feet the rest of the day!

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the first areas to go are the shorelines and any inlet area. usually the ice further out on the lake is the best this time of year. I got wet out today just from the water on top of the ice.

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Still driving trucks out where I was fishing today. I will guess April 25th for Bemidji, It's going to go fast after the rain though so we will see I guess.

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thats a lot earlier than last year. we fished kitchi on the opener, and cass was still covered in ice. but I think with all the snow we got in december, that the ice thickness is a lot less, so will go out much earlier.

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near annandale the smaller lakes are getting crappy around the edges. with the wind today and the rain I would say about april 4-5 I hope i want to get in my boat.

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i could put my boat in but there is only 5 or 7 acres open.. tmo morning will reveal what this rain has done i am guessing there will be a major mess on the north sides of the lake...

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while the sauk chain isnt normally my favorite place to fish, it will be until opener since a good portion in front of me will be open shortly after this next cold spell. depending on how much floating ice is between me and the landing i would think the boat will be in the water before april 1st. here kitty kitty !

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two lakes in the Mankato area are 95% open...time to get the boat out of storage!!

Which two...?

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