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Minnetonka, Waconia, and other open water reports...


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I second that!!!! I might go out today and dink around. The small lakes here in eden prairie are open. Maybe give mitchell a go or maybe red rock or bryant.

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waconia should be completly open by the weekend.

Probably, although right now it is still 80% covered. The shorelines open up wider every day, as do the cracks and holes in the main lake. South and west of the island is open.

I haven't seen much of Tonka but last weekend it looked to be starting to open up around the shorelines, although the mid-lake areas I saw still looked pretty locked up.

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I talked to Mike Thompson at lunch, he said Wayzata bay is still locked up.

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I drove around most of the lake over the past 2 days. Only Gray and Halstead bays are open. There's plenty of places where the ice has pulled back pretty far, and you could put a small boat in to fish the shoreline.

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Halsteds was 90% open yesterday, Upper lake (I think) right off of 44 was open quite a ways from shore but still had lots o ice maybe 20% open. Priests and Cooks are at least 20% open. Every day the ice moves back from shore 20-40 ft. It will not be long but I do not think it will all be open by the weekend, probably by next though.

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Halsteds is open, Cooks and Priest are gonna be there soon with the temps, I am going with Sunday or Monday for ice free!!!!!!!!!!

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Waconia is 85% and Jimmy and Ben have the moring bouys out. Thanks Mases.......... Carmon

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I tried Mitchel from shore yesterday and got zippo! not even a bite, too early I guess. Then I went to Virginia and got about a dozen small male gills. They were just starting to come up shallow and nose around. The bite was super light too. I say give it the weekend and by Tues. or Wed. they should start going.

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On Friday morning Cooks, Priests, Lafayette and Smithtown all had quite a bit of ice still. Halsteads looked open, Seton looked open.

Waconia still had 1 or 2 big sheets of ice but as someone else mentioned it was mostly open.

1 or 2 more days should be all it will take ....

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Minnetonka - The only ice I could find on the west side of tonka this morning was cooks bay. Halstead, Phelps, Smithtown and lower lake all seem open. It might all be open by the end of the day.

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You should be able to get to black lake from spring park. There was a slab of ice still floating in cooks. YOu would have been able to get to black lake from cooks early sat, but that slab drifted back towards the access as the day went on.

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