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Thanks for the tip. Good information. I was searching environmental impact of zebra mussels and never found any of these links. I still find it a bit strange that despite knowing about their presence

Talking to a coworker that lives on the lake, it has been frozen over since last Saturday morning. Cloudy skies and below freezing temps all week so I suspect it has been making ice. Whether it's "saf

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Car went through the ice over the weekend near the city access. Luckily it was on that end and only in 4' of water. I got this information 2nd hand.

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22 hours ago, BobT said:

Car went through the ice over the weekend near the city access. Luckily it was on that end and only in 4' of water. I got this information 2nd hand.

Was a small truck on the ice by buck point yesterday. Ice is inconsistent yet check one spot and it's 2 inches less then a different  spot.

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Went out of battle point today. First time ever on the lake. Ice was 10 to 12 inches. Seen a few trucks out on the main lake. Fishing sucked! Drilled anywhere from 5 to 45 ft, and only caught 2 tiny little perch.

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Was up there this weekend and also couldn't catch a thing. Marked a few but no takers seemed like the Dead Sea.

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Finding 10"+ of ice and should be gaining more this week with the cold. Seeing some vehicles on ice and once one goes they all go. Please be safe 

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I was out on Lake Osakis this last weekend on the main lake and everywhere I drilled was 19" of ice.  Didn't have any walleyes, but did catch a bunch of small perch with a couple decent keepers, and had a ton of deep water (25') northern action.  Kept 4 all between 28-30", and lost probably another 6-8.

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I was out on Lake Osakis this last weekend on the main lake and everywhere I drilled was 19" of ice.  Didn't have any walleyes, but did catch a bunch of small perch with a couple decent keepers, and had a ton of deep water (25') northern action.  Kept 4 all between 28-30", and lost probably another 6-8.

 

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Was out 1/14 -1/15 with my wife and daughter.  We ended up with 9 northerns and 5 perch.  Caught one dinky walleye.  Has anyone been seeing any number of eyes lately? 

Also, looks like Wednesday night is suppose to drop temps below freezing again.  How is it out there right now?  Is there a fair amount of water on the ice?  Need to get back out and jack up the shack a bit before the freeze.

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Yes fair amount of water/slop on the ice.  Would suggest getting houses jacked up prior to freeze.

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Thanks The Tuna, And looks like temps are gonna start getting below freezing again tonight, so I'm gonna take the drive after work today and get it done.  

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Was just out on ice and a big difference from yesterday.  Most water has found a hole or two or ten to drain back down.  Minimal water on the lake once get away from the accesses at least on the north end of the lake.  Houses should be fine unless in a low spot with no holes anywhere near.

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So... for safety sake, are there a lot of springs in Osakis that start opening water that I should be concerned about in regards to getting my shack off the lake in the following weeks?  I came in the public access on the west side and am on the main lake...  

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9 minutes ago, TundraKing said:

So... for safety sake, are there a lot of springs in Osakis that start opening water that I should be concerned about in regards to getting my shack off the lake in the following weeks?  I came in the public access on the west side and am on the main lake...  

There are no springs in Osakis that I'm aware of. You may want to take your house off pretty soon through there saying the weather is supposed to be in the 50s next weekend.

 

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Anyone catching fish out there?  I heard it was really slow this winter.  Hoping to be able to get up there the last weekend of Feb. with my kids.

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Thanks for the heads up Fishing Frenzy.  I had just noticed last weekend that about 20 yards south of the west landing right at the first few feet of ice next to shore, there's open water.  So I was concerned that it may be a bigger issue and something well known.  Doesn't sound like thats the case, but I'm gonna be there next weekend anyway, then will bring my shack home.

 

So far this year I've caught a lot of northerns 25"-28", and quite a few perch.  It seems like wherever I moved I had northerns hitting anything I had down, so I'm assuming that this is the case with everyone else??  Didn't find any crappies, and only caught one little throw back walleye about 12".

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I've been fishing this lake all winter and finally got into some crappies.  They were only taking bobbers, couldn't jig one up.  Pink was the hottest color, but green and also yellow were decent.  Plain colored #7 hooks worked better than small jigs at times.  

 

Ice is in real good condition right now.  The warm days have been working on the snow that was on the lake from the last snow, so it should be fine through the week.  The west landing is heaved, but passable by truck.  Wouldn't recommend it if you're pulling a shack.  The south landing is getting a little messy, but is just fine for now.  Haven't seen the north landing.

 

mntim,

Do you have a shack you're bringing up?

 

 

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Was wondering the same thing comen up tom. Would like to bring wheel house out but dnt know what its like

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Was out there Tue.... Ice was getting soft on top. Access was in ok shape. Don't think you will be getting a wheelhouse out unless it's a real small light one.  Had 16-20 inches of ice yet

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How's the lake holding up? Is it still possible to walk out on the ice?

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