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Thanks for the heads up! Going try walking out this weekend hopefully with these cold temps will form up the ice

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shore lines and creeks inlets have plenty of open water.  some shore lines are ok.  just be dang carefull!!

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No fish is worth going out on ice around here. Way up north yea.

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Going drive up and check shorelines if it looks iffy I'm not going out. Heard ice conditions around Alexandria were decent so hopefully will find a spot to get on and fish.

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I think there's a risk of being deceived. My drive to work takes me past Lake Victoria near Alexandria county 82 (formerly MN-27) and earlier this week it was open out about 100 yards from shore along the road. Now it is refrozen but anyone unaware could easily find themselves on thin ice even though further out it could still be over a foot thick. Proceed with extreme caution!!

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Are only a few spots on Osakis where you can get out. Have about 8inchs of soild ice once you get past shoreline. Some shores are way better then others. North end access refrozen yesterday and has about 1 1/2 inch till about 15ft until you get to soild ice, people were walking on north end but couldn't ever get me to walk on an 1 1/2 of ice. Battle Point access has a lot of open water even right now. Be really careful.

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Was out near Battle Point on Saturday to test my new sonar transducer to be sure it works okay. Was able to walk out onto the pier and drop it in open water. It was open for about 50 yards from shore from the end of the point around past the launch. I could also see an area of open water out in the middle. As I was driving along the east shore from town I could see pleny of open water.

 

I wouldn't walk out on that lake for anything. Way too unpredictable. Could easily step on thin ice anywhere.

 

 

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Ice has been slow to develop because of the winds. Had ice out about 120 feet yesterday but most of it is gone today with the strong south to southeast winds.

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Been hearing of some being out on the ice on a few local smaller lakes. A little too risky for my blood but....

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Yeah looks like the 2nd weekend in December if we're lucky before you can ice fish this area. Going to be another late year on the ice.

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Took a drive around Lake Osakis earlier. It appears the cold and calm winds we had last night made a lot of ice. From what I could tell it appeared the lake was locked up except there was a small open area in Manthey's Bay that had a couple trumpeter swans swimming around and another small area in front of Holiday Resort that had some ducks swimming around. The rest was all ice, thin ice. Don't know if it will hold up over the next 5 days. High of 38 tomorrow, 46 and showers on Friday with high winds, 36 Saturday, 44 Sunday and 44 Monday. The lows over night aren't going to dip very low. If it was a few inches thick I wouldn't be to concerned, but as thin as it is, could be bad.

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Great news to hear!:) Hopefully it will make enough tonight and hope it isn't going to get as warm as they say. Fingers crossed!

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2 hours ago, TheTuna said:

Yes plan to having spear house out next weekend on osakis after weather cools down Tuesday night. 

you go in the area where the river used to run into the lake, just up from Buck Point?

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No. Usually go on north end of the lake, but I would say someone will be out in front of the “ditch” north of buck point next weekend as well. 

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Latest ice observation from this morning. This is for the north end of the lake only. Didn't get south of Moon Bar so don't know what it looks like south of there. There is a stretch of open water out near the middle west of Battle Point that is a couple hundred yards long. The area from the north side of Coonhoven Bay over to Coon Point and east to about Lindberg Point is all open water. The 145th access to Manthey's Bay was open yesterday for about five feet out from shore but had a thin crust of ice this morning but I don't think it will last the day.

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3 hours ago, TheTuna said:

No. Usually go on north end of the lake, but I would say someone will be out in front of the “ditch” north of buck point next weekend as well. 

you live up that way too???

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Well the cold is here just need the wind to calm down.  Still plenty of open water on the main lake and open water from coon point to lindberg point.  I did see two anglers out from the ditch this morning.  Plan to get spear houses out tomorrow on north end of the lake with foot travel.  Please be safe everyone.

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