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Anyone know of the lake is froze over? Or how much ice is on the lake if it is?

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timjones

Lake pretty much locked up I think two nights ago. Haven't seen anyone out yet in the Buck Point, Battle Point, Schultz's Bay or Moon Bar area yet. Still to early I think. Haven't been over to Manthey"s Bay so don't know if anyone is venturing out there yet. That area usually locks up early. Usually there are a couple of spear houses out early in the Town Bay, Peterson's Bay, Two mile area but didn't see any out there yesterday. More often than not there is a ice heavy early in the season that stretches from Battle Point, kind of WSW across to the rushes on the west side of the lake. It pop by Battle Point yesterday morning but only went about a quarter of the way across. Looked healed up this morning.

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osakis cabin

8 inches for the most part with a few bad spots as one guy found out with a side by side this past weekend ,they pulled it out with divers 

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Mike89

heard one went in close to Battle point...

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osakis cabin

This one was on coon point

 

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eyeguy 54

This ATV and fish house went through this weekend in Douglas County in a spot where the ice went from 8 inches to a half-inch. Luckily, nobody was injured.

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iiccee63

Come on people....gotta check the ice first. Then bring out your gear. I drilled 20 holes checking out my lake. It took 40 minutes.

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Mike89

there were 2 go in the water this last weekend in Douglas cty!!  that one seen the bad ice and couldn't stop if I remember right..

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BobT
12 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

This ATV and fish house went through this weekend in Douglas County in a spot where the ice went from 8 inches to a half-inch. Luckily, nobody was injured.

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This was on Geneva.

 

An ATV also went down in Lake Oscar Friday night this past weekend. It was foggy and they didn't see the open water.

 

I also heard there is open water on Reno. 

 

I was out on Maple Lake east of Osakis and found 9" over 8' of water. As I went further out from shore the ice thickness got narrower. It was down to about 7" over 18' of water.

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jake125

How did you do out there Bob?

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BobT
3 hours ago, jake125 said:

How did you do out there Bob?

Found a few perch in the 15' depth. Had a couple hits from something much larger in the 18' depth but they straightened my hooks so I never did find out what they were.

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jake125

How's the eye bite been out there? I got out Saturday night and landed one bigger fish. Pretty slow otherwise. Didn't mark anything Sunday morning. Few permies out on the lake. There was 11'' of ice where I was but know for a fact it is not like that on the whole lake

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Mike89

looks like the lake is showing more ice movement!!  be safe all!!

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timjones
6 hours ago, Mike89 said:

looks like the lake is showing more ice movement!!  be safe all!!

I noticed this morning that it had heaved out in Miller Bay kind of between the DNR access and Four Mile Bar. Really raising heck with my shore. Going to have to take a sledge hammer to my shore tomorrow so I can get out.

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Mike89

you down by the DNR access?  maybe by Joe's marine???  good luck to ya!!!  and it's going to change more too!!

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timjones

Nope. I'm up in the Schultz's Bay area. Is Joe's marine still there? I thought he quit about 7 or 8 years ago.

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Mike89
12 hours ago, timjones said:

Nope. I'm up in the Schultz's Bay area. Is Joe's marine still there? I thought he quit about 7 or 8 years ago.

 

 

I see him around but I think he's done too..  Ok I know where you are..  did ya have to take a sledge hammer to the ice??  

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timjones

Didn't get to swing the sledge on Saturday. Had a bum ankle that has kept me sidelined and was feeling pretty good on Friday so I got out and about shopping. May have over did it and suffered a little bit of a set back but it's pretty good today. Should be able to swing the hammer tomorrow.

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Mike89

take it slow friend!!! if it's bad say help....

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timjones

Thanks for the help offer Mike. I was out the following Monday and knocked it down the best I could. Ankle and foot held up fine. Mostly worked on the neighbors and a little on mine. His was easier to break up. Was out there Christmas day hammering away at it for the third time. I think I have it knocked down enough to get the house out. It just keeps growing. I'm hoping this snow will slow it down.

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Butch K

We are planning on fishing Osakis the first weekend of the new year. What are the ice conditions? Are people driving on the lake?

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Mike89

Butch after the last 48 hours of snow not sure what to say about the lake..  I'm sure someone will give an update soon with better input..   

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creepworm

Prior to this snow there were a couple people starting to drive 1/2 tons out, but I was on 8.5 inches on christmas day out there. I have a hard time believing the 10+ inches of snow and gnarly winds did the lake any good and even with the cold coming in, I doubt we will gain a lot of ice. I have been wrong before though.

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dbonnema

Hello,

 

I am thinking about making my first trip to Osakis next Friday, the 15th. This would be my first trip to Osakis, so if anybody wants to give me any hints or tips that would be great! Will be targeting walleyes, but if we can't find walleyes would be happy catching crappies as well. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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timjones

Saw the first boat launched at Battle Point access about 2:00 this afternoon. Three guys were out for about an hour and came back and took the boat out. Don't know if they fished or just checked to see if any ice remained on the lake.

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