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Tator2k

I haven't heard anyone or houses on Bowstring. It's been very ugly.

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icky

yeah called up to bowstring yesterday and yes they do have plowed roads.

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glenn57

so you said they've plowed roads only to there fishhouses? no t exactkly sure where bowstring shores is located at? anywhere close to the cty rd 35 acess?

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snowfighter

Glen there down by the airport off 35, you turn on 173 about 1/4 mile east of the access go to the T at the airport then take a right about 1/4 mile.

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glenn57

ok, got it, we always fish that shoreline, theres a 25 foot or so hole there. right out in front of a blueish-green shed. so any new good news about lake conditions? ,may be coming up feb 12 weekend to clean out and fish but my buddy all of a sudden is kind of he-hawin around. may just have to snowmobile in.

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bmc

I walked out Wed. afternoon on a lake I like to panfish. Luckily there was a snowmobile track going right out to my spot.

I started walking on the track and broke through, finding slush almost knee deep. Good thing I had my chest waders on. After that I put the snowshoes on and didn't have any trouble.

However, when I walked off the track, I sank down 6-8" in the powder snow.

It was a LONG walk to catch a bunch of so/so sized panfish.

With all this snow, I just have NO gumption to get out and ice fish.

I've been spending alot of time at the archery club shooting my bow.

Brian

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glenn57

still that ugly on the lakes! i just talked to a bud that was by longville yesterday. he aid there was a couple lakes that had water in the plowed roads. SO BRIAN, is this a typical report on the lakes up there that you hear about? ISH! sickcry

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Iambjm

Snowing heavily again! NWS is predicting 5-7 inches by tomorrow.

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glenn57

OH BOY! seen that this am on msn weather for up there.

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fishuhalik

Spent 3 hours digging out our truck this weekend on a "plowed" road. It was plowed a couple weeks ago. Apparently you guys got a little snow in the last few weeks! By the sounds of it every lake is just about unfishable due to snow/slush unless you have a sled or a jacked-up wheeler. Another buddy of mine got buried in his 2000 Tacoma with an 8" body lift and 38" mud tires. Not sure if he ever got out....

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Pinusbanksiana

Been on a couple lakes with the slush frozen good and hard. Also been on some that are bad.

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glenn57

so what do you see thats different from the lakes that the slush is frozen hard and the "bad" lakes you've encountered?

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Pinusbanksiana

Not sure what the difference is. It seems backwards, but the lakes that are large enough for good winds seem to have the most slush. Smaller lakes and wind sheltered bays where the slush was bad before now seem frozen quite nice. I would think that the windswept lakes would freeze better but it is just the opposite. Can't explain it.

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glenn57

yea thats odd! means our lake may be OK. cept wind always piles the snow on our shoreline.

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Pinusbanksiana

Probably every lake is different. It may be that the sheltered lakes and bays with fluffy snow allow the cold to penetrate to the slush and freeze it better than a windy crusty windswept lake does. So don't take my word as gospel, check each situation out yourself.

Maybe the large lakes have an ice pack that moves up and down with the wind, causing the water below the ice to kind of suction up the cracks and spread out as slush. I don't know.

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glenn57

talked to a guy i know close to us up there says lakes are not good yet. he hasnt gone out much because of it. lookin to be headed up the weekend of the 19th, any fresh reports would be appreciated. thanks.

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merc

Looks like nobody has been out.

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bmc

Still pretty much snowmobile only if you want to go off road.

Hopefully this warm spell will knock the snow down so ATV's will be back in the game.

Brian

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merc

Thanks, snowmobiles are going to be the plan next weekend.

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glenn57

mine too, hows the slush on the lakes? hope that disappears by the weekend.

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bmc

My wife and I were out on Big Cutfoot yesterday afternoon. We pulled the Otter Lodge out behind my Polaris Sportsman 400 w/ no problems. Tire chains probably help traction wise, but none the less we got out there.

Granted the area had been beat down pretty good by trucks and snowmo's.

Oh, and true to form, she provided tomorrow nights meal of perch and crappies. All I could catch was the little ones. Typical! LOL

Brian

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glenn57

thanks for the updates, will be headed up early fri morning.

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