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LOTW Ice Report


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I ran an errand in Warroad yesterday and decided to swing by the lake to see what was going on ice-wise.

To my suprise I found someone ice fishing! (well, sort of):

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One of the locals chopped a few holes off of the floating peer down below the old fire hall. Looked to be 1.5-2" of ice. Before I left town I stopped by the public access near the casino:

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The river was completely frozen out to the main lake. The lake of course was still wide open with white caps. However 10 degrees and 15 mph winds should have cooled the water down considerably. Not sure what the conditions are like now, but its in the single digits with zero wind. Wish the long term forcast had cooler temps, but its just around the corner.

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Just so we don't get somebody's undies bunched up, I should further clarify that the WARROAD river was frozen to the lake, not the Rainy...I'm not sure of the situation on the East side of the lake.

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sportsmans web cam showed it frozen across rainy lots of fun to keep an eye on it with the webcam!!think cold!!

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The Rainy must have just froze Sat night as it was open on Sat afternoon with 1 pickup and trailer at the landing.

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Are they drivin out yet????? Sorry guys I just couldn't resist, sometimes the urge to do something is just way to strong to fight smile......Won't be long though, stay safe....

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Rainy froze over Sat. night and was still froze over good a couple hours ago when I was there. 4 mile bay is also froze over. Keep the wind off of it and we should be off to a good start.

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Saw a photo of Brian from Adrians Resort out on the bay fishing yesterday. He said 2 1/2 to 3 inches. And yes he got fish!! Bring it on!

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thanks for the updates guys. headed your way right after Xmas. stay safe if you venture out early....Hope everyone has a great Turkey day....

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Looking at the forcast for this coming week, I would be ready to change any reservations for the weekend of the 10th. Nothing below 0 for the next 6 days. It might be thick enough for an atv but that is not for sure either. Everyone be safe and don't get too rammy.

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