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It was covered as far as I could see last Monday but has opened back up with the warm temps we had. Until the wind goes down and stops blowing from every direction it will be awhile.

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All you would have seen is Winni wide open except for a portion by the danm out to Tamarack Point over to the entrance of Cut Foot. It did look like Bowstring was froze over.

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cutfoot skinned over last night all the way up to eagles nnest landing but I could see it still open north of Bowens a ways

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I like to get out on Bowens early ice, but there are Thin Ice signs posted in that area. Can anyone show me where, if anywhere, there is current and/or potentially poor ice? I'd like to walk all the way out to that 30ft hole...

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the current by bowens is through the gap in and out a ways. it flows from cutfoot to winnie. it is not a lot of current but enough to keep the water open in the gap and in williams narrows. not sure how far out the current affects ice thickness. also, not sure which 30 foot hole your refering to.

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i would imagine he;s talking bout the river channel if you go from bowns towards tamrack point ot 3 sisters the river channell runs threw and bottoms out bout 30

so maybe he just finds 30 ft out there somewhere other wise its prety flat as in bowens flat...lol

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I talked to Little Winnie Resort and they have 3-4 inches on Linnie Winnie. The big lake is still open but getting close as well.

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dixon lake resort say 5 in ice on third river but not safe to atv owner already have 10 dark house out there

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Hi folks,

I swung through Little Winnie Resort this afternoon and the report is about 4" of good ice. They have a couple of rental spear houses out now with several more by the weekend. The owner and a guest tested the waters today and were rewarded with a limit of northerns and about 30 jumbo perch to go with them. Looks like the season is off to a good start. Don't miss the early ice as it has always proven to be the best for me. Stop in at the resort and talk to Doug or Shannon and I'm sure they will set you up.

Good Luck!!

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i would imagine he;s talking bout the river channel if you go from bowns towards tamrack point ot 3 sisters the river channell runs threw and bottoms out bout 30

so maybe he just finds 30 ft out there somewhere other wise its prety flat as in bowens flat...lol

Exactly what i'm talking about.

So no worries walking out there? I won't be anywhere near the mouth of Cutfoot.

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never walked out there myself

but i was told as you go out there and it gets closer to the deeper water there is a noticalbe difference in the ice be careful

there is a spot right before you go up the hill to bowens that people use to go on the ice

ive never gone on there so as i said becarful dont go alone

i personally would think unless you have a spot marked out there that would maybe be a tough area to find fish as i'm sure they move alot in that area depending on current ..bait etc etc

high banks might be safer area and easier place to find fish

staight out from the birches landing there always seem to be fish

plus you will be albe to see if its been traveled ...lol

i'm not a brave man any more on that first ice bite deal lol

but if the ice is safe over there one thing is you will probably be away from the traffic and crowds which is a very good thing

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Heard through the grapevine that the big lake froze over but that cutfoot had a couple open holes yet. Anybody up there been by the lake?

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Looking from the south end yesterday it is locked up tight, I am going to give it a couple more days and get out there and check things.

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Just left Highbanks and the Birches, it does NOT look good, in fact, about as bad as I have seen ice form on Winnie. The two inch layer was lifted up by the wind and refroze into huge piles, some six to eight feet high, and not just along one line like a normal pressure ridge. These are everywhere. It will be very difficult to navigate around these, if you can take the pounding going over the smaller bumpy stuff. Most of the piles are made up of two to three foot wide chunks about two inches thick, shards pointing in every direction. Also some darker frozen spots mixed into the whiter stuff. Not really any flat ice out there. I do not know how anyone will be able to plow this, much less fish it. I am so bummed.

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there's always a way. we'll get out. be patient. go pan fishing or go shoot a deer with the muzzle loader or go scouting to see where the big bucks made it through the rifle season. maybe go chase some late season grouse or go squirrel hunting.

just let it freeze. it will. it does every year, and every yeasr we get out. smile

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