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Paul Waldowski

Appeldoorn's Sunset Bay Ice and Road conditions

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geo17

Paul

we just called and the lady said you aren't allowing vehicle traffic this weekend. i have a 8x16 ice house that i want to bring up. are you able to get us out with a wheeler? also a buddy of mine who is renting from you tomorrow is bringing a kodiak 400, is this big enough to pull my shack out if you are unable to?

thanks

geo

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Paul Waldowski

geo,

Whether it can be pulled out with a wheeler or not is dependent on what it has for tongue weight.

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geo17

Paul...thanks for the quick response. i would say the tongue weight is 225 to 300 tops.

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Paul Waldowski

Then it shouldn't be a problem.

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"Just Add Ice"

Geo if you run into any problems just ask- We will have a wheeler up there around noon on Friday that will be able to get you out for sure. Paul just shoot chris a text or me (Justin) an email if you need any help getting this guy out.

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Paul Waldowski

Awesome...Thanks guys

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geo17

Geo if you run into any problems just ask- We will have a wheeler up there around noon on Friday that will be able to get you out for sure. Paul just shoot chris a text or me (Justin) an email if you need any help getting this guy out.

Justin...that is awesome to hear. i appreciate it and hopefully we won't need to interupt your fishing. if you see a black trophy hunter on the ice come over and enjoy a coctail with us.

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Rippinlip

Hoping next weekend the fishing is still going strong.

Coming up to Appeldoorn's for the weekend.

Initially planned for the New Years weekend, but had to delay.

Will not be having my 2 favorite fisher-people with (wife & daughter), too close from daughters recovery from surgery.

Hoping to be able to drive trucks by then, but if not the wheeler is ready.

Save some for me, please.

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TruthWalleyes

I'll be staying at Apples this coming weekend as well. Looking forward to it. Where are their houses located at? Shaws, Doe area? I'll be coming up early friday and walking on, but the group will be arriving later in the afternoon. Will parking be available friday morning and someone to collect the fee also?

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bassfshin24

Ill be up there Friday morning as well. Really looking forward to this trip. I have 5 friends from back in SD come up so should be a great time.

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steamman

I will be up there in last than 20 hours. Can not wait. Been waiting since the last trip in February. Hope the fish are cooperating. Also hope we get to drive out, if not oh well.

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bassfshin24

Paul...what depths do you have your houses out at right now?

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NAGORSKI

He has a map on his website that shows some houses and roads. We will be up Fri. morn as well. Good luck!

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bassfshin24

O perfect. Thanks! Good luck to you too

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TruthWalleyes

I was digging through the website this morning and found the map. Very nice!

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walleyeking19

Anyone else see that on the map on their website that it still says Karpens Resort? Its been Appledoorns for a long time

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broman

Anyone else see that on the map on their website that it still says Karpens Resort? Its been Appledoorns for a long time

That's probably because he uses an older 2007 version of LakeMaster which doesn't have the updated name.

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T-water

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Don't know if this link will work, just a short video from 3 weeks ago.

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Paul Waldowski

Ice and road conditions- 1/010/2012

Looks like we will have a full house of FM'ers

We currently have 14 inches of ice in the bay and out past 2 Mile. We are seeing some cracking and spidering of the ice sheet due to temperature fluctuations and the lack of any snow cover. We are still only allowing 4 wheelers and snowmobiles out but we hope to be open to light vehicle traffic by the weekend. All of our rentals are out and we have started to pull private houses out.

We currently are staked out to Shaw's Reef and also out to 2 Mile. We will complete staking Doe Island Reef tomorrow afternoon.

Ice conditions are changing daily so please check in and get up to date information wherever you are accessing the lake.

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Rippinlip

Well Paul, with the last words you posted on here, and it being 50 today.

Looks I will have the Polaris in tow for my trip up on Friday.

Shooting to be there around noon.

See the rest of you FM'ers up there.

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Powerstroke

I'm thinking about making a trip for sunday-monday. Maybe with these low temps coming we can get small vehicles out there.

I'll be keeping an eye on the reports!

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TruthWalleyes

Forewheeler is hooked up. I'll be there early friday morning.

I'm staying with Jordon R. 8h delux and 4h 4bed. Will you charge me parking friday morning? If so, no problem, whats the earliest i can show up at appledorns to pay for parking, and do you charge parking over the weekend if your staying in a house? I was going to call thursday night and ask these questions, but maybe we can take care of it here. Black Bravada, trailer in tow.

Thanks,

Andy

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pushbutton

Truth, Ripp, any HSO er,

Going to be at the catfish get together on Sat. but will be up on Sun. Any of you guys/gals still going to be there? Might mosey on up to the Appledorn hood for a while and see whats shaking.

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Iambjm

Paul, do you think I will be able to drive out with the yellow banana Friday?

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TruthWalleyes

PB, I'll probably be pushing out of there by 10am sunday... i think that is when we have to leave the house. I'll need a nice nap sunday afternoon i'm sure, but if the bite is hot it might change my mind. I'm going up friday to get some good fishing before the group shows up, since we've got a group of 10 guys going (all younger than 30yrs old grin ) - there will be more beer drinking than fishing goin on i think and it will require some recovery time! sleep

Now if you were coming up friday...

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bassfshin24

TW...I have a group of 6 coming up and we are all under 30 as well and all of us love our brew haha. Gonna be a long weekend. If your around house 13 feel free to stop by. I think we might bring some botchee balls up and play some ice botchee. Who know's..gonna be great!

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TruthWalleyes

grin There won't be any fish left on that gravel bar from the sounds of it!

Cabin 13, I'll keep that in mind. We'll be in 19 and some others in 4. I think there's 3 more coming up in a custom camper too.

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Rippinlip

Probably be heading back home by 10am or before on Sunday.

Think we are in house 11 if I am not mistaken.

It will be a 40 something(me) and my son in law and his friend, both in their 20's.

Actually going to try to fish most of the weekend, there will be a few beers being tipped back I am sure too.

Hopefully Adam and I will be there by noon. His friend will be up later.

Hopefully the house 13 isn't too close to ours... crazy

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bassfshin24

O come on rippinlip. We aren't gonna get loud and out of control. Most of us are after the fish rather than the buzz.

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Rippinlip

O come on rippinlip. We aren't gonna get loud and out of control. Most of us are after the fish rather than the buzz.

No thats cool, I just want to have fun this weekend, but going to try to fish some too.

I was even thinking off bringing up a golf club or 2 and seeing if I could drive a ball a couple of miles....lol

Maybe a putting tournament on the ice....

Catch a fish, a buzz and have some fun.......sounds like a plan to me.

Don't fret I will have a few very cold Northern Beers somewhere around wink

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