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buschwhacker

Going up to Dead this weekend and was wondering if anyone knew how the ice was and how the fishing has been? Have been fishing in the metro with 6 to 8 inches of ice but only catching Perch. Thanks-

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McGurk

Going there myself this weekend (the north end). Watch the shorelines and for ridges, a couple of guys on 4 wheelers went in on the sw end a couple of weeks ago. Over a foot in some spots since new years, but be careful

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buschwhacker

Thanks for the heads up. We will be on the North End as well but might be moving throughout the day. Hoping to get into some walleyes and/or crappies and avoiding the inevitable 12-15in snakes.

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McGurk

If you see a couple of purple Otter portables and 4 wheelers it's probably us. We tend to work the area around Goat island, but might venture to some new areas depending on ice. Good Luck.

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buschwhacker

Good Luck to you as well. Looks like this cold weather should firm up the ice a bit. Hopefully the walleyes are biting!!

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Lights

How was it on Dead guy's? I am thinking of going up this weekend. I am one of the 20 some members of the United Stortsmas Club on Dead lake.

Thanks

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McGurk

Fishing was mediocre, ice was 14" in most places. There was a stretch of open water from one of the east shore points to about halfway out on the way up to the north end. Saw a car and a truck out, but we stuck with 4 wheelers. Not many houses out.

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Maverick1951

Hey McGurk, Could you pinpoint the open water a little more. I'm going up in a couple of weeks and will most likely want to venture out towards Bone's Island, but don't want to take any chances. Any info would be really appreciated. Thanks.

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McGurk

deadlakewater.png

I think this is right, but watch all of the points coming from the west shore. The red is open, the yellow was healed but sketchy, and the green was safe but noticeably different than the rest of the lake. Swing to the north and west and you'll be fine.

Look for a PM

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lakesbison

west side (straight out from southwest access) is open as well as of last week....so heads up there too!!

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