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BEEFEATER

Driving in battle lake area

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BEEFEATER

Does anyone know if ther driving on the area lakes in battle lake?

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nroff

yes they are. I'd watch it though and know your lake. I personally think the big water is safer than the smaller lakes. People will differ with opinion on that i'm sure but BL they are driving on.

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jjohnson5150

If they are, it's a huge risk. I would not advise it based on what I've seen and heard. Wheeler traffic is even questionable in many areas.

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Gissert

I'd recommend a wheeler over a truck at this point. The cold weather will help, but it may tend to fire up the pressure ridges and conditions could be variable.

I agree with nroff - the smaller lakes seem to have fared the worst the last few days.

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BEEFEATER

Ok thanks. The lake im going to sunday is pretty big but usually is a early driving lake. Shes been a warm one tho. Who knows this winter. Time will tell i guess

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student

I trust you'll be checking the ice proior to driving on the lake??

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Musky Buck

Good Luck Beef, I'll wait to see you on the news unfortunately. My good friend, same theory, always has best ice first, house went through let alone a vehicle, and he went swimming also trying to get a chain around it. Heck I was going to just put on my ice skates and the 10 minute skate would be better for me than a 5 minute drive. This is what marriage is for lol, so you can blame the wife for chickening out lol. Be careful and don't just do what some others are doing.

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BEEFEATER

Yes i would most defenitally check the ice before just driving out there. I also would wait untill theres plenty of other vehical traffic out there as well. We decided to postpone the trip untill next weekend anyway. thanks

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Musky Buck

Things are improving by the minute now, if we would've got a lot of snow our lakes may be toast, thankfully not. This week will add quite a bit of ice, but another sorta warm spell but I'm just going to keep walking, I feel voodoo for me and with roughly 35-40 days left I'll hoof it the rest of the times I can get out. Good luck fishing!

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BEEFEATER

Were finally going to make it up there this comming friday, we will be bring an atv in case we can not drive. I heard ther is 15 inches of ice on the lake but im skeptical of weak spots...

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Gissert

NWS says -19 tonight, looking better all the time. Check with the bait shops, and steer clear of the pressure ridges.

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Fred_Bear

Is there any truck traffic on north or south turtle yet? Looking to head to my relatives place in that area this weekend and dont own a wheeler or sled.

Also what is the closest bait shop to underwood?

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FM_Mike

From what I understand and have been told there was areas of open water on both North and South Turtle Lake. These areas may have repaired themselves in the last week, but I would refrain from any car or truck traffic on either of these two lakes. I can't give you GPS positions on the spots where the open water was and maybe someone else will chime in on the locations.

As far as bait shops, Ben's in Battle Lake or Ken's on the west side of Ottertail or the bait shops I would contact for the most up to date information.

Mike

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Gissert

Some vehicle traffic on ST now. Unless you check the ice, I would not stray at all. Even in the pub access area, I can see a spring working. The open spot farther west is now snow covered, but I see seepage so it probably quite thin.

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Fred_Bear

Thanks for the updates guys. Im looking to hit ST for the first time for some panfish. Any tips on where to start?

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Gissert

Most don't stray too far from the access. Be careful around the cattail bog straight from the access, there is a spring working on the tip of that point on the east side of the bog, and farther back along that point as well.

On the west basin, stay away from the pressure ridge. On the south end of that there was open water a week ago. Its not a big ridge, and there is good ice on the north shore.

If you venture all they way west toward hwy 210, there is current on the back cove by the campgrounds where it transitions into a large slough.

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