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slammer

How sloppy are the lakes with this warmup?  Wondering what boots to wear tomorrow

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slammer

Cold temps coming next week.  Let us know the conditions if/when you get out

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Chill62

I was in central Becker County yesterday shallower but bigger lake and we had 7" of crystal clear ice.  Lake was LOUD till about 2/230 when temps warmed up a little bit but the ice was making and pushing at shore line pretty good.  I haven't been down to Ottertail County yet but possibly will this weekend.

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otterman91105

Finally looking like the temps are going to stay down next week should start making good ice.

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Chill62

I haven't looked today but the weekend of the 16/17 I have a trout trip planned up north and every year I go up there it gets colder then heck and I am willing to bet that weekend will get cold!  We need the cold and judging off the radar yesterday with most of the snow staying west it shouldn't affect the lakes too much.

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busse3775

Any one have an ice report from Ottertail? I know it was almost wide open last weekend. Wondering if I will be able to fish the first break this weekend. 

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Chill62

Walker have you tried facebook? lol  That'd be a good topic.

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busse3775
21 hours ago, Chill62 said:

Walker have you tried facebook? lol  That'd be a good topic.

I'm thinking that would be a better option. I had a buddy check out Ottertail for me last night and it had less than an inch in front of the Corner Store. He walked out about 5 feet and the ice started breaking. 

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Chill62

Yikes!  I haven't fished OT County yet but been on four different lakes in Becker.  Last weekend bigger shallower lake was at 7".  This weekend skinny long deep lake was at 8" and it had a side by side on the lake. Large body of water that when it warmed up reopened had 8".  Went to my honey hole and had 10.25-10.5" on it.  Dang near drove out but figured I'd wait so I drilled about 150 holes yesterday and didn't find any thin ice spots.  My shoulder hurts from drilling holes this weekend and carrying around my big 10" auger lol.  

Becker County report.  Fish were SPOOKY!!!  Tried a few lakes for panfish and didn't really get into them but they were spooky.  They prefered smaller jigs tipped with wax worms, tried soft plastics but they wanted real things this weekend was my finding.  Fished a lake Saturday night right before dark had tip ups out and jigging with spoons.  One eye came on a tip up other 4 came on spoons.  Had guys 15 feet from me on both sides both catch 2 and the tip up was another 30 feet the other way and I didn't get a bite or a mark!!!!  That's my luck though. 

People catching walleyes what I'm hearing are downsized baits on dead sticks.  Buddy got a 6.5 pounder C&R on a crappie/fathead fishing for perch mid day.  I don't know if weather has them in a funk or what.  Panfish are spooky and smaller jigs worked better 4 mm and 3 mm had better results then 5 mm.  5 mm I was finding was spooking fish when they would get near.  I drilled holes from 42' to 14' and had best luck when sun came out in 38 feet but I could follow the schools shallower as the sun set ultimately ended up in 19-21' for crappies and gills.

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BisoNation

Ottertail Lake.   Sunday Night   2 inches maybe... saw 2 guys on a bucket out in front of corner store.

wednesday morning.. some crazy guy with a 4 wheeler out on first break with a permnant house..    which I think is nuts

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slammer

I heard of a ranger/ice castle out from the Pelican access last weekend.  Any truth to that?  Some people have no fear.

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huntnfish
On 12/13/2017 at 10:15 PM, slammer said:

I heard of a ranger/ice castle out from the Pelican access last weekend.  Any truth to that?  Some people have no fear.

I can't confirm that but it wouldn't surprise me. And I don't think it's fear that some people are missing. Every year I'm amazed at how people show a complete disregard for their own safety. 

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slammer

Someone dropped a white Lodge house in the drink right off the access by the corner store yesterday.  I didn't see it but was told he just unhooked it from the ranger and as he drove away it went down.

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slammer

Someone dropped a white Lodge house in the drink right off the access by the corner store yesterday.  I didn't see it but was told he just unhooked it from the ranger and as he drove away it went down.

fish house down.jpg

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busse3775

I heard it broke through on the crack that was running through the back of his house. Tri-state diving finally pulled it out on Sunday or Monday. 

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huntnfish
1 hour ago, busse3775 said:

I heard it broke through on the crack that was running through the back of his house. Tri-state diving finally pulled it out on Sunday or Monday. 

If anyone is bored one day check out tri states Facebook page. Lots of ice extractions. 

I saw in the paper that a suburban went through on Little Detroit the other day also. It seems like there's a lot more falling through this year. Definitely a scary year for ice fishing. 

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BisoNation

Trucks going out on Ottertail Lake yesterday... with this -22 im guessing we are good for the year now

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Chill62

Lakes I was on during break had 11-16 inches of ice and a ton of snow.  Few of the lakes the area we were fishing did start to flood while we were out hole hopping around so hopefully the snow can hold off for a little bit more.  I was on 4 different lakes and was the first to drive on three of them but we checked ice conditions first and I drive a light vehicle.  Still hearing reports of spots on Melissa and Sallie that are only 8" thick.

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busse3775

I had 16"+ on Ottertail on Friday. Travel is pretty good on the lake and the couple inches of snow is helping smooth things out. Found only one pressure ridge that runs North and South from Amor Point. 

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Chill62

Does anyone have an ice thickness for Big Pine?  Coming to the cabin this weekend and curious ice thickness, not looking for spots.

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otterman91105

Big pine as of last weekend had about 15" of ice, but good ice

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Chill62

Thanks Otterman,  I have a light weight Rav 4 and with all the gear heading to the lake for the weekend it gets full quickly but the girlfriend has a 3/4 ton and we hate taking that on thinner ice.  Just trying to get a realistic idea for vehicles.  Now if I can find willing fish lol.

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Chill62

Buddies were on Big Pine and said they had 18" of ice plowed roads and looks like a city on the ice.  I was on Sybill and had 11" of clear ice in deep holes 13" in shallower spots.  Bunch of guys driving on the edges we hugged shore while driving out there Saturday.  Buddies went out to McDonald with their Tahoe and they heard ice booming stopped checked and had 8" of ice.  Don't know where they were exactly but they bailed off the ice ASAP.

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SDS

Gents,

Anyone been to OT lately that could comment on ease of ice travel. Snow depth, drifts and ice. 

Would traveling nearly anywhere be acceptable with exception to rivers/creeks?

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busse3775

You can get around anywhere on Ottertail. I have been out there the past couple weekends and we currently have 20"+ of ice. It is a little rough and some deeper snow drifts but you shouldn't have a problem. A lot of houses and traffic on the lake. 

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    • TAJ
      I agree with Rayguy. A lot of ecological changes happening everywhere and I think we’re seeing that on the Whitefish chain. Keep looking for new spots and new structure. Fish are still there. It’ll be interesting to see how Fall fishing goes. I am planning on fishing the next couple of days. I’ll let you know how I do. 
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