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Out on lake 1 this afternoon and had about a foot of ice everywhere I was.  Couple trucks out there as well.  Bite was marginal but managed to ice a few decent perch, crappie and a walleye.  Missed a big walter or northern on the deadstick.  Set the hook for a couple head shakes and then he was gone.  Had to leave right before prime time unfortunately.  Have a feeling people did pretty well out there while the sun was setting.

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The rain we had yesterday took care of the ice overnight, viewed from our shoreline on the west side of lake one, the ice is pretty much gone, can only see a few small patches of ice left out towards

Checked the ice yesterday, measured 13" a couple hundred yards from shore near downtown, the same location had 9" about a week ago.  Starting to see a few vehicles out there including some 1/2 ton tru

The edges of the weedline in 6-8' and also into the deeper edges have been turning a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and pike on Forest this week.  The 12-15' range has also produced a mixed bag of fish a

I used my truck to pull my little 6.5 x 12 wheel house around a bit Yesterday. I had the electric drill and a long bit with to do quick ice thickness checks where I travelled. I was finding mostly 15+ inches of ice Yesterday, but I'm sure there are some areas with less.

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2 hours ago, Fuzzbient said:

I used my truck to pull my little 6.5 x 12 wheel house around a bit Yesterday. I had the electric drill and a long bit with to do quick ice thickness checks where I travelled. I was finding mostly 15+ inches of ice Yesterday, but I'm sure there are some areas with less.

What part of the lake were you on? Thought I saw a truck with a smaller white wheel house on 3rd.

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Checked the ice again just now, still only seeing 12-13", lots of traffic an a few mid sized wheel houses being pulled out.  

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4 hours ago, FishingFL said:

What part of the lake were you on? Thought I saw a truck with a smaller white wheel house on 3rd.

Yep, that was me. Blue F150 pulling a white wheel house.

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1 hour ago, Fuzzbient said:

Yep, that was me. Blue F150 pulling a white wheel house.

Nice. I was spying from my deck. Think I'll be joining you tomorrow with my house.

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1 hour ago, FishingFL said:

Nice. I was spying from my deck. Think I'll be joining you tomorrow with my house.

Sounds good. I'll be out there Tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon trying to catch something too.

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Be careful, under the deeper snow I was finding only 9 inches of ice. I found 9-14 inches of ice in a small area on #2 and the ice was flooding where we put the shack.

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3 hours ago, fishing tech said:

Be careful, under the deeper snow I was finding only 9 inches of ice. I found 9-14 inches of ice in a small area on #2 and the ice was flooding where we put the shack.

Did you pull your house out with a truck or wheeler?

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how did the ice fare after this warm spell? am i still ok to drive small vehicle out on the ice? 

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1 hour ago, monger said:

how did the ice fare after this warm spell? am i still ok to drive small vehicle out on the ice? 

There were still vehicles of all sizes all over the lake today. I'd never say "you're safe" but that's what I saw. 

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I was out on Thursday and found a spot that was only 8 inches on #2. And then there is a guy racing around in a suburban.

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3 hours ago, fishing tech said:

I was out on Thursday and found a spot that was only 8 inches on #2. And then there is a guy racing around in a suburban.

South side of 2nd lake? Was 12in under the house still on 3rd.

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12 hours ago, drscholl14 said:

Anybody been out on Forest lately?  Wondering how much snow is on top of the ice?

Not much snow around. Pretty bumpy with wind packed snow and refreeze in most areas. 

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On 2/18/2016 at 2:52 PM, FishingFL said:

Who all is pulling their house off Forest before the rain and warmer temps this weekend? 

I pulled my shack off Today. It was sitting in a lake that was only getting deeper. Very scary. If I would have drilled any holes who knows if they would have grown and swallowed the shack by Sunday afternoon.

There are some areas out there with around 8 inches of water on top of the ice, so be careful. That won't make for good ice much longer. 

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I actually pulled my house off last night because I didn't want to drive through the water like you said. Rode the 4 wheeler out from my yard tonight and it's just a mess out there. 

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Anyone been out lately?  Thinking about walking out of the main launch on lake 1 this weekend.  I'm assuming the ice is still plenty safe for walking out?  It's been a while since I've been out.

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There has been a lot of buckled ice on the shoreline recently, but past that it still looks ok, not much activity out there lately, seen one portable way out there yesterday evening (Lake One).

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Admittedly haven't been out yet but have seen snowmobiles and wheelers venturing around the lake. A few spear shacks have been put out. Any reports on ice thickness? Appears to be some slushy spots too by the sled tracks you can see from shore. 

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Hi there,

 

i talked to Mike's bait on 8 and they said the thickness varies a lot between 3-10". Forest lake #1 was in better shape because it's shallower, #3 is the deepest and not as solid.

 

i plan on going out for dad alone time before the Yuletide storm Thursday, I'll post what I see on #1. 

 

Merry christmas all.

 

jug

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Was out on Tuesday on Lake one, 7" of ice, got some flooding after drilling a few holes.  There are a few small permanent shacks out, and there were a half dozen or so in portables.  

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Went out on 3 today with a sled and wheeler

 5 to 7 inches of ice where we were. Bite was good, great jigging and a few flags. 

 

Crack with a lot of slush growing since yesterday going across 3. Not a problem getting through it yet, hopefully with cooler temps next week it will firm back up. 

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8 hours ago, drscholl14 said:

Is the ice good enough on Forest to go anywhere on the lake with a sled yet FishingFL?

I can't say going anywhere is good at this point. I haven't ventured around or drilled enough holes to comfortably say that. Will be interesting after tomorrow if we really do get rain storms too.

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