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Sorgy

I need to put the pumps in extra early this year around my dock. Maybe I can speed up Ice out in our bay that will spread to the main channel. Main lake will be locked down I think for opener. Ice out up there is usually 2 weeks behind the cities. I saw a truck or van on Centerville Lake yesterday afternoon Wednesday April 11th.

No talk of the DNR delaying openers yet. I do not recall many closures over the last 15 years.

Good Luck

Steve

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SkunkedAgain

This morning, I reminded the checkout lady at Menards that this delayed spring really means that we've got a couple more weeks of reprieve from the biting insects. I'm always looking at the bright side of things.

Like everyone else, I've never ice fished the opener and think that would be one whopper of a memory. I may be walking across the ice to get to my place, or even pulling my canoe behind me on a rope. I'll be there one way or another.

I've never heard of the DNR delaying opener but am always by surprised by life.

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chucker1101

Don't think the DNR will delay opener, but i seem to recall the DNR shutting down fishing in Pike Bay on opener one year, due to ongoing spawn. Am i mis-remembering?

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slovene

No delay or date change that I can recall , but do remember Pike Bay being closed until 2nd weekend. Same thing happened over in my neck of the woods on Cutfoot. Guessing even if the lake opens close to opener, you may see a closure there again.  

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delcecchi

Mmm I was wondering about coming up before opener to get my stuff for the canoe trip.  Looking more like a quick trip rather than turn on the water, put the dock in trip.    

On 4/11/2018 at 4:00 PM, jkrash said:

I checked Ice thickness in front of our place today, there's about 3" of snow and 25" of ice. I think there's still hope for an ice free opener for part of the lake. 

Ice out occurs about 3 weeks after the snow leaves the woods.:pufff:

From your lips to God's ears....

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meerkat

Is the water flowing over the darn by the hatchery???

 

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Cliff Wagenbach

Water is SLOWLY flowing under the ice at the hatchery!

Cliff

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meerkat

I was hoping it was like in 2014 but doesn't sound like it :( 

@jkrash  can you email me on what dates you have open for this year?   I have to be on Vermilion at least once a year!!!   spell check to darn from DAM ,LOL

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jkrash
2 hours ago, meerkat said:

I was hoping it was like in 2014 but doesn't sound like it :( 

@jkrash  can you email me on what dates you have open for this year?   I have to be on Vermilion at least once a year!!!   spell check to darn from DAM ,LOL

Please go to our web site and click on the cabins page, all of our remaining openings are listed for each individual cabin.

21 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

This morning, I reminded the checkout lady at Menards that this delayed spring really means that we've got a couple more weeks of reprieve from the biting insects. I'm always looking at the bright side of things.

Like everyone else, I've never ice fished the opener and think that would be one whopper of a memory. I may be walking across the ice to get to my place, or even pulling my canoe behind me on a rope. I'll be there one way or another.

I've never heard of the DNR delaying opener but am always by surprised by life.

 

If you need a snowmobile I have one:D

 

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SkunkedAgain

Sweet ride! I'm happy to see it out on the snow again. I hope that you like it.

Just today I rode my new (to me) ATV over the ice to my place, so I'm not too jealous.

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SkunkedAgain

It looks like I shouldn't have switched over my fishing gear from ice to open water. I'm strongly thinking that I'll need to switch back to ice fishing gear for opener. An exciting prospect.

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BrianF

For what it’s worth, yesterday my strikemaster auger got pinned to the ice in a few spots while drilling.  I needed my extension!  Several inches of fresh snow fell last night, which should help those wanting to ice fish on the opener.  I, for one, am not...

Global warming where are you?!

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Cliff Wagenbach
1 hour ago, BrianF said:

For what it’s worth, yesterday my strikemaster auger got pinned to the ice in a few spots while drilling.  I needed my extension!  Several inches of fresh snow fell last night, which should help those wanting to ice fish on the opener.  I, for one, am not...

Global warming where are you?!

They are calling it climate change now! :crazy: Global warming  wasn't working for them!

I fully expect to see Big Bay still frozen over for the opener.

There will be no closures or delays in the opener for Vermilion according to the local DNR.

Cliff

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meerkat

the "experts" say it due to the polar icecap melting.  maybe we need to move farther north.  hahahahaha

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jkrash
14 hours ago, SkunkedAgain said:

Sweet ride! I'm happy to see it out on the snow again. I hope that you like it.

Just today I rode my new (to me) ATV over the ice to my place, so I'm not too jealous.

...it works good for what I need and it pretty much goes through anything.

If you ever want to give up your new wheeler let me know:D

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jkrash

We're going to need about 3 weeks of above freezing temps to get rid of the ice, I think at this time we are in trouble for a ice free opener  :2c:

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JerkinLips

With the recent snowfall and the below normal temps coming up, I think ice out is going to be a record late.  I am wondering if Memorial Day weekend is even in jeopardy.  If the ice is solid, I think I may finally fish the opener on Vermilion again (out of my fish house - 2 lines through the ice).

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Cliff Wagenbach

Two lines through the ice on the walleye opener is a debatable thing. Not real sure if that will be legal!

Has anyone checked?

Cliff

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FishinCT

I swear we debated that a few years ago on here somewhere. I don't see how fishing through the ice in May is any different than fishing through the ice in January. 

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cartway

What was the total snowfall last night on Big Bay?

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Fish Head

I just sent a tweet to the MN DNR regarding this discussion about using 2 lines on the opener if you are fishing through the ice.  Their reply is below-

Hello Dan, The answer is yes – two lines are allowed if you're fishing through the ice. Thanks for the question.

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Cliff Wagenbach

We got at least 8 or 10 inches here!

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BRULEDRIFTER

Upper 50-60 degrees beginning this weekend! There will be ice, but it may be black and slushy. 😟

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18 hours ago, Cliff Wagenbach said:

Two lines through the ice on the walleye opener is a debatable thing. Not real sure if that will be legal!

Has anyone checked?

Cliff

Why doesn't Minnesota just adopt the two line like our neighbors to the east. A limit is a limit, if it takes 2 hours or 3 hours I see no difference.

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leech~~
23 minutes ago, Darrell Larson said:

Why doesn't Minnesota just adopt the two line like our neighbors to the east. A limit is a limit, if it takes 2 hours or 3 hours I see no difference.

I know right! :lol:

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