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I have a week trip planned for opening week on the big pond.  Should I reschedule?  I know the record ice out for that lake is May 16th. Does it look like that will be broken this year?

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TrueNorth

Sure does't look good now but things can change in a hurry.  Pretty darn tough to break all time records.  Same discussion going on at Vermilion which is May 23rd.  

If I had to bet the farm, I'm wagering the big pond being ice free the week of May 6th IF long term forecast is reasonable close.  

 

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I read recently that Mille Lacs generally loses its ice about a week after the other smaller local lakes in the area (Onamia, Shakopee, Farm Island, Platte, Sullivan, Borden, etc).  So maybe keep an eye on those to see what their progress is.  I also read that some of these bigger lakes further north usually lose their ice about 13 days after Lake Minnetonka.  So that's also something to watch.  Minnetonka's all time latest ice out date is May 5.

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brrrr

if the long term forecast holds, I would guess the lake will open up really close to opening weekend. like Friday through Monday. there will probably still be some ice floating out there for a few days after that. it really depends on next weeks weather. its going to be close

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