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Spearing Machine

3-4 inches of ice on Pike Bay. Good clear, hard ice. 

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JerkinLips

SM - good to see that Pike Bay is building up good ice.  Looks like Big Bay is still open so I was way off on that prediction.  May freeze over tonight, but more likely Monday of Tuesday next week.  Won't risk fishing there next week.  May try out Stuntz Bay however if I have luck deer hunting.

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SkunkedAgain

I'd be worried about pulling my rig up the icy landing.

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Spearing Machine

4-6 inches of solid clear ice on Pike Bay. Unfortunately, that will be about it for ice making for now looking at the extended forecast. We've got 1-2 inches snow on the ground and about an inch on the bay with maybe a little more on the way for the weekend. 

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elyfishunter

3 guys or gals fishing out of mckinley yesterday

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walleyemaster08

Has anyone been out lately? Just curious how the fishing has been and how much ice is out there? I’ve been out a couple times so far on a smaller lake near by vermilion. I had 5 to 7 inches consistently everywhere I checked. 

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SkunkedAgain

It looks like a bunch of snow fell overnight. Hopefully this doesn't have a huge impact on ice conditions.

 

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JerkinLips

My friend in Soudan said they got 9" but the Tower website said the official total was only 3.8".  Don't know what the true snowfall was but it does look like Vermilion is a mess.  I hope to get up there the first week in December if my recovery goes well.

 

 

 

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Finnish Flash

I measured 8" of snow as well in Pike Bay area.  Heavy wet snow too. That 3.8 was a measurement taken by a weather observer at around 9 pm on Wednesday night and more obviously fell since that time.  Lost power for 6 hours from 10 pm Wednesday evening until 4 a.m. Thursday. 

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JerkinLips

Thanks for the confirmation.  The 3.8" report was posted Thursday at 10am so I thought it would have been the storm total.  Makes sense that it was recorded during the storm.  Will be a mess on the lake for quite some time.  Will be interesting to see how bad it is when I go up on December 3.

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Pat McGraw

Anyone ventured out and checked Ice thicknesses yet?

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Spearing Machine

See the thread....2019-2020 Lake Vermilion Ice Fishing Reports

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Spearing Machine

Pike Bay currently has on average 9 inches of ice. Of that 1-3 are refroze slush from the snow that fell last week. Been a few guys fishing off McKinley Park. Also saw a quad out there. Not sure of ice conditions out there. As of right now it's all bare ice and very slick. 

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VermilionGold

Punched a few holes in front of our place in Daisy Bay yesterday, 7-7.5” of ice.  Didn’t get much snow out of yesterday’s storm, about 1” of snow on the lake.

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Wicheesehead37

Any update on Ice Conditions?

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jkrash

drilled a hole yesterday and found 8" of ice in front of our place with about 6" of snow on top. 

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BigVwalters

Heading out this weekend hopefully be able to investigate the ice conditions.  Any other reports so far as how far people are traveling?

 

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Wicheesehead37

Cold next week in the forecast so that should help.

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BWpineisland

Anyone know how ice conditions are or travel on the west and north side of Pine? Thanks!

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mtheis

Good job!

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islandmn

Looking for ice conditions on the west end around Taylor and Schmidt's islands, hoping to get out there around the holidays. Thanks 

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Jplesha

Is anyone gonna be out plowing this weekend on vermillion outta  McKinley point?? Looking to get my castle out but to much snow 

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Wanderer

Pulling with a 1 ton?

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