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seifjr

Seems like we face this question every year for our mid-December ice fishing trip.  We like to make the run the islands/reefs from Wheelers Point area, so I'm curious if there's any snow on the lake at the moment to keep the sleds cool?  I heard they were targeting today for marking the trail north from the river to Oak Island, so any current information on that front would be appreciated as well.

 

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AlwaysFishing23

There’s some snow there not a whole lot. What kind of sleds you got? Fan or liquid cooled? Personally once there’s 1-2”+ of snow I use sleds. Much better IMO.

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seifjr

Agreed, sleds preferred if we can find some loose snow.  We all have liquid cooled, so we need something to cool.  Thx.

 

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DRAGFOOT

Get some ice scratchers, problem solved.

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Spearing Machine

You will be just fine with either modes of travel. Very roughly 1/3 bare ice and 2/3 snow cover with 1-2 inches at most. Bring ice cleats it's slick!! There were plenty of both running around last weekend. Just be careful as there are small areas of jagged and stacked ice but nothing as bad as last year. We ran all over with a wheeler pulling the 6× 8 trailer and never had any concerns at all anywhere. 

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seifjr

Thanks guys.  I have scratchers on both of my sleds, and they didn't seem to work after Thanksgiving when we were fishing URL.  I have the type that are mounted to the bottom rail about the middle of the sled.  If there are 2/3 patches of snow, we'll be good to go.  Interested in hearing whether they've started marking the trail north to the reefs?

 

 

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Ballyhoo

Be careful going north, there is a big crack that stretches across the lake from 3 sisters to Long Point.  It is probably iced over now but would only have a few inches of ice on it.

 

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seifjr

Thanks Ballyhoo.  I heard they were dealing with a big crack 8 miles north of Pine.  If we head north, we always follow the trail to the angle.  I presume this crack is one of the factors that has delayed their process on getting the trail staked.  Are you a local, how much snow did you guys get yesterday afternoon/evening? 

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Ballyhoo

Somewhat local, 65 miles away.  Roseau/Badger area got less than the Baudette area but it still wasn't much.  We had about 3" this morning, not sure what fell over there.

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