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Bald Eagle And White Bear December 6

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I went out at 11 a.m. today, Thursday December 6, to check on activity on Bald Eagle and White Bear Lake.

There were two portables on Bald Eagle.  One was up on the north end in the middle but I couldn’t tell how access was gained - probably a local since there isn’t any place to get on up there.  There was also a portable by the cattail bed south and west of the landing.  There were enough tracks from the landing to make me think there are a number of folks going out that way.  

What I saw that was odd was a large area of very dark ice going north and west from the island.  The rest of the lake has a thin coating of snow but this area looked to be totally clear.  Hard to believe that it is still open water given the recent temps.  But there were also some ducks flying along the west side of the lake and looking for a place to land.  Doesn’t make sense to me.

White Bear only had two portables and it looks like they probably came out from the VFW.  I didn’t go around the entire lake but there was nothing visible from the launch on 96.

Part of it could be the lack of any information from bait dealers.  Blue Ribbon’s shop on 96 has been closed for a couple of seasons now.  The ladies at the Quick Stop on 61 near 120th really had nothing useful to offer in terms of info and I doubt they pay any attention.  One said that there have been a few coming in to buy bait but no one has given any reports.

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From what I'm seeing on Lake Owasso and Lake Josephine which aren't real far from Bald Eagle the area of open water doesn't surprise me.  Owasso still had a decent amount of open water on the northwest side of the lake last night when I drove by.  Josephine looks to be locked up but has areas not far off shore on the east side that don't look great and those areas were open a few days ago. 



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A friend who lives on the lake told me that the area north west of the island was open water last week.  She's out of town right now and didn't know how it was doing today.  

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Bald eagle had open water out around the big island and extending north til this morning. There is still a small strip of water east of it where the crack forms every year. By tonight it should be locked up but be wary. 

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