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Dave S

Does anyone have reports on West Battle after the snow last week? I heard there are a few houses that have been taken off. Is the ice still in decent shape?

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IceHawk

A lot of snow and slush and  flooding. Travel is tough but do able .

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Chill62

I was out on local lakes this weekend with my Rav 4.  Snow compacted a lot over the week and anywhere there was a hole there was some flooding where I saw.  I had to stay to trails but if needed I could get out and about as much as I dared to travel.  Pickup travel was best but hopefully we will keep settling this snow and make it a little easier to travel the lakes.

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Dave S

I went up there last weekend. The road straight out from the east access was broke up a  little and wouldn't recommend driving that one. There were other roads that were in decent shape. Kudos to whoever kept them plowed. Didn't manage to catch much.  A few perch and a tullibee.

 

The amount of snow on the ice kept me from going to the areas I really wanted to fish. There were a few houses but it didn't like there was easy access to the area without a snowmobile.

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Chill62

Travel was hit and miss I was on 3 lakes and if you could find a place to get through a plowed road wall you could get around.  I also was trying hard to not get stuck due to profile of my vehicle.  We fished NW of you a little bit yesterday and had to go up into the weeds to find the fish...girlfriend released a 9.75" blue gill in 6 feet of water sight fishing.

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    • DonkeyHodey
      I don't want nobody "breaking the seal" in my lake--use your empty Mountain Dew bottle  🤔 (But seriously, I hope the DNR isn't so blinded by the AIS lingo in proposal that they don't seen how blatantly and dramatically it will decrease access...   Furthermore, I can't believe every lake-association isn't watching this intently;  ready to file their own versions as soon as they see what the outcome is...)
    • delcecchi
      You get the seal and drive away.   Who will break the seal at minnetonka or Mille Lacs or White Bear or Osakis or whatever?   This is the first I heard of this seal business.  I would certainly be interested in how it is supposed to work.      I can imagine how something like this would possibly work but it would need to be a statewide thing, or even multi state.      Right now, I go to the cleaning station and get inspected and get the seal.    Sometime later I show up at an access and they look at my seal to see if I am allowed to launch.   Is that how it works?    Does the seal have a timestamp?   Is the seal where my boat connects to the trailer, so launching boat automatically breaks it?   Somebody has to break it?     So many questions.... And it isn't even a lake where I go....    
    • dnovak
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