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monstermoose78

Anyone want to hit a lake tomorrow at 9-10 am with me? 

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Rick

Too late.

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monstermoose78

Lots of fish 9-10 inches of ice, but they were small!

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eyeguy 54

Like the black ice?

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monstermoose78

It was good ice

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eyeguy 54

The rod silly. 😁

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Dan85

Were you somewhere relatively local? Been thinking about going out, but didn't know what to think of area ice yet. 

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monstermoose78
11 hours ago, eyeguy 54 said:

The rod silly. 😁

I love it Royce it is sensitive enough for 3mm jigs and has back bone to land big fish.

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monstermoose78
4 hours ago, Dan85 said:

Were you somewhere relatively local? Been thinking about going out, but didn't know what to think of area ice yet. 

I was local be careful of some lakes but the lake I was on I found no less than 9 inches and up to 10 inches.

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Wanderer

I think ice thickness right now is more dependent on snow cover.  When it fell compared to ice being made on a certain lake and how much.  20 below for a day won’t cure the thin ice/slush blues with 10 inches of snow on the lake.  
 

Thanks for pics Nick!

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monstermoose78
47 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

I think ice thickness right now is more dependent on snow cover.  When it fell compared to ice being made on a certain lake and how much.  20 below for a day won’t cure the thin ice/slush blues with 10 inches of snow on the lake.  
 

Thanks for pics Nick!

Wanderer you know the lake I was on I am almost positive. It froze over in early November and people have been ice fishing it for a 3 weeks to a month now. Snow cover was about 6-7 inches and it’s a good thing it’s a short drag across the lake as this fat guy was huffing and puffing on the way back to the truck.
 

Be careful as the swans were thick and the have an open spot on the north side where the creek exits. 

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Wanderer

@monstermoose78,

 

If I had to guess, that’s the one I’d put my money on.  You seem to have that lakes number pretty good!

 

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monstermoose78

Anyone want to head out this afternoon ?

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tview

Planning on heading out in a hour or so!!!!!

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Tony Thompson

Me to. Where ya guys headed

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tview

I'm heading to Blue 

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monstermoose78

That’s were I was thinking

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monstermoose78

I have to get a few more things done

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IceHawk

Good luck guys!

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monstermoose78
27 minutes ago, IceHawk said:

Good luck guys!

Thanks 

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eyeguy 54

Get em nick. 

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IceHawk

Good job Nick!

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monstermoose78

Fish be ready to meet beer batter!! If ya want to fish I will try to look for messages once I walk out on the lake

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IceHawk

Now that's putting the smack down on them Bud well done my friend !

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monstermoose78

All fish gone 

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Wanderer

That’s a good haul @monstermoose78!

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