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Martin Lake has 8, maybe 9 inches of ice. There’s some slush out there, will probably be an issue when it warms up in a couple days.

 

Lots of vehicles parking on the ice at the access on Forest Lake. Even seen a small pickup out at one of the community spots ?

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Saw 4 trucks with wheel houses or skid houses out on the south side of first lake. I measured 10 inches of ice in most places but that seems a little thing to be pulling a yetti with a silverado like one guy was doing. 

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13 - 14 inches of ice on Shags in Ely.  12 was the least I found in a slush pocket.  Slush isn’t bad from the little I’ve seen.  About 7-8 inches of powder snow on the lake.

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When I went to test out the lite flight yesterday the ice was 7-9 inches but I did find an area that had maybe 6 under a drift. 
 

My dad went fishing up north of here today so I will report how much ice he finds.

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Well my dad just called and they found 16 inches of ice and have 3 nice crappies and 8 gills in the bucket so far. 

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was out on clear south of Watkins last night. there was 11" there and about 100 houses in the area that we were in.

when we put are house  we were all by are self. We have moved hopefully there will be less traffic. 

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Crazy to see trucks driving all over Forest Lake, while I fished Quamba and Baxter Lakes (both much smaller, and very shallow), and only had between 7 and 9 inches of ice. Quamba was a slushy mess! The slush on Baxter was frozen up.

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1 hour ago, JBMasterAngler said:

Crazy to see trucks driving all over Forest Lake

 

You can't stop people from being lazy or stupid.  Its pretty clear that the recommended minimum ice thickness for even attempting to go on a lake in the winter is 4 inches on foot, and at least 12 for a vehicle.  Its something I just can't figure out either JB.

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Wait until the first one drives out on blue I found 5 inches out there in an area. Scary ? 

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Checked out a handful of lakes today. Forest Lake #2 and #3 are about 95% iced over, with as much as 1 inch of ice. A guy pulled into the launch with his boat 😁 When I drove back later, he wasn’t there. But as I drove to access #2, he had tried launching there, and was currently trying to get get his boat back on his trailer, as he realized it wasn’t going to work.

 

Goose Lakes was about 99% iced over, but only had about 1/4 inch of ice. Bone Lakes was about 80% covered with skim ice. And the north end of Big Marine was about 90% ice covered with skin ice as well.

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Little Elk In Zimmerman had a few guys out fishing today. Ice thickness is unknown as I was getting gifts for the wife. 

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Went and checked little elk and Baxter 3-3.25 inches about 8 feet off shore. I did not go past that as I don’t want to fall in again. I need 5 inches to feel ok and it will be some time before gets there unless it gets cold soon. Let’s pray for no snow. 

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1 hour ago, Austin12345 said:

Does little elk one of those with multiple names I can't seem to find it on google maps. looking to get on some early ice tomorrow.

Google  little elk road east 

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Coon lake Anoka Co. 95% locked except for narrow strip from Lexinhyon drainage ditch toward flagpole point. Several 100 swans/geese keeping it open. The ice ridge 30 ft off shore next to broken lce will most likely pose early ice access issues.  1/2 dozen Youngins fishing the channel said ice was 3 to 3 1/2". 

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2 hours ago, Mike89 said:

is that where you live MM?

No I live in Princeton. I googled it that’s where it brought me.

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