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Is there going to be ice up there this weekend for the deer opener? If so do you think that it will be walkable by Sat.? I am going to be up by Itasca State Park and I want to know if I should bring some of my ice fishing gear.

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I was up at the Mantrap chain this past weekend. Early in the mornings there was some very thin ice (1/4 inch at the most) 6 - 8 feet from shore in the quiet areas of the lakes. By noon, however, the ice was gone. The odds are against having any safe ice on any of the lakes near Park Rapids this weekend.

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How much snow is on the ground up in the PR area. I'll be hunting down around Menahga this weekend. Good luck everybody!!

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with these cold temps dont be surprised if your ponds, small lakes, and streams are froze over. the only lakes up here in bemiji that dont have ice are the big ones.

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  • 2 weeks later...

was hunting menahga as well. 5+" after the -16 degrees on Saturday. We saw a couple portables on the way to Huntersville on Sunday night to watch the vikes. We took the wheelers a ways out but never did get around to fishing. We ended up with 1 doe and one 11 pointer by Sunday night.

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    • Brianf.
      Saw on MPR that this year had been even warmer than 2012.  If this weather pattern continues, Lake V will be ice out before the March 28th date from 2012. 
    • Dash 1
      Awesome fish. Way to go.
    • gimruis
      That is a true giant slab around here.
    • chucker1101
      I did a lot of crappie fishing in 2012.   I'd say April 1 is a conservative guess. March 25 seems doable. Depends on the rain and the wind in March. 
    • CigarGuy
      Do you park at The Landing or have someplace closer? That would be a hall from The Landing!
    • SkunkedAgain
      I hate to start this thread early, but this ice doesn't have much of a chance this season. It's about half as thick as it should be, there is no snow cover to protect it from the March sun, and it continues to be abnormally warm. Let's hear those ice-out predictions.   I expect the smaller bays to be open by the last weekend of March with the main lake soon after, likely prior to April 1st. Earliest ice-out on record is March 28th, 2012.   On the plus side, the spawn be done long before fishing opener. Combine the reduced walleye harvest with the longer growing season, and this should translate into a better walleye class for the lake.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I walked into my place late Friday night. It was beautiful - a full moon, no snow and single digits so the lake was making all kinds of noise, wolves howling, and the kicker.....no wind. The only difficult component to walking was the ATV and snowmobile impressions left in the ice. Every once in a while my foot would catch a rise in the ice and I would stumble and almost fall. Besides that, it was a perfect night. Unfortunately I had a schedule to keep, otherwise I would have started a midnight bonfire to stay out and enjoy the evening even longer.
    • Mike89
    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
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