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Are people driving on Ripple through the pay access? How much ice out there? Anybody having any luck with the crappies? I haven't been out there in a couple of years because my success on the lake had dwindled but I would like to try it this weekend.

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FishB4Work: I usually fish Ripple with a boat in the fall. The last time I was on Ripple from the pay access was about 5 years ago. We paid at the box and drove out on the ice. After we were set up and fishing for about an hour this guy in a pickup drives up to us asking how the fish were biting.We only had 2 and told him we just got set up. Then he looks at the address on my fish house and comments that I'm from Cambridge. He starts complaining about all the none locals and accusses us of not paying to get on the lake. There were 4 of us , we told him that it was a public lake and we paid at the access.He got mad and left. When we finally quit fishing at 10 p.m.and drove to the access we found a saw horse blocking it with a sign on it saying "Locals only" on both sides. Well there was no other way off so one of the guys got out of the truck and moved the saw horse. I drove by, he got back in and we drove away while someone in the house was watching us. I've also heard that if you park on the edge of the road and walk out some people have returned to broken windows on their vehicles. There are some nuts living up there that are pretty selfish. Just a warning from past experiance. We never had any contact with those people before or since and the conversation was pleasant until he got p/o'd and we did not say nothing other than it was a public lake.

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Wow! Interesting story. I can't say I've ever heard of any troubles out there. Didn't make it out there this weekend. The crew was having too much fun. The next time I get out there I will put on my best Aitkin resident impersonation though. I hope that would be local enough. I wonder what would've happened if you had been from North Dakota or worse yet Canada.

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I fished Ripple this past weekend (18th 19th) and believe me there is plenty of ice. I **** near buried the auger. There is plenty of ice. I'm not sure about the pay access, I parked on the side of the road on the Southwest side of the lake and walked on. No one broke into my vehicle. The fishing was not great. Too cold to move around much to find fish and it was my first time out on the lake. Hope this helps

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  • 4 weeks later...

FishB4work...

You need to let the DNR know when things like that happen. If it isn't a private lake, those people have no right to threaten or intimidate you in any way. As long as you're not violating or offending anyone (like leaving trash, being drunk, driving unsafely or urinating in public, etc.) it's "your lake as much as theirs", as much as they don't like it. Hey, the state taxes you pay assure you that right, plus , I think the licensing fees give you that right too...

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
    • smurfy
      yea that ice looks like its about on its last leg!!!!
    • Rick G
      Being we had a few hours of weather cold enough to make ice I decided to check out one of the small shallow lakes in the St Cloud area.  Ice was in surprisingly good shape this morning, had about 6-7 inches of hard ice again.   Found a pretty decent bite in 8-11 ft of water.  Crappies were riding high in the water colom while sunfish remained close to the bottom for the most part.  Best bait for me was a 3mm motoroil/chrome with a impulse mayfly. By mid afternoon we could definitely tell the ice wasn't as firm as it was in the morning. By the time we left at 4pm I had put all thoughts of returning tomorrow morning out of my mind.  At no point did I feel unsafe, we were prepared for whatever, floatation suits, ropes and ice picks at the ready😏😁.  Today was definitely my last day on the ice for the yr...next stop, spring carp/suckers😁   VID_20240229_150704553.mp4
    • Rick G
      Just trying to make as little noise as possible once holes have been drilled.  
    • CigarGuy
      I take my sxs all the way down Phillips Rd. road to Cains driveway and turn around at the entrance to Laura's and her son's Brian's driveways, Brian bought Davey Crockett's old place.(I think that was his name). You see them fishing on his dock at the beginning of the narrow part of the channel heading in Black Bay. They have the only 2 driveways that are plowed during the winter down Phillips Rd. My neighbor, whom you met, used to plow his boat house road so we access the lake easier in the winter for ice fishing, but he doesn't ice fishing much anymore, so just sleds down that road. I think I know who lets you access the lake, nice of him. I'm surprised more people in Black Bay don't use their places in the winter. I'm heading up in the morning!
    • chucker1101
      I drove on I-35 over Albert Lea Lake on Jan 5. It wasn't even partially frozen, and it's like 6-8 ft average depth or something like that. Those lakes in Sourthern Minnesota didn't even get 2 months of ice this year.
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