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I know last year I was out the day after Thanksgiving on French. Any possibilty for this year, or should I go bow hunting? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

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NO ICE IN THE AREA. Dosent look like it will be cold enough to make good ice by the weekend, and i hope that the lakes dont freeze till this snowsystem passes otherwise we could be waiting along time for GOOD ice.

Start the sleds, but remember that the trails dont open till the first of december.

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French may not be ready by thanksgiving but there are some other lakes in the area that will be good. theres a couple east of there and west also. Its plenty cold to make ice.

Shut up and fish!

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fleming is close to being fished, I would think french is in the same situation. with the well below frezzing highs on friday, and cold temps in the eve, it should be very soon. with the perdicted temps close to 40 next week, it may as much as 2 weeks out. lets hope they are wrong about those expected highs next week. then we will be fishing by next weekend. just remeber to carry the ice chisel for checking the ice as you walk, and the picks to get yourself out just in case.

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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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