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Fish house's on rivers & Lakes Feb-Mar


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Soon we will se a rapid warming trend and ice conditions will deteriorate very quickly on rivers an lakes.

This season has seen a high angler use in the headwaters region of the Red River with as many as 79 ice houses in a 1/4 mile stretch of river. Although the numbers have diminished the total is still high but remaining anglers should very soon consider extraction of there houses to be safe.

Run off will float the ice pack almost immediately as temp's begin to rise and this will produce difficult and dangerous conditions.

Wise anglers may wish to remove there houses as soon as possable to be safe!

Please respect the environment and police the area's near your house for debris and litter and dispose of it properly.

Late ice can be good fishing but with the weather heating up we all are safer walking on an fishing in the open.

Thank's and good fishing!

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The lower Red River (Manitoba) requires that Anglers remove their ice houses (outside of those they use for a day and move off the same day) two weeks before the end of the season (March 15). I suspect this year with the Red's increased flow will probably see an early break up and probably above average flow rates. This, of course, will make it that much more difficult to get at those big whiskered critters when the season opener comes around. As for the rest of the province ice houses are to be removed by March 31. One last note to those who like to leave the shack out until the very end.... bring out blocks and put the ice shack above ice before leaving. Should melting conditions turn back to solid ice (as it does frequently up here!) you won't have to chisel the shack out ---- or as I had to do one year, "chainsaw it" out of the ice. Get out and enjoy what can be one of the best times of the ice season! Tight lines. Dan

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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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