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Dkiazyk, I saw your post about Lake Dauphin. I go hunting there every fall. I have brought my fishing rod allong with and fished Manitoba but never made it to Dauphin. Dauphin water gets so cloudy but I have heard it is awesome for fishing. Is the fall bite very good? I would think that is is but I never see any one out on the lake fishing. Last year when we were hunting I saw one of the weirdest things on that lake. Looking to the north through binoculars there were large whitecaps. I looked like it was getting really ugly out there. The place where we wer was dead calm, I mean glass. The white caps stayed to the north and kept rolling up north for another hour but the wave action never came south. Also there is some major water level changes on that lake. I thought was seeing things but the water level changed 3 times in a couple of hours. About 8" from its high point to its low point. I thought there was a tied until it changed 2 more times. It was kinda of bizzare. It was not a windy day, mostly calm except for the whitecaps up north. Any explainations?
Do you know when the bulk of the northern mallards come through? We have always hunted the 1st week of October. We ocassionaly (about every 3rd or 4th year) see quite a few mallards. I have seem the behive up there but it never seems to be consistant? I think we might be there a little early for them.
One last thing, The place we have been staying at for the last several years has been sold. Might you know of any one who might rent out a House/cabin or old farm house? We have hunted the area for 15 years and have several references from people that live there. Idealy we would like to be anywhere from St Rose up to Rorketon. Any help would be appreciated.

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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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