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Hey Everyone! Looking to book a resort trip for next years ice season. Was up for the first time this January and had a blast! What an awesome fishery! This year we would like to hit it a little earlier and was wondering, when do things get going up there? (decent ice, resort bombers running etc.) We were looking at the week b-4 X-mas. I know each year is a little different but this year I have some family coming in from AZ and who would like to experience what we Minnesotans enjoy each winter. Thanks in advance!

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walley

How can a person answer that question, first ice is when it gets cold, last years I was fishing on four wheeler on Dec. 5-8 next year could be later earlier etc. There is no way to answer that question. If you want to make a date after Christmas should be safe bet.

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bapperpimp

I have booked at Arnesens on the weekend before Christmas the past couple of years. Its really nice because there are very few people up there and the fish have bitten very good each time. I would recommend giving them a try.

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Sifty

Bink, I have gone up the week before christmas the last eight years only once did we have to cancel because of poor ice. The fishing has been good for us . Good Luck<P>Chris

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KingPout

YA sure Sifty me boy, you can go up early in the year but you can't go with your Buds next week....BOO!!! It's gonna be good by then...<BR>Just giving ya a hard time - How are ya Bud ?<P>Harry

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Thanks Guys! That's what I was looking for. I'll take that 1 outta 8 chance! Looking @ Schusters becuase of all the good things I've read about them on this site. Seemed like real nice folks also. Thanks Much!

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