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GRAND DAD

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GRAND DAD

So how is it looking up there I see weather reports are saying starting friday it's going to start to get cold in the 20's and on like next wednesday a low of 8 do we have any hope for the smaller lakes!!!

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Gissert

GRANDDAD -

It is not looking too promising. If we get the cold, coupled with a very still night, there will be a chance that some sheltered bays may freeze.

I heard reports of someone out on West Lost last weekend, but I did not see that myself. The ice looked really sick on the larger sloughs. There were a couple of guys looking at Second Silver on Sunday morning, but I am not sure if they went out or not. That ice looked terrible.

I have a spot on S. Turtle that I can usually safely get on real early, but it is private access only.

My gear is still piled up in a couple buckets in the hopes that the ice gods will make me panic next Friday to get it ready to get fishing.

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GRAND DAD

Thanks Gissert,for the info am on longlake right on the other side of underwood not to far from s.Turtle it's for the most part out of the wind I own a place on the lake so it's pretty easy for me to get to my honey hole!!!!

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Not looking good. Small lakes are (barely) ice covered right now. With 57 degrees today and 55 tomorrow, kiss it goodbye. Then a possible snow storm in the forecast this Saturday thru Tuesday ?? and beyond doesn't help at all!
Snow will only insulate the existing ice. We need lots of cold yet to get walkable ice.

Next week looks like colder weather, so that could change things up. I will keep an eye on it, and give you a report before Thanksgiving. Maybe tell you lakes that are fishable by then???

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GRAND DAD

That would be great CD and let's all pray to the ice gods

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Guest

Absolutely Gissert! We can share our Otter Tail hot spots wink.gif

I can't wait for first ice on OT!!!

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GRAND DAD

ANY TIME YOU WANT GISSERT EARLY ICE IS THE BEST AM UP THERE EVERY WEEK END ONCE WE GET SOME ICE !!!

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Gissert

GRANDAD - Thanks. Hope for cold!

CD- I have a great first ice OT spot that usually only has one house on it. It peters out around Xmas or new years.

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Coincidentally, that spot sounds just like mine, but houses don't start showing up until January! By that time the fish are "educated" grin.gif

When the ice gets around 7" for the ATV, 4 miles out from Pelican Bay is prime time. wink.gif

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Mark Christianson

Gee CD and Gissert,
Can I be your caddy for OT?
I can carry your buckets and junk.

[This message has been edited by biglakeba$$ (edited 11-19-2003).]

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rap

whats the ice situation look like on ottertail right now?

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Gissert

GRANDAD - I live just over 210 from you on the NW side of S. Turtle. Long is a neat looking lake, but I have never fished it.

CD- We should try and hook up this winter.

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Gissert

Well, a boat would proabably be my fish house of choice right now, LOL. Hopefully this cold air that is coming will have some calm air at first. As this low pressure system passes, I bet the winds are gonna crank up on Sunday or Monday.

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GRAND DAD

well from the way the weather reports look all that praying to the ice GODS worked!!!!

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Gissert

GRANDAD -

Yep, the temps sound good. Let's hope the snow fairy does not dump a bunch of snow on new ice.

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GRAND DAD

Hey CD or any one how is it looking up there is there a chance of some walkable ice on some of the small lakes by Friday

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GRAND DAD

Well that dosen't sound to good how much snow is on the lakes i was so hoping to go icefishing but not worth getting wet over

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Gissert

GRANDDAD -

Most of the bigger lakes were still open after the snow stopped.

I am heading for home here shortly, and may have a report on S. Turtle this evening.

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GRAND DAD

An info would be great Gissert all be up there friday just need to no if it's going to be a waste of a trip!!

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we got about 4-6 inches of snow on Sunday that is on top of the ice of all the lakes that were frozen at that time. those lakes couldn't have had more than 3 inches of ice at the time, and the snow would keep it from freezing more. The lakes that froze Monday night have about 1 1/2 inches of ice right now, and it's 36 degrees outside.

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Gissert

I stepped out S. Turtle in front of my place tonight. It was dark, so I only went out about 15 feet.

I jumped up and down, and it did not crack. I did not check with a spud bar.

I'll give it a look see in the morning after the sun comes up, and post what I find.

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Jarrod32

Looked like Otter Tail was iced over this afternoon...in fact, I saw a couple guys out on the ice. They were about 100 yards (?) out, right from the City of Ottertail.

Someone else had asked about Marion Lake...that looked to be iced over, as well.

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Most of the lakes in OT county froze over on Monday night. The lakes that were frozen before that now have snow cover on them, which makes them more dangerous, even though they froze sooner.

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rookie-8

Alright Ottertail!!,

And the forcast is for 16 for a low Thursday, and 12 on Friday night.

There will be houses going out this weekend. And some sleds and 4 wheelers.
No snow on the ice, it will thicken pretty fast with those temps. I will probably be out there with them on Sunday. West end, out from the corner store/ Ken's bait area.
Good fishing ya all!!
George

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Gissert

I walked out in front of my house on S. Turtle this morning.

Very nice looking, NHL quality ice. I measured two spots, both being 3 1/4 inches thick. I will probably fish later today.

I am on the NW side. Looking towards the access, I can see some spots that appear to have frozen after the section by my place. These are tradional spots that are the last to freeze.

We are going to Lenny's for the buffet later, and I will check Ottertail and the PA oc S.Turtle on the way home.

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