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Heading up thursday morning. I was hoping to fish Big Point and beyond but I heard that someone went through on a snowmobile last night. Karpens said they were driving out to Doe island but there were two breaks beyond that. I was just wondering if anyone had been on Big Point and how "safe" the ice is in that area.

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rmrakt

Just read this on the WCCO site....wonder if this was what you heard?

Snowmobile Driven By His Son Plunges Into Lake
Posted: 12:27 p.m. CST January 2, 2002

An 80-year-old Brooklyn Center man died Tuesday when a snowmobile driven by his son broke through the Lake Mille Lacs ice and rescuers were unable to reach him in time to save his life.

His identity hasn't been released.

Police say the 45-year-old son from Champlin was able to swim to the edge of the ice and pull himself from the water, WCCO 4 News reported. He scrambled to the nearest fish house and was taken to a nearby resort from where he called for help.

But by the time rescuers arrived, they didn't see the man. Divers recovered his body in 15 feet of water. He was pronounced dead at Mille Lacs Hospital.


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I would be very careful Doc around BigPoint. My son and his buddy know of 4 or 5 spots with hardly any ice at all. They were fishing 200 yds. from the 2 guys who went down lastnite.The father drowned.They got on there sled and drove right into open water.

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Thanks for your replies. I talked to a nearby resort owner last night and he had mentioned the tragedy. I guess it puts some things in perspective. I like fishing Big Point but it seems to always be plagued by the pressure cracks and I am happy to hold off for another spot until ice conditions improve there. I have fallen through once in my life and hope that that time will be the last. Still hoping to catch a few early eyes tomorrow!

Good fishing.

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Insp Gadget

We were out yesterday at 11:00am, took the 4 wheeler from Ceder Creek access (just south of Karpens) and went basically straight out till we hit smooth ice and turned south and went just off the rocks (24ft) from Hawkbill. (went right past Doe island. Came in at 6:30 and the small ridge 50-100 yards out from the access had opened up. Went to the south 100 yds to get around it. Saw an ambulance heading north on 47 about 6:30. Guess that was the one!

We had 8 inches in all the places we drilled, saw 6 'eyes on the tv, 5 to 8 more on sonar after dark, caught one 21.5, lost 3 more close to that but bigger. (yeah, I'm a bad fisherman, got them close enough to see but let them off the hook before holding them!) Perch were slow, only got 4 worth keeping. Had fun, but after reading here and watching the news, feeling like I'm lucky!

We followed others track most of the time, but when ever we came to clear patches of ice, we walked first and never crossed any that we couldn't see at least 6 inch cracks in. (6 in deep that is!) Don't assume your old track is still good or that anyone elses is when you come to clear ice! We were only out 6 hours, but had we just keep trucking on the old track, we'd have been wet too!

Good Luck, and be careful!!

Gadget

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vikingtom

I checked a lake west of Mille Lacs Where there was snow and tracks I found 3 to 4 inches and where it was clear it was 6 to 8 inches. Don't trust somebody elses tracks.

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