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Ice conditions are improving daily now thanks to a string of cold nights and calm winds, some of the area lakes now have up to 6 inches of ice. The majority of deeper lakes that were slow to freeze are finally ice covered, although it’s doubtful that there are more than a couple of inches in these spots. The benefit is that this new ice is clear and hard and will be a much better base than the rough, broken ice that formed earlier this month.
On a tour of area lakes today I found a couple of icehouses on Ball Club Lake, located in the shallower South end where there are about 5 inches of ice. Winnibigoshish is by far the center of activity in this area with at least 100 icehouses on the lake and several people traveling by four-wheeler. Bowstring, Jessie, Sand, North Star and Round Lakes all have a house or two positioned on the shoreline and ready to be put out this weekend. The outlook is good for anyone who wants to get out there, but I’d recommend staying with the shallower lakes and/or lakes that have some traffic on them already.
Early fishing reports are that the Perch fishing is going well on Winnie in water 6 to 10 feet deep. The Northern Pike are moving slowly right now, but there are some fish coming in. Some folks are catching Crappies already on Bowstring, There is early Crappie action on a variety of the smaller lakes too, fishing in the typical locations. I’ve talked to a couple dozen people who are ready to go this weekend and by Saturday; we’ll be getting reports from lots of folks fishing the area.
Get out there if you can and be careful!

The Early Bird-Jeff Sundin
Early Bird Fishing Guide Service
Phone: 218-246-2375
North-Central Minnesota
Lakes Country
E-mail: [email protected]

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I've been on a couple of lakes in the spring lake, talmoon area that were froze over before the big snow fell, as of yesterday I found 6 to7 inches of ice but only the bottom three inches are solid and therest is junk.

I also just noticed this forum, it's nice to narrow it down a little from the GR forum.

have a great day

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