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I cruised the soutern half of the East Central Lakes area today. I didn't even see ice around the edges yet. frown.gif In fact, the ponds were having a tough time holding any ice.

Has anyone been out fishing (in a boat)? Bow hunting? Muzzleloading? Grouse hunting? Squirrel hunting? Shootin' tin cans? Anything? Good Lord, I'm starting to get cabin fever already.

Cory, have you seen any boats out on Rush?

Let's get an ice chant going...More Ice! More Ice! More Ice...

If you see someone in the area standing on shore with an auger in one hand and a ladel in the other, gazing into the abyss of open water, that's me. Don't talk to me however, I'll be concentrating on making ice.

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Yeah, this is pretty sad. I also did the drive around here in the East Metro. Saw a few ducks, but very little ice. I did manage to get out on some good ice yesterday, but I was quickly thrown out by the rink attendant. Al I wanted to do was test my auger blades to see if they were still sharp!!

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As of this morning there isn't even a hint of ice around the edges of Rush????? If I could get my boat out of the snow bank I would let you know how the open water bite is going.... Maybe hat should be my project for tonight! Its frustrating last year at this time I had some of the best ice fishing I have ever had in my life with one walleye going over 30 inches! Think ice!!!!

Cory Frantzick
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There is ice on the very northern side of the East Lake and the bays on the north end of the West Lake. Not safe at all.

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