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I am coming up there on the 20th. I was thinking of going out to bananna reef. Can you drive on the lake.

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We fished Banana Reef last Friday afternoon/evening. You needed a snowmobile or ATV to get out there. By the time we left (7:00pm) the ice heaves had spread even more and we had to zig back and forth for quite a while to find a spot to cross. I wouldn't think that'll anyone will be driving out there for by the 20th, unless it gets real cold. Fishing wasn't any good anyways for us.

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I was out near banana yesterday and there's an ice heave that splits it right down the middle from north to south. You could get across it with a snowmobile but getting out to it is another matter, only sleds and atv's were on the ice. There's open water where the ice has broken apart about a mile west of Garrison that runs for at least a mile north and south. The ice was around 10" -14" and the fishing was very good if you're not looking to take fish home. It is so slippery out there that a set of ice cleats would be a very good investment.

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Correction from last post. I meant East of Garrison, sorry. And I assume you meant "driving conditions" not diving conditions.

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