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Even though it's 50 out now, this morning had temps at 34 and windchill at 26. Took a look at the predicted forecast for the week and saw Tuesday and Wednesday dipping down in the 20's at night (still going to be 60 next weekend), but that got us thinking about ice fishing.

So what's everyone's guess at the first ice fishing date~at least 4"? (Keep in mind DNR's guidelines are 4" of new clear ice is the minimum for foot traffic, 5" minimum for snowmobiles/ATV's and 8"-12" for cars & small trucks and 12"-15" for medium pickups and there is no such thing as 100% safe ice).

Going to kinda go by last year and guess November 25th. (Last year there were 3"-4" on the 19th, but it wasn't until the 26th for 6" and our first ice fishermen)

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Hi drakes!

Your guess is pretty much in the right area I think, right around Thanksgiving. I think the earliest I was ever out on the ice was November 4th, maybe 15 or 20 years past. That was in NW Wisconsin and the crappies and sunnies were going that day.
Hoping to get a couple more trips before ice fishing comes tho'!

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Ill go with November 19th for first ice (bout 1") and November 30th for about 4" or so.

I wish it would be more like October instead of November; but ya cant always get what ya want. tongue.gif
Earlier the better!

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Like to hit the open water at least one more time...although the ice fishing gear is calling our names smile.gif The way the temps are going may have to up the date to October! Well, it's going to warm up in a few days and with the rain supposidly gone it's not bad, but not much longer now!

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I plan on going up Oct 17-20 to get some late season walleye fishing in. I did that last year and one morn when I woke up, it was white out! White as SNOW; that night it snowed 4" and the worst part was there was no tarp on the boat. So I had to shovel it all out. Hopefully its not that bad this year and I find some good fishing.

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Heard a couple of days ago that Upper Red's southshore was totally frozen over so went over to Blackduck Lake today. From the landing, everywhere I could see was totally frozen~big difference from the last time I checked. No walking out on the ice other than right at the shoreline 'cause it's not time for that yet, but this is looking like a good start! Temps are cold again tonight, but not as cold as last night, at 7:30 it was 21 with windchill it was 3...makin ice smile.gif

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