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Ice Update for the Big Pond?

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Grabs

Let's use this to keep current on the ice conditions on Mille Lacs. I know there is one in the ice fishing forum, but lets focus this one a bit more to Mille Lacs.

So who has an update, I didn't get one from Lundeen's yesterday, but I have to imagine the bays being pretty iced over this morning.

Lets hear some good news boys, I wanna put my house out in 12 days!

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Alphid

Out last night. Some ice "forming" around the access area north of the casino. Not too much though. We are going to have a couple more weeks of boat fishing still, I hope.

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dfv87

Aphid, Was the access still ok to use at Indian point? Looking to go up on Sat if the ice isn't too bad.

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Alphid

The ice wasn't too bad and you should be able to get in. You might just need to go through some shards to get through, no big deal though. I am planning on going on Sunday if the weather holds up.

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Evenflow

Hey Grabs,
Andy with two OO's and I probably aren't going to be able to do the ice series this winter (if we want to do the summer league) but lets set up a weekend on the big pond to fish for the big ones...

Send me an email if you're interested.

Evenflow

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It's all just theory till you hit the water.

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Alphid

I launched at the access north of the casino last night. There was a little bit of ice built up on the shore but nothing major. Launching was not problem and the little bay had only a little bit of ice in it. The main lake had some ice forming around the reeds but very thin. We saw a couple of chucks of ice floating in the main lake. Still have some time to go out and fish.
A

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AWH

Is it safe to assume that the ramp in Garrison is ice free?

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Guest

i drove past mille lacs going deer hunting the last few weekends and there is really no ice on it. only a few spots have ice about 20 feet off of shore.

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Alphid

AWH,
I would think that it would be open and ready to use. The access north of the casino, with the little area that opens to the big lake, was completely open. I would assume the one by Garrison would be the same.

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Mykal

Was out last night. What a beautiful full moon. Caught a few nice fish. There was no ice in the Shabosh Kung access, but there was ice forming in the bay just to the North of the access and a few floating icebergs. Most were blown out by the west wind yesterday.

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rmrakt

Read the big pond iced over completely late afternoon yesterday. Stay cold!

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Alphid

rmrakt,
Where did you read that?

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Alphid

rmrakt,
Where did you read that?
Thanks,
a

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rmrakt

Another (less popular...!) forum. The guy lives on a lake and had a pic of the lake from his house. Ice as far as you can see....(Don't want to put the unauthorized link here). Won't be long now!

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Grabs

Send me the link if you don't mind,...and from what side of the lake was it?

[email protected]

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Alphid

Thanks,
My brother and myself had some stupid ideas of maybe going fishing tonight in the boat, Won't be doing that.
Thanks,
A

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Mykal

Thanks for the update Scott!

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mudman

was up there today, went out on cove bay only got about 200-300 yds out from the launch and came up to some really thin ice-2" or so. It was only about 6 feet of water so I guess we'll have to wait a couple more days. But yes it is TRUE the pond is completely locked up tight ( just NO wind and we'll be OK) ann lake on 47 has 4-6" on most of it caught a couple sunnies and that was it.

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Alphid

Grabs,
You got mail

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rmrakt

Sent you one too Grabs.

The guy took the pic from his house on the east side of the lake (near Lakeside).

Looks legit!

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Grabs

Oh sooo beautiful!!

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Guest

I have heard two reports of guys that ice fished the SE corner already. Sounds like it won't be long for the rest of the lake. Hope for NO wind! Scott Steil

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blkfrg

Sorry to say that when I came home from work this morning there were HUGE open areas in both Wigwam and St. Albans Bays. It did look locked up on Tues. morning. Where did all the liquid stuff come from?

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Blaze

Wind? Did someone say "hope for no wind"? I think we're outta luck as I heard today's forecast (in the MSP area anyway) is for 25-45mph winds with temps in the upper 30's and 40's. So much for the ice...

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    • Mistermojo
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