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hey everyone i am sitting here reading the main forum and they are talking about being very careful on the ice this year? we are coming out to the big pond in 2 weeks are we going to need to worry about the ice conditions? i mean i know the basics ice is never safe and all that but what i am asking is what are the ice conditions right now are they different then last year and is there enough ice to be out there fishing? i just getting a little spooked hearing all these minn. pros on this forum talking about unsafe ice? i just want to be sure i dont have to worry bout unusual ice...so give me your thoughts and what you guys are seeing...

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On the SW side we had 17" on Dec 30th, now I have not drilled a new hole since then, but I will be up there this weekend and I will let you know how it looks.

I am sure it just got a little sloppy on the surface but shouldn't have anything to worry about.

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thanks grabs looking forward to hearing from ya this weekend then...we are going out of dickies. anyone else hear anything?

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I am out of Dickies and there is anywhere form 14 - 17" of ice out there! I am over by hennipen island and I messured it myself and it si 16" - 17" ! Also even if the weather gets warm it doesnt melt the ice that fast! I think were safe but if you would rather here it from Dickie himself go ahead and call the resort! The number is 320 676 8795! Hope this helps!

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You all have to remember ML is a very big lake. Some warm temps have very little effect. It takes a lot to get the ice to change. The increasing power of the sun in March is what really start things a changing.2 feet of snow can melt off to bare ice and you can still drive out to the flats. It takes a lot of btu's to effect that much mass. The pressure ridges and cracks are the things to watch the most with temp extremes.

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I was up at Macs today, on the SE side. Our house is a mile out, but we went out to check out the communtiy out by Hennipen island. We stayed on the plowed roads but found a good 15" of ice at our house, which is a mile out and at least that much by hennipen. The ice is in good shape, and there is a fresh coating of snow, the 1" out there was really blowing today, along with everything else! that wind was brutal tonight(thurs). Actually had a few bites!

But the bottom is gonna fall out and there will be plenty more ice being made with the sub zero temps coming.

To be safe just check with a resort, they'll let you know.

Good luck.

mHm

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I was up on the SW side. I moved my house out towards Spirit Island, well marked road all the way out and no less than 16" of ice all the way to the island, with more in many spots. One bridge on a ridge that is still pretty active, it opened up again today, but froze up well by the time we left.

Fishing is still rather slow, 2 walleyes 19.5" and 15.5",...yes finally a slotter and not bad odds 3 fish this year and 1 has been a slot fish. We also kept 4 jumbos, seems like there are still a few but hard to come by. Find the smallest jig you can tip it with a waxie and jig alot! Works really well with the camera to keep the little ones off the line and wait until you get the attention of the smaller ones.

Good luck out there,..hopefully things pick up yet this winter.

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