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Its that time, so lets hear those ice reports.

-5 this morning in Twig and Long Lake froze over last night.

Might just get out fishing after all this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Hey Frank,

Let me know if you need someone on shore to hold on to the other end of the rope.

Take care,

Tom (BD110)

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Thanksgiving, really. I never would have thought that was going to happen after the weather that we had over deer hunting up there. Lakes making ice is music to my ears. I just cant wait to get out there and see what happens. Thanks for the post, keep the information coming on the ice thickness.

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S.T./BD110 I just came down hwy#4 and looked at rice lake it was snow covered from what I could see grin.gif Well back to work frown.gif but Im smilling in side it wont be long. PLEASE EVERY ONE BE CARFULL. REMEMBER NO ICE IS SAFE

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got out this afternoon of about 3 in of ice. no action but it sure was nice to get out for the first time of the year! also checked out fish lake at hi banks earlier today and there was about an inch or two of ice but not thick enough to head out on. if you make it out be very careful and remember that no ice is safe and no fish is worth risking your life for.

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Well said Quick. Remember 3" here could be 1/2" there. Be safe and never go on early ice alone!

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Are we going to have another year like last? I think the rain and warm temps will kind of do in the ice we have now. If not it will make the ice even more unstable. I wouldn’t think that Thanksgiving would even be an option. It’s another unusual year and we have to be patient, I always looked forward to fishing Thanksgiving morning then going in for turkey. I hope I can do it again, but I think this year will be out of the question. ------Be Safe-----.

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Im with you moderation Ill be holding out til after Thanksgiving and playing it safe. Thats unless we get some serious cold.

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It's called Global Warming- Fall gets warmer and longer-and winter gets warmer, and shorter, every year. Since ' 97 or '98, I think. It stinks. Our winters are becoming more what is normal for Illinois, or Missouri. As a winter sports nut, I hate it. But what can you really do? The damage is done, apparently (depletion of the ozone layer).

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Sorry never but I never bought into the global warming B.S. It seems like you never here about it unless we get a 95 degree day in the summer or a 30 degree day in the middle of winter.

Seems to me that the weather has cycles like everything else. We’ll get out of this and back to normal before you Know it. Actually other than missing some early ice fishing it’s kind of nice: less on the heat bill, shovel and snowblower time, and everything else that goes with the

cold or extreme cold.

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GLOBAL WARMING DOESN'T EXIST - so states our fearless leader George W.

8-Ball -- you better accept this fact or he'll call in an air strike on you

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I don't agree- if you look at weather records, the 10 warmest years globally have occurred in the last 15-20 years. It would be a cycle if it went back and forth-say warm for a few years, than "old-fashioned" Minny winters for a few years. But that is not reality. It is a proven statistical fact that each year-especially the seasons of Fall and winter, are getting warmer and warmer, and have been, for about the last 15 yrs. How else do you explain the fact that the average growing season here is 2-3 weeks longer than it was just 35 or 40 yrs. ago? Again, it is not a cycle, but a fact. I clearly remember as a kid having knee deep snow from around Thanksgiving to around Easter, year after year. ALL my hockey was played outside, and they very rarely ever got cancelled for warm temps. Now? My kid plays, and if we have had more than about 2 weeks of decent outside ice, without it melting, in the last 7-8 years, than I must have been comatose. Last "real" winter we had here was '96-97. Since then, it has been like Illinois or Missouri here in Fall/Winter. Sucks for just about any outdoor winter activity you can think of. But, again, what can you do now? Damage is done.

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The question isn't whether it's getting warmer. It is.

The question is: What's causing it? Natural global temperature averages do cycle up and down. We're in a warm cycle now. Sometimes, historically, those are simply natural fluctuations, but we KNOW that the thinning ozone layer and holes in that layer (which we've caused through the over-emission of so-called greenhouse gasses) allow the sun to warm the earth more than it normally would.

As far as I'm concerned, if it ain't a natural swing this time around, it's our fault. And if it is a natural swing, it's our fault that it's worse than it should be.

At any rate, back to ICE REPORTS, which is what this thread started as. We have no fishable ice I'm aware of up here. Robinson Lake and a couple other shallow lakes were iced over fully a couple days ago, but it's been flirting with the freezing level, so it'll be awhile unless we get a truly cold spell.

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Ask me in about two months if I believe in Global Warming when my thermometer says 50 below grin.gif

Actually my position on it is pretty close to stf's.

I don't have an ice report. Sorry. I am whishing that there was about 6 inches of ice. But like my grandfather use to say you can whish in one hand and... Maybe I better not repeat what he said grin.gif

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Regarding the recent trend toward warmer temps. I was reading something on the NOAA (National Weather Service) website that stated that the warmer temps in November and December over the last several years mimics a similar warm spell that lasted about 10 years from about 72 - 82. If anyone remembers, it just about did in the snowmobile industry. Wasn't last winter like the 7th or 8th coldest on record for northern MN? I think that's what I remember.

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global warming..el'nino plays a greater part to our weather than global warming at this point an time

100 years from now it'll be noticeable

Ice?...anyone brave enuf to try anywhere is plain goofy at this point an time in my opinion..

now if ya all wanna chip in to have my ex-wife shipped back to minnesota (ice queen from hell) her heart will add a foot of ice overnight...an one less ice-fisherman cause im movin outta state grin.gif

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To answer STFCatfish's querie from a few posts ago regarding what is to blame, lay it on George and Dickie along with all of the other repubs who make bazillions off the fossil fuel industry. Anyway, George gets blamed for just anout everything else so why not this?

And Cloyd...I thought you told me that they had taken away her travel rights from state to state and banned her from Minnesota because all of the energy assistance had been used up, along with the idea that any further deepening of our cold winters would prove to be catastrophic.

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What's really normal??? they were not keeping track of it 200-300 etc years ago. Of course every year seams to be getting warmer! I believe where I'm sitting right now there was a Glacier over my head at on point!!!.. Strat

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Got out with Quickstrike this morning after he spent all day yesterday searching out area lakes for ice. First stop for us was Boulder which was about 2 inches but not enough for us to get out on fish so we headed down the road to his "other" spot and got on nearly four inches for about 300 yards off shore until we decided to sit down. Ended up with a few missed strikes as we huddled around to block the blowing wind and Quick nearly lost his rod down the hole. I had a hook up with what I believed was an eye due to its movements on my graph only for my line to snap off in my frozen spring bobber upon hookset. Also one other in our group (not sure he has a forum appropriate name?) did manage to land a 4# pike for the first fish seen pulled through the ice this year.

Wow was it nice to jig on a flasher and watch the movements. Now I just need to get a shack out so I don't freeze my @## off.

Thanks Quick for the researching and best of luck to you all!

As far as the global warming thing, whens the last time you have been fishing before Thanksgiving grin.gif Now move this conversation or "debate" to the appropriate forum its time to talk about ice fishing!!!

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Cheffrey, you silver tongue devil. I agree that it’s time to get some more ice info. From the forecast it looks like we will be fishing this weekend, if we don’t get a lot of snow. Sounds like the temps will be cool enough at night and not real warm during the day. We are only suppose to get a chance of flurries through Sat. but if that changes to more snow it could be enough to screw things up, with the added weight.

The bottom line is we are close, but we shouldn’t push it. There is plenty of winter left to enjoy all the benefits, if we are smart enough to stay safe…

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it's excellent discussion, i just don't think this thread is the right place for it. start a new thread and keep the discussion going.

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as a guy employed in the weather field, I feel the global warming deal is overplayed. The data is the same for both sides, it just seems presuppositions take over, and the side we hear majority from is the side that favors warming. When one looks objectively at the data, (only 100-150 years of realiable data) it's nonsense to state objectively that the entire earth is warming up!!! Yes, winters have gotten warmer, but the global warming people seem to forget the dust bowl days, days and months that have records that have not even been challenge in over 70 years. 99.1 avg high temp for July in the city of Des moines,Ia is one. MPLS was something on the order of avg high of 95-96. On the other side is record warm NOV of 2001 in the midwest and plains The point is that both sides have the same data, just that one side gets more pub than the other. When one looks biased free at the data, one will see that there is too little support for either a cooling or warming of the earth. Indeed, things do seem to be quite balanced, hence, we still have seasonal change and storms and wind which are basically mother nature's way of distributing extremes from one end to the other.

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So I am planning on coming up to Duluth to fish on December 15th. Anyone have a guess as to how much ice I will have under foot on fish lake?

I still have 3 weeks to go so I am hoping we get some good cold any day now.

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Thats about what I was thinking. I think my wife is starting to get annoyed with me becuase all I can talk about is ice fishing.

But I suppose she might enjoy the break from football, poker, and golfing.

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