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Did anyone fish out of Babblers last weekend??


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2 of us went out of Babbler's yesterday and we were disappointed to find that the water clarity was bad. It was real cloudy looking, I took my scoop and it would disappear about 10 inches down so we just packed up and headed for Pine Island. Water is good over that way. THought if we fished there we were just wasting our time. But then who knows how deep the cloudy water goes. Maybe if a guy had one of those cameras and took a looksy down there. Getting on the lake was no problem, there is about 15 inches of ice but there is alot of cracks and a few houses out there. We went out as far as Gull rock because of the cracks. Hope this helps. Brian

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I am going up this weekend. Our house is on shore at Babblers. We plan on pulling it out this weekend. I talked to my brother in law and they did awesome at Pine so we may end up fishing portables over Pine. I believe you when you say the water is stirred up but I don't understand this. How the hell can the water be stirred up when it's had a lid on it for 3 weeks?????? If anyone has an explanation please let me know. Also, I have a camera and have tried using it at LOW and it's basically worthless, you can see about 1.5 feet on a good day. Mille Lacs I could see about 30 feet. Just alot darker water I guess.

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We drove out in a Tracker, there is a road and its staked. Some guys were out there on sleds but there is plenty of glare ice. Good luck! Brian

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12lb. The viscosity of water is much greater in the winter time, so the particles in the water take that much longer to settle. I'd venture to say we will be into January before things improve in the middle to West side.

I'll be looking for some clean water Saturday.

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(Contact US Regarding This Word), Widetrack I am impressed pulling out a little H20 Fact. Now do you know why this happens and just think if the density of H20 wouldn't follow the laws of physics with it increadible ability to be slightly lighter at 31 degrees Life on this planet would not be posible!!!!Density rocks

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usually I save the equations for AFTER I have been out in the fishhouse for the day. They seem to make more sense at that time.

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WT: I was unaware the the Viscosity of water changed until it froze. Yes the density changes when it drops in temperature, but we used Viscometers to measure the viscosity of verious products in Centipoise, and we did not register difference in readings with water from 20C down to 5C. The hygrometer didn't show any difference either. I understand the reasoning behind the issue as it pertains to particulates in the water settling out, but I believe the micro size of the particals is more of a factor than any changes in the density. Hopefully the water will clear shortly and the fish will see the bait... Kaz

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If water temperature changes from 16° C in the summer

months to 4° C in the winter months, the water viscosity increases from 1.117 cps to 1.568 cps.

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Particles stay in suspension easier when the density of the carrier is increased. Same holds true for small changes in water's density.

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Interesting.... I guess you learn something new here all the time... Does the Specific Gravity also change as it gets lower in temp???? Kaz

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I know one thing for sure... If it was flat calm for 3 weeks in the summer, the water would have cleared by now.

Bring your gizmos up sometime, and we can experiment over a cold vs warm beer... I'm sure we will get smarter by the minute... grin.gif

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I always thought it was just stuff in the water and it caused problems. Never too old to learn.

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i tried "little gull rock reef" today and not a bite, only 3 fish went through. worth a try though, i just had to check it out

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Does anyone know what the status of Babblers road is. Are the trucks driving out and if they are how far out are they going?

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Richard was again on KTRF this past Tuesday with Big Red. He didn't think he would let trucks out this weekend. He is finding varying ice thickness. He is letting atv's/wheelers out and has some trails marked.

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He said no vehicles this weekend. 4 wheelers and sleds only. Most of the ice is good but there are some spots with 9-10 inches. He figures there is enough ice for S-10 size pickups but if he lets them out then the full size rigs and 4 doors will be out there. He also said last Friday someone on a wheeler found a six foot crack that had pulled apart. Someone else went out Sat. and it had closed back up. That was towards Twin Islands.

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once u get about half way out to gullrock, the cracks and heaves r not as bad on the east side of the road. much much better on the east side of the rock once u get up to it. did see one crack that may have been a foot wide at one time but it was closed. lotta houses out at arnesons reef and it would b no prob gettin out there, doesnt look near as bad out past gullrock

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Icemeister what is the scoop on the water clarity out that way?

Thanks....fiskyknut

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it was very cloudy like the color of cider. in closer there were some discolored ice patches, id say it kinda looked like hard-cider.

lotsa good clear ice with big patches of snow, perfect to keep ur snowcat on course and to set up your fishhouse on. looked like he had his plow ready and there is a big parking lot plowed

cant say much about the fishing...yet

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Man it'll sure be nice to be able to drive out at Babblers, made for a long winter not having it open last year!

I wonder if that limnologist/mathmetician Widetrack has a model/fomula that could predict when the water will clean up a bit!...LOL!

fiskyknut

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He's a bigtime IT guy too, he's probably working up a computer model for a prediction as we speak.

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Good Point. I suppose my wingman status just got down graded! I can't make it until Sunday.

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