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Just read the Outdoors News fishing reports. I have question about the ice. Why do you think the ice is thicker on the bigger lakes than on the smaller lakes around here? They are saying 19" and leech and Mil Lacs, but yet URL is limiting certain trucks. Any ideas?>>>llater the load

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Im not sure Load but I know even on good years Red lake has a lot of cracks etc and trucks go down. Red is super shallow and a lot of ice is constantly moving around. I think with all this shifting it may not set up in some spots as good as other deeper lakes.

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We were on Vermilion Saturday and there was about 18". The previous couple weeks I was out on smaller lakes and I don't think there was over 10". There must be a reason, but I don't have a theory on this one.

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large lakes = wind swept, less snow cover = more ice.

small lakes = less wind = more snow cover = less ice.

thats my theory anyway.

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That makes sense, but i also think that the depth is a factor. A deeper lake takes longer to cool down and freeze over. For example, we were out walking on rice and boulder before there was enough ice on island to mix a drink with. But by that token, a shallow lake like red should have decent ice by now confused.gif Its been a pretty crappy year for ice all around though...

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I understand what B>D> is saying but there is no snow. Also if the wind is up it is harder to make ice i.e. Lake Sup. and the bay7 I think its the cities god that make the ice thicker so they can come norht to enjoy are great area frown.gif

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