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My daughter and I are thinking of coming up to Ely this weekend. I own property on big lake that is water access only and was wondering if anybody knew what the ice conditions are like? I would also like to stop by Burntside and try some of that laker fishing. I missed the Bash because their was a father/daughter dance that weekend. frown.gif Are people driving on Burntside?

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Catfish,

By any chance are you going to be out fishing on B-side Sun or Mon. Could use a point in the right direction and wouldn't mind stopping to say Hey.

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Catfish,

I do understand. This will only be my 2nd time out ice fishing this season. With all the info that you have given out in previous posts, I'll print me out a map of the lake from the dnr website and give it a shot. Heck, I'm just thrilled to be leaving the cities and heading north. smile.gif

Thanks for all the info you have suppilied.

Mike

Hey is the Van Vac access still the place to go out of?

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Hey Chaff, yes VanVac is the place. i'm not sure if I'll be out or when but feel free to shoot me an email before you come and I'll try to put you in a couple of decent spots.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

is there a road over to crab lake portage

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

then i will bring my sled cause i aint drivin over there this year

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Chunkytrout,

I'm sending you an email. We are going up Sunday morning and probably won't get there till noon.

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Moose, more than a dozen full-sized pickups hit the ice off the Passi Road last weeked or the weekend before (can't remember which one) for a little troutarama. They all parked near each other. No mishaps. About 16 inches of ice. All over Van Vac bay and the big bay to the west I got 14 inches in the last two weekends. There's virtually no snow on the ice, so these below zero nights are adding ice all the time. It was colder than -10 last night, with highs today about 10 above. Tonight low is -18. Thursday night low is -26, with Friday highs below zero. Friday night lows are about -30, and Saturday night lows are below zero too. This forecast is making ice, ice, ice. And not just at night. With no insulation on the ice, single-digit daytime temps are making ice as well.

If I go at all, I'll go Sunday, and I'll be leaving the sled at home and driving my full-sized Chev 1/2 ton or the smaller Rodeo SUV. But not close in to islands! How nice not to have to bump along on the sled in -20 getting there and getting back. Almost makes lakering seem a civilized obsession. grin.gif

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Moose,

I fished up around Crab Portage last weekend, there was around 14"of ice up there too. I will probably be driving out there in my truck this weekend, albeit cautiously. If you see a silver Dodge going through, that's me; and I'd appreciate some help at that point.

Cashcrews

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Cash, if you were fishing up there last Sunday, we probably saw you cruise by. Was that blood all over the ice up there from you guys?? grin.gif

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Chunky,

Maybe...but I've got a commitment down in Duluth at 5PM, and I've got President's day off...so perhaps I'll be up for the day on Monday.

Cashcrews

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

Ok now i just need to have a weekend they dont make me work overtime. I miss being a college kid in ely.

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