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Anyone ever ice fished from Dales before? Wondering what kind of an operation he runs in the winter...i.e. does he have sleepers, daytime houses, bring your own house/portable, and does he plow roads out?

Any info would be appreciated.

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Dale's a great guy and you can't go wrong staying up there. He generally has a road plowed out to the crappie spot but as of a few weeks ago he did not due to the lack of ice. He doesn't have houses for rent so bring your portable. There are generally only a couple permanent houses out there and describing them as "permanent" is probably generous! If you're after crappies the later in the season the better.

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What? Our crappies aren't big enough for ya around here. grin.gif. Or are you just trying to find a lake that actually holds walleyes. tongue.gif Besides, you have a new kid, she ain't going to let you take off and leave her, is she? If she is, does she have a rich sister that is looking to get married grin.gif

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She being my wife you mean??? If she is my wife, then SHE doesn't have anything to say about it! shocked.gifgrin.gif Just kidding! Not true! grin.gif

My wife was actually going to let me go to URL about a month ago, and I had a reservation all set up, but then I got sick for 5 working days and didn't have enough leave for the extra 2 vacation days (was scheduled to take a Thurs. and Fri. off).

My trip to Rainy in the winter would likely be next year. I got an e-mail back from Dale today. He said they do have day houses to fish from, but added that most people bring their own portables. They didn't plow a road this year, ice/lake just isn't good enough for it this year.

I'm REALLY thinking hard about going next year though. Son will be 3 1/2 and daughter will be 1 1/2, so they should be fairly "independent" and easy to take care of by then. Maybe I'll take my wife with me for 3 or 4 days and have grandma/grandpa watch the kids! smirk.gif

Dale said the best time to come up is in March. He said crappie and walleye are both going strong that time of year. I'm going to talk to him about it in more detail when we get there in July. Maybe make my reservation at that time to do some ice fishing. We've been going there for about 25 years now, but have never ice fished up there. That needs to change!

Thanks for the replies.

Oh yeah, to answer your question...if "she" is my wife, nope, only one brother. And they're not rich either, at least not that I know of (maybe they don't want me to know) tongue.gif

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