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any words of wisdom on the lake as of yet?

been pretty quiet on the site so far, i was thinking of throwing some flags out this week. comments?


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good luck keeping the holes open -20 to -30 this weekend. have not heard much about the lake this year, but it is a good one for some gators. have you seen anyone fishing it this year, i have not been out that way much this year.

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    • nofishfisherman
      The cost is for sure starting to get up there.  I've been wanting to take the kids but I just can't justify the cost for a weekend of fishing.  All of ice fishing trips end up being guys trips where we all split the costs, then it doesn't end up being that bad.  I'm guessing the bulk of the groups that outfitters service are groups of guys splitting the costs and that is partly what drives their pricing.  If they were pricing the houses and services with families of 4 in mind they likely wouldn't be able to charge nearly as much.    I can't fault the resorts as they are pricing based on what the majority of their clientele are.  Very few resorts are out there getting rich regardless.  I do however think hundreds of dollars a night for a single room shack with plywood bunk beds is a bit crazy when you really think about it. I pay less per night when staying in high end hotels in down town Minneapolis.  
    • DWBMontana
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    • fishingMN4eyes
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    • gunner55
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    • bassbouncer
      Still waiting for the fire marshal to determine cause. They are working on a plan but can’t knock it down until the fire marshal lets them
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    • cookie129
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