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B@ssDoctor

Anyboday still driving on Belle/MB?

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B@ssDoctor

I have not been out in a week, and I have no clue how the ice looks (except from the highway). Wondering if anyone can give a brief ice report...

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eyepatrol

Although I went to Erie Saturday, I didn't see a soul on Belle from the road where the turn to Erie is. Haven't fished Belle either, but Erie had a good 24" of ice. I'd think Belle would be similar.

Not sure what the launches are like now though. They might be good enough yet.

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Farley

Lots of water on top of the ice. I drove by Waconia on my way home yesterday and you could barely tell the lake was frozen.

Was out on Clearwater last weekend and it was pretty sloppy, you need 4 wheel drive for sure out there. Dont know about any of the lakes south of HWY 12 though.

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ktjig

I would not drive on Washington with a vehicle at this time. Lots of moving water.

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B@ssDoctor

Ice was fine on Belle last night. With the colder nighttime temps, it should only get better throuout the weekend. Last night leaving the lake the water/slush was starting to firm up. Ice was still in the 20's..

I would like to give you a fishing report, but I can't cuz I was the only one on the lake last night...... wink.gif

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lindylittlejim

soo the fishing report was???? Was thinking of heading out there one day this weekend. Is it worth it?

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B@ssDoctor

The late afternoon bite was better than at night. 22 feet of water. IMO opinion, I would go shallower than this next time, since most of the fish came through in schools prior to the "power hour". I can only imagine they were making there way in shallower. Maybe 16-18 feet?

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lindylittlejim

any size to the crappies? I was out there a time or 2 early ice and caught all dinks...7-8". Its that time of the year now the big boys start feeding. Thanks for any info.

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B@ssDoctor

Most were on the small side. Couple other mixed in. You would pull a couple out of the hole and then move on to the next.

No it wasn't like in the past for big ones. I am quite sure we will not see that for a couple of more years... mad.gif

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