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How will the later ice out this year in the area affect the walleye during opener? Will they still be done spawning by then or will it set the normal fish activity behind a couple of weeks?

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It the weather continues on like this, the walleyes will most likely be spawning by the end of next week. Barring a major cold front in the next couple of weeks, things are shaping up to be a fairly normal opener.

I wouldn't call this a "later" ice out by any means. I'd be surprised if the ice is not out on Detroit by the end of the weekend. If you use Big and Little Detroit as a general reference for area lakes, we are pretty close to an "average" year.

With 111 years of data, the average ice out date for Detroit is tomorrow (4/19). The earliest ice out was on March 23, 1910. the latest ice out was on May 19, 1908.

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down here in Long Prairie lakes are almost all open...some longer narrow lakes are open.

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    • woody1975
      Both are correct - New Ulm!   DL
    • MinDak Hunter
      The ice was very crystallized last night but still 20+ inches.
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    • BrianF
      Drifter, I hope you are right about having more open water than ice.  Was looking more closely at the average ice out dates maintained by the DNR. The avg dates for the lakes that dot the southern most part of the state are approximately one month ahead of the lakes that dot the northern part of the state like Burnt, Kab, and Vermilion.  As of this morning, none of those lakes in the southern part of the state are ice out.  Are we still a month away from open water on V then?  God I hope not, but the math isn’t helping me feel confident. 
    • meerkat
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    • kelly-p
      "Kelly looks like you need an extension for your dock."   But I don't think I have to worry about any boats hitting it.    It should be an interesting Opener.
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    • Surface Tension
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    • AlwaysFishing23
      Well you learn something new every day! I always thought it was mad made. Makes sense now why it formed now.
    • Surface Tension
      Drove through last week and noticed the ditches didn't have much water compared to other years. Kelly looks like you need an extension for your dock.