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2017 ice/fish reports

  • glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1735351

    just a quick update on the horseshoe chain. last reports i heard was ice thickness varies greatly and most are avoiding the chain right now, same with rice lake, and last i heard……..2 days ago………..koronis was still mostly open!!!

    Bass Thumb
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    Royalton, MN
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    #1735466

    I’d steer clear of the Chain for now. Even the shallow bays have highly variable ice. 5 inches next to 2.5. Its full of cracks too.

    Sam
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    St.Francis
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    #1735538

    I’m hoping to get up there this year for some iced catfish do people drive out or is the atv recommended

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1735731

    that truely depends on when you decide to come up if you use an ATV or drive out. AND where you go. your better off asking closer to when you head this way. right now i wouldnt trust a wheeler.

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1736543

    there where a few people out fishing on the chain………..not many. i did see one wheeler…….the rest walked.

    tim hurley
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    #1737126

    how far do you have to walk to get to a good area?

    glenn57
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    #1737179

    not sure what you define as the good area, but from what i seen they were going off the winter access. some where in the bay, some where around what i believe is called dog island and others where around the point. there was noone near the meth hole. i did not drive around krons bay! there was no activity on cedar island side access except a spear shack. just beyond the acceccess in that small bay that butts up to the road there where quite a few out there, best i know is they fish panfish there but are small!

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1738682

    my granddaughter, her boyfriend and a friend of there’s where out on big lake near the chain……….said there was a foot of ice. this was last nite. 12-26.

    oh and only 3 crappies!!!!!!!!

    Bass Thumb
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    Royalton, MN
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    #1739212

    I’m seeing vehicles parking on the ice near the Winter Access. Seems a little premature, but they’re still above water.

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1739619

    i drove by the chain Thursday early afternoon and didn’t see that, all where parked on the shoulder, but that was about 2 pm. i agree bass thumb!!!!

    Stanley
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    #1742587

    Does anyone know if the ice is safe enough to drive out to the meth hole towing a 8×17 ice castle? Looking for a place to fish this weekend with my son and a buddy and his son and thought that trying for some cats might be fun.

    glenn57
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    #1742662

    I drove by the chain this past Saturday afternoon and seen no activity near the meth hole.. there where vehicles with big houses other places. I don’t know how much ice is out there.

    NPgolfer
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    #1751376

    How much ice is out on the main channel?

    glenn57
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    #1751459

    Haven’t been on the chain in a while. There is plenty of ice for vehicles, but your reference to the main channel has me confused.

    Main channel, I think of the river, I’d never go near that.

    NPgolfer
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    #1751544

    Sorry glenn57, I meant “Meth Hole”…

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1751671

    There were vehicles around that area fishing Sunday afternoon with good size houses. Just need to know where and where not to go.

    Bass Thumb
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    Royalton, MN
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    #1756378

    There’s a ton of ice out there now. Still don’t want to drive near the Meth Hole or any areas along the river.

    glenn57
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    cold spring mn
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    #1762492

    the winter landings really took a beating from yesterday. i couldn’t believe there was 3-4 vehicles out yesterday much less one out today. the river had at least twice the open water today then yesterday. there where a few that used wheelers to go out.

    Bass Thumb
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    Royalton, MN
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    #1763826

    I heard there were a few trucks out yesterday. I can’t imagine the ice integrity is any good at the accesses. It doesn’t matter how thick it is in the middle. The weakest link breaks the chain.

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