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Ice on Tonka….and snow

  • crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
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    #2162392

    we had ice covering portions of most of the larger bays and all of the smaller ones are 100% covered. A week ago the ice was 3-4″ thick and people were fishing on it (not me). I expect the warmer weather reduced some of that but somewhat surprisingly the ice didnt turn to open water. Now today, with this snowfall and the ensuing cold weather, i expect we will have crap ice in the metro for most of the year. Ive been walking around looking out the window, cursing the weather and Mrs. Crappie just keeps rolling her eyes

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
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    #2162396

    Definitely gonna be more snow here than they forecast too. Last night they said 2 inches by me and there’s already that much on the ground. Might be 6 or 7 by this afternoon.

    We are also still in an extreme drought so every rain drop or snowflake that falls is beneficial in the long run. Sucks for making ice this winter though.

    crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4806
    #2162398

    We are also still in an extreme drought so every rain drop or snowflake that falls is beneficial in the long run.

    Yeah ive been repeating that to myself today as the positive takeaway

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 6978
    #2162401

    Worrying is like a rocking chair, gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. There will be a long winter of ice fishing on Minnetonka.

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
    Posts: 7883
    #2162403

    Yeah ive been repeating that to myself today as the positive takeaway

    Tonka was down, what 18, 20 inches before it froze up?

    CaptainMusky
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    #2162412

    Wasnt there some knucklehead using his boat to break up the ice on Tonka just like yesterday?

    tim hurley
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    #2162506

    Looks bad now but ‘most of the year’ is a little much IMO-very cold weather will come, this snow will compact, blow away & melt some. The timing on the snow is terrible for setting up early ice but people will be driving out there in a month.

    Ron
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    Victoria, mn
    Posts: 692
    #2162557

    On the bright side, there will be fewer drunks and litterbugs trashing up one of the most violated lakes in the state. I’m not saying all ice fishermen are bad guys, I used to be one, and not all the trash is from fishermen. But the bad ones give all the rest a bad reputation.

    Ripjiggen
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    Posts: 5829
    #2162621

    I can guarantee it’s worse in the summer.

    Back to topic at hand. Prettty windy and cold today. Guessing some is getting blown off. It may not be as bad as you think.

    tonyholland00
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    Plymouth MN
    Posts: 89
    #2163893

    Any one know how Wayzata Bay is looking after these colder nights?

    Thanks

    MnPat1
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    Posts: 357
    #2163997

    Any one know how Wayzata Bay is looking after these colder nights?

    Thanks

    Not completely froze yet. I think the whole lake should be locked up by Wednesday. Lots of ducks and eagles on wayzata bay today.

    Richard Storm
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    #2164906

    Any one able to share reports on ice thickness? I assume people aren’t driving onto the ice yet, but are there locations [especially any in the south metro] where someone can walk out to fish?

    MnPat1
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    Posts: 357
    #2164935

    The main lake of Minnetonka finally iced over yesterday.
    Wayzata bay locked up the day before.

    bigcrappie
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    Blaine
    Posts: 3056
    #2164968

    Guys out on all most of the smaller bays, Big John on YouTube has posted some videos already of him out.

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