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Local report on Aitkin area?

  • Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
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    #2162851

    I really hate to be “that guy” to ask about the ice, but I’m 6 hours away and it’s hard to throw rocks onto the ice, from that distance.

    I’d like to drive up and visit some non-fishing folks I know in the area. It would be nice to schedule so I could get a line wet while there.

    That said,,,,,,,,,,, How thick is the ice? grin

    TH
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    Posts: 188
    #2162874

    I can’t give you an official report on thickness. I live on Serpent Lake and it froze over last night. It is a deeper lake that takes a bit longer than the shallower ones. Give it a few days and you’ll be fine. It looks like a cold snap coming. By next weekend it will be fine.

    Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
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    #2162893

    Thanks,

    Nodakk
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    Posts: 260
    #2162922

    Most smaller lakes around Brainerd have been froze up for a week or so. Looks like Gull froze over last night from the spots I’ve seen.

    Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
    Posts: 2549
    #2162925

    Thanks to you as well, most helpful.

    On a side note; Some guys are getting out on smaller ponds around here, here being 330 miles south of Aitkin.

    Ripjiggen
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    #2162927

    Have a place just south of Aitkin. Bay was froze over last week. Lake is capped now.

    Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
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    #2162936

    Thanks
    I’m hoping for about 5 inches so I can drive an ATV out. I also need to check the weather forecast.

    tegg
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    Hudson, Wi/Aitkin Co
    Posts: 1450
    #2162964

    Not Aitkin but I just got a report that there was some ice fishing on some smaller lakes in Carlton Co. When I drove through on Nov 20 Moose Lake was locked up and Sand Lake was partially covered (10 days ago).

    I have to believe there is walkable ice to be found. Not sure about ATVs.

    Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
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    #2163025

    I have to believe there is walkable ice to be found. Not sure about ATVs.

    I did just check the ten day forecast and it is favorable for making ice. Not down to single digits but not above freezing either.

    Thanks for the info.

    Hydro
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    Posts: 26
    #2163081

    Drove around North Long and Round lakes just north of Brainerd. There was 5 different groups out on N Long on the 371 bay. One group had parked their truck and trailer on the ice about 10 yards out. Round lake had 3 groups out from the access on the shoreline break. All had walked out.

    AK Guy
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    #2163094

    Drove around North Long and Round lakes just north of Brainerd. There was 5 different groups out on N Long on the 371 bay. One group had parked their truck and trailer on the ice about 10 yards out. Round lake had 3 groups out from the access on the shoreline break. All had walked out.

    I saw the same group. There is one permanent house on North Long 371 bay, and there was an ATV out as well. Little early for me.

    Ripjiggen
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    #2163142

    Will be full bore by next weekend up there I would guess.

    Nodakk
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    Posts: 260
    #2163185

    People have been fishing N Long for 2 weeks now. First group I saw was the Monday of thanksgiving week.

    Reed Moormeier
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    Chaska, MN
    Posts: 32
    #2169663

    Anyone been out on Big Sandy, wonderin how the ice is and how bad the slush is, I’m not going out unless I drive my Commander out.

    dbright
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    Cambridge
    Posts: 1604
    #2169722

    Anyone been out on Big Sandy, wonderin how the ice is and how bad the slush is, I’m not going out unless I drive my Commander out.

    drifts are bad but sounds like the slush is starting to freeze up

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