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Metro Ice

  • DaveB
    Participant
    Eagan MN
    Posts: 4126
    #2163823

    Any lakes around the city ready or close? I was hoping to get out this week.

    I am hearing that Crystal has 2-5″, that isnt pretty marginal for my comfort level. I can do some driving around to check things out, but has anyone seen activity on the popular lakes?

    BigWerm
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    SW Metro
    Posts: 6978
    #2163833

    Haven’t been by the popular lakes by me in the SW metro, but did venture out on a pond this weekend while hunting and quickly backed off of it. More cracking than I was comfortable with.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
    Posts: 7180
    #2163841

    I was going to check a 6 acre pond near me that was safe before the warm up a week ago and hoping it’s safe after this cold stretch. But one of my girls woke up with a fever and had to stay home from school, so no fishing for me today. Probably won’t get on the ice until Red this weekend.

    Angler II
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    Posts: 490
    #2163846

    Haven’t been by the popular lakes by me in the SW metro, but did venture out on a pond this weekend while hunting and quickly backed off of it. More cracking than I was comfortable with.

    Haven’t been by the popular lakes by me in the SW metro, but did venture out on a pond this weekend while hunting and quickly backed off of it. More cracking than I was comfortable with.

    I had the same thing while pheasant hunting this weekend. Ice was sketchy at best.

    Wildlifeguy
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    Posts: 128
    #2163906

    Saw a couple folks out on the pond next to 35W in Roseville. They looked dry anyway.

    DaveB
    Participant
    Eagan MN
    Posts: 4126
    #2163922

    Saw a couple folks out on the pond next to 35W in Roseville. They looked dry anyway.

    Well, that is a good start!!!

    John Rasmussen
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    Blaine
    Posts: 2443
    #2163925

    There was a guy on Diamond lake about 20 yards from the launch when I drove by to hit Cabelas.

    tim hurley
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    Posts: 4280
    #2163935

    I might go this weekend just outside of the metro-hoping it has been a little colder and maybe less snow, metro got more than the surrounding areas, snow of course is no friend to ice.

    Ripjiggen
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    Posts: 5829
    #2163939

    Checked a lake south metro this weekend. Nobody was on it. First step broke through. I didn’t keep walking. Snow is blowing off most lakes though.

    welliou
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    Posts: 86
    #2163940

    Saturday I saw a portable on the south end of Medicine.

    fishthumper
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    Sartell, MN.
    Posts: 6866
    #2163974

    Cant speak for the Metro. But the activity here in my area has really picked up in the last week. lakes were really making ice here in the last few days !!!

    crappie55369
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    Mound, MN
    Posts: 4806
    #2163989

    lots of people fishing the small bays of tonka right now. the big bays have a ways to go yet. some of them still have open water on portions.

    havent checked the ice conditions myself yet. Ill probably take a spud out tonight and report back on thickness

    mojo
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    Posts: 315
    #2163992

    I’ve seen a few individuals on Demontreville occasionally over the last week. One guy out there again today.

    tim hurley
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    Posts: 4280
    #2164026

    I’m going NW toward FThumper. Keep reporting.

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10355
    #2164027

    Ice fisherman on every lake around me. The kid and I snuck out last night on a small local lake

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    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10355
    #2164030

    Decent crappie

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    Carter Johnson
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    Anoka County
    Posts: 1077
    #2164033

    Damn bearcat nice haul! How much ice were you seeing?

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10355
    #2164035

    Damn bearcat nice haul! How much ice were you seeing?

    Some lakes 2 the one we were on was 5. But it’s small and pretty much snow free after the winds

    Carter Johnson
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    Anoka County
    Posts: 1077
    #2164040

    Thanks! I have a handful of small lakes around me that I havnt had a chance to check yet that should be close if not walkable already.

    broeker
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    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts: 186
    #2164102

    Both Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska (and guessing Isles/Cedar also) are frozen over as of Sunday morning (on Friday, Harriet was still almost all open.) I walked out about 15′ on Bde Maka Ska before it started cracking around me so still super sketchy but hopefully it won’t be long.

    tim hurley
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    Posts: 4280
    #2164323

    Bde is always VERY late to freeze.

    broeker
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    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts: 186
    #2164602

    Official first sighting of a brave soul out in a hub on Lake Harriet tonight! I didn’t walk out to see how thick the ice was but that is an encouraging sign for the weekend.

    olas88
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    Posts: 272
    #2164700

    Single digit temps overnight the last few nights have helped a lot I would assume.

    queenswake
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    NULL
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    #2164805

    Nice to have good ice so early this year. So many years we don’t have it over Christmas break when many of us have a lot of time off to go out. Just have to hope that we don’t get a warm spell and have to start all over again.

    DaveB
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    Eagan MN
    Posts: 4126
    #2164809

    I saw Waconia’s In Towne Marina posting 2-8″ of ice and due to thin spots, they have chosen to remain closed for this weekend

    gimruis
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    Plymouth, MN
    Posts: 7883
    #2164876

    I am seeing 30’s this weekend followed by a potential sizable storm next Tues/Wed which could be a mix of rain/snow.

    broeker
    Participant
    Minneapolis, MN
    Posts: 186
    #2165318

    I finally got out tonight on the Chain of Lakes and it was exactly 4.25″ in most spots I drilled. With lows just below ~30 for the next week I’m hoping it all holds…looks like some nice night time lows starting about one week from today.

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
    Posts: 10355
    #2165334

    I am seeing 30’s this weekend followed by a potential sizable storm next Tues/Wed which could be a mix of rain/snow.

    You don’t ice fish. Stay out of it. Lol if we wanted a weather girl we’d turn on channel 11

    olas88
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    Posts: 272
    #2165362

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>gimruis wrote:</div>
    I am seeing 30’s this weekend followed by a potential sizable storm next Tues/Wed which could be a mix of rain/snow.

    You don’t ice fish. Stay out of it. Lol if we wanted a weather girl we’d turn on channel 11

    rotflol

    tim hurley
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    Posts: 4280
    #2165549

    It could stay this temp all winter, mostly I walk out and when people start driving the bite gets very slow anyway.

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