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Old 03-29-2010, 09:09 AM
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Another quad through the ice north of Thunder Bay. These conditions are completely unnatural and put the fear of god into me. I will not go out on the ice as I usually do this time of the year. Another warm week coming up. I'll bet April 14th as well for a lot of the lakes around here.

Originally Posted by Obabikon View Post
It's gonna be early guys! Rainy River has been open all the way to the lake for a while now. Ice is thin and slushy...

Lots of people are talking April 14 from what I've heard.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:31 PM
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I think the same question was asked last year but I don't remember seeing a response, has anyone been keeping track of the "ice out date" for a particular lake over the years or know where this data is?

I'm curious for SE lac seul, but I suspect any lake in the area will exrapolate. Just wondering if I can figure out if there is any correlation to ice out and how good the year is!
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:20 AM
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The cool weather late last week slowed melting down. The ice is still good but getting thinner, on our lake (Dryden area), though it has lifted, is ridging in places and starting to melt by the shore. I saw on the CKDR website yesterday, that a snowmachine went through the ice and the rider was lost, near Sioux Lookout (Lac Seul, I assume). We are still flying the ski plane on the ice, but this week may be the end of it. Should be no problem with ice on opener this year.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:30 AM
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Default Ice 30 inches pike 46 inches.


I was out at camp this weekend, still 30 inches of good ice.
took some time to fish.
My 7 yr old son Hayden caught a 46 inch pike
he has caught a lot 40 plus but this is hi biggest pike ever through the ice.
caught some walleye to eat of course.

still no way to be sure what date for ice out.
I will offer an educated guess of APRIL!!!! 25th give or take 3 days.
That is a good 2-3 weeks ahead of the average.
of course it all depends on the weather.

Oh while I'm bragging about my kids. Hayden won the big trophy at his hockey wind up and Seanna won the big trophy for most artistic and dedicated for figure skating.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:14 PM
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Ice is going quick. Though it is 18 inches in some places, by our house last night it was 12 1/2. Took the plane off the ice today and by the shore near the ramp, there was a little open water. A friend said he was on a trout lake today and the ice was only 7 inches. It is to the point, you have to pick your lakes to go on. Going to a semi-remote lake fishing tomorrow and am walking in, rather than taking the 4-wheeler.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:34 AM
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I took these shots this AM,the ice in front of my house is getting darker everyday & starting to move awy from the shoreline.
If the weather stays warm,I'm guessing a week to 10 days for ice out.
Very early 4 sure.This shud make for excellent fishing opening day.


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Old 04-01-2010, 11:43 AM
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I just talked to my neighbours father in law who is visiting from north of Winnipeg and he told me the red river in his town is a good 3 weeks ahead of normal break up.

I was on the ice at gullrock 2 days ago and we had 30 inches.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:34 AM
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I'm headed to Perrault Falls area last week of May. What are the likely affects of an early ice out around this time? After fishing in the cold and rain the last couple of years, It would be nice to be dry and have warmer than normal temps. Just don't want the fishing to suffer.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:17 AM
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Early ice out should indicate early spawn.

This year, the last week in may will probably be similar in fishing as the 2nd week in June (last year)
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:00 PM
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Here is a link to Minnesota's Official Ice Out Report: April 13th for LOTW

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