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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I hit a 400ish acre West Metro lake Sunday that had around 18" of ice at it's peak. Everywhere I drilled yesterday had 6"-8", plus there was a big crack running from the west shore 3/4 of the way across the main basin. The crack was anywhere from 2" to 3' wide with open water. There were lots of spots along the shorelines that were either open or had capped back over with 1/2"-1" of weak ice as well. There were numerous areas where the ice had honeycombed also, although the cool weekend seemed to firm those areas back up.

Moral of the story, if you haven't been keeping tabs on ice conditions on your favorite lakes, use extreme caution or just don't go. Condtions were even worse than I anticipated. I certainly won't be stepping foot on that particular body of water for the rest of the winter. Depending on what happens with the long term forecast, I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of metro lakes are ice free by mid March.

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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I may try it this weekend in the shallows there.


FWIW, last Sunday I caught panfish in 3-5 fow near standing weeds.

Posted on: 2/23 22:08:21
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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Thanks for the info. I figured Tonka, Waco, Prior, WBL, and the other bigger lakes probably held up better than the smaller lakes. It's looking good for minimal snow and a few days of cooler weather. I doubt we'll be fishing around here through most of March like usual, but we may get a couple more weeks if we're lucky!

Posted on: 2/23 21:57:40
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Re: Lake Minnetonka Fish Kill
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I saw that a few days ago. The picture in the article looks like its all carp. Can anyone confirm if other species were effected?

Posted on: 2/22 22:45:42
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I took a look at 3 lakes in the SW Metro this afternoon. 2 of the lakes looked terrible, I looked like it "might" be ok.

The two that looked the worst were around 200-250 acres. The access was toast at both, the ice looked like it was already getting rotten, and there were multiple spots where the shorline ice had pulled out 5 to 10 feet. One of the lakes had about a 30x30 area of open water where I assume the most runoff entered the lake. There were a couple geese in there.

The third lake was around 300 acres. The access was still in decent shape and there were surprisingly few areas of dark ice. The lake has a creek entering and exiting it and those areas had open water maybe 20 feet out from shore. There were a few other areas on the north side where the shoreline had pulled a few feet out but overall it looked decent.

The problem as I see it is the 6"-8" of snow forecasted for Friday. It will make it impossible to see any sketchy areas, plus it will probably insulate the ice enough that the cold weekend temps won't really firm things back up very much. Then we're back in the 40's next week for temps. Unless something changes drastically with the extended forecast I think I'm gonna stick a fork in my metro ice fishing for this year. I usually take a fair amount of calculated risks on the ice, but from what I saw it just doesn't look worth it to push it.

For what it's worth, I'd guess the ice held up better on the larger bodies of water, but most of those have either springs or areas with current. If I have time I may take a look at Waconia on Friday and post an update.

Posted on: 2/22 18:16:17
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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Anyone get a look at any accesses/shorelines around the metro today?

Posted on: 2/21 21:20:29
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I guess it could be worse considering all of my fishing has been done in the metro area since early December this winter. Usually I run north 4-5 times but its been good enough around here that I figured I'd save some gas money and some time. Looks like that's all about to change.
. Another option to maybe ponder,,,,,,lots of 2-400 acre lakes with public access not far off I 35&hwy 73 moose lake,Barnum,Cromwell areas,hwy 53 pike lake to cotton. Can't say much about walleye but the panfish and pike bites have been fairly good and should pick up with the melt. And @ 4-5 hrs closer.


Thanks for the heads up. Thats about the same latitude I plan on fishing, but I've never fished that area so I wouldn't even know where to start. I know of a few lakes west of there that should have some bull gills and slab crappies going. I just need to try to lay off the BEERS Friday night so I can get an early start Saturday morning LOL.

Posted on: 2/20 21:59:24
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I didn't get a chance to drive by any lakes this evening but based on how much rain we got and the temps for the next few days it looks like I'm gonna have to make a run up north this weekend. I'm not even close to ready to give up on ice fishing yet.

I guess it could be worse considering all of my fishing has been done in the metro area since early December this winter. Usually I run north 4-5 times but its been good enough around here that I figured I'd save some gas money and some time. Looks like that's all about to change.

Hoping to hear a local ice report or two if anyone goes poking around in the next day or two.

Posted on: 2/20 21:08:27
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Re: Current Metro Ice Conditions
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I think you'll be ok tomorrow. I'm more concerned about the rain and if we get any significant wind in the next few days. I have a feeling conditions will have changed a lot by Wednesday or Thursday. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted on: 2/19 21:39:18
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Re: Looking to do some shore fishing
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If you're up for a longer walk or a bike ride you can park in Fort Snelling park (fee to park I think, been awhile) and take the path out to Pike Island. Fishing around the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota should start getting good over the next month or so.

Raspberry Island in St. Paul can be ok too as long as the water isn't too high.

Posted on: 2/19 20:58:53
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