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Adam NWI

Waubay/ Bitter Ice Reports

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I'm hoping to get one last trip out this weekend before I put the permanent away for the season.  Does anyone know how the accesses are for the Waubay/ Bitter area?  Will they still hold up for a 1/2 ton truck and 21' permanent shack?  I haven't made it up that far yet this year, so I don't really know how it's been and the last couple weeks have been pretty warm.

 

Otherwise, does anyone have any other suggestions?  I'm not limited to just South Dakota.  I need to get my Minnesota fishing license renewed anyways if that's the direction I gotta go to find safe ice.

 

Thanks in advance for the help!

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... Probably not worth chancing with the wheel house. We have had a few lakes in east central SD that have had close calls and break throughs. Landings are not going to be good with 40s and 50s through the week.

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Lots of safe ice in N.D. The warm weather isnt hurting the ice in N.D. It freezes up every night so the ice is still good.

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13 minutes ago, rl_sd said:

... Probably not worth chancing with the wheel house. We have had a few lakes in east central SD that have had close calls and break throughs. Landings are not going to be good with 40s and 50s through the week.

Thanks for the info, that's what I was afraid of.

13 minutes ago, 1lessdog said:

Lots of safe ice in N.D. The warm weather isnt hurting the ice in N.D. It freezes up every night so the ice is still good.

I've never made it up to North Dakota fishing.  Do you have any recommendations other than Devils Lake?  That's a good 7 1/2 hours for me or longer with the wheelhouse.  Anything further south from there?

 

Otherwise is Mille Lacs still ok in Minnesota?

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Mille Lacs is hot now if your not interested in eating!!

 

If you want to catch a lot with the potential of catching a wall mounter, I would go to Mille Lacs.

 

I'm headed up there this weekend with the kids, Plenty of ice just stay away from cracks and pressure ridges.

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46 minutes ago, fishinfan said:

Mille Lacs is hot now if your not interested in eating!!

 

If you want to catch a lot with the potential of catching a wall mounter, I would go to Mille Lacs.

 

I'm headed up there this weekend with the kids, Plenty of ice just stay away from cracks and pressure ridges.

Sounds good, thanks for the heads up!  I look forward to the day when my girls are old enough to come fishing with me, but till then I'll enjoy the weekend with my buddies.

 

I've never been to Mille Lacs before.  Any recommendation on where to get on or any local bait shop that could point out the trouble areas to us?

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42 minutes ago, Adam NWI said:

Sounds good, thanks for the heads up!  I look forward to the day when my girls are old enough to come fishing with me, but till then I'll enjoy the weekend with my buddies.

 

I've never been to Mille Lacs before.  Any recommendation on where to get on or any local bait shop that could point out the trouble areas to us?

Everyone will always tell you the Flats are where to go.

 

I however have been going out of Lybacks. He has a pressure ridge out about 2 miles but the big hogs are being caught in shallow anyway. Eddy also has some of the most well maintained roads and I believe is the safest resort on the lake. Some people may not agree with him, but I always know I am safe when I go out on the lake.

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Thanks! I was reading his fishing report earlier.

 

Is he ok with people taking their own wheelhouses out of his access?  I sure wouldn't mind paying a fee to use roads he goes out of his way to maintain.

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1 hour ago, Adam NWI said:

Thanks! I was reading his fishing report earlier.

 

Is he ok with people taking their own wheelhouses out of his access?  I sure wouldn't mind paying a fee to use roads he goes out of his way to maintain.

 

No problem at all, wheel houses go out all the time. he charges a rate and just requests you keep the speed down and respect his rules and other fisherman on the lake.

 

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That's great!  I really appreciate the info.  Maybe we'll meet you out there!

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Your best bet is to call Sportsman Cove up in Webster when the weekend gets a bit closer. They are always pretty honest with their assessments, especially when it comes to safety.

 

605-345-2468

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got off big stone yesterday. ice not good. areas of open water from springs are opening up. access won't make the wekend. go north!

 

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