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Ok here we go again when will first Ice be??????????

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I think it would be fun to just guess when we might get first ice. lets go with,"lake of the woods" whats your guess? I'm going with Dec 13th. Whats your guess???????

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Cool summer, I'm guessing earlier ... Nov 30.

East Central Lakes guessing Dec 21st.

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I fished last year on Dec.10th and like the other guy said,cool summer, lower than average water temps....I'm shooting for a week earlier this year, around the 1st week in Dec. !!!

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I would guess on LOW, it will be the 1st week of Dec. also. The water temps are quite lower than last year at this time and I am expecting a cooler fall, being that the summer was so cool.

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Last year in ND i was on the lakes here the week after thanksgiving. It feels like the nights are really cooling off now. Maybe the last weekend in Nov the bays will be frozen.

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They are predicting temps in the 40's Saturday night here in Ottertail county. Makes me think ice can not be that far away?

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First day on the ice last year was Dec 7th..107 days to go.

I need to get my porty mods done !!!!!

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Dec 7th was my first day on the ice last year as well. I think the last 3 or 4 yrs it's been the first weekend in Dec. It won't be long now, but I still need to get out on the open water some more smirk

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Hope the ice is good enough to cross Pine Island by the 12th. First trip then. Some years we drive 1/2 ton trucks, and some wheelers, and a few we just walked out from Wheelers point and had to fish the bay!

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LOW I say Dec 1st, however; in the metro, tonight after work in my cocktail grin but hopefully for fishing 2nd week of december

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Wow - I had to move a picture out of the way to see that portion of the calendar - I am thinking the weekend of Nov 29th for 2 to 3" of fishable ice in a small bay on a smaller lake in South Central Minnesota

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I think this year will be different I think there will be ice on LOW on Nov 15 and around the east central area Nov 18 because winter held on so long last year and its been cool this summer and I see in canada there already having lows in the mid 30's just my perdiction grin but i dont care I cant wait for fall walleyes

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hey Zoom ... what is the price for the winner? I'll take free lodging in a permanent for 3-5 days on LOW :-)

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elwood yur a little early I'm gonna say i'm steppin on two inches dec 4th

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I guess it was just a wish. besides I was walking on the lake I live near nov30th and that is south of mille lacs and was spearing on the 2nd of december its never to early in my world laugh

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Last year I walked on some very thin ice near my house at the end of November and I live pretty far south. I will be optimistic and say November 27.

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