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Small ponds freezing up this week?

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Anyone been out this week on small pothole type water say 3-5 ft deep? Hunted a small pond last weekend and there were lots of ducks using the water. Hopefully it did not freeze up and boot the ducks out.

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i know some of the small ponds around the alexandria area are starting to freeze up last weekend and through the week. with the cold temps i'm assuming more will start to close up.

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I took my son out of school today for what we thought might be a last day on the ponds. Too prophetic I guess. All the small to medium ponds were locked up west of the cities--Belle Plaine. We tried to break ice but it was at least an inch.

Ended up on the Mn river. Not much going on.

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The medium and large sloughs were frozen over in SW Minnesota last Sunday morning. Only the lakes were ice free.

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everything up here is freezing over except for creeks, rivers and bigger lakes... not seeing any birds up here either so hopefully it stays a little open down there!

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i hunted rice lake in savage last night and the whole lake was frozen. we had to push the boat to break the ice and had to break out a landing strip for the ducks.

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Saw a 50 acre pond that is like 5 feet deep max with an inch of ice on it, and that was in south-central MN. Over the weekend saw a bunch of <100 acre lakes with 1/2".

Nights are getting cold....

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All the sloughs in SW MN are frozen over. A lot of ducks and geese on the ones that have some open water though!

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All the ponds that were frozen yesterday were opened up today, hopefully this keeps some birds around for the weekend.

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Yup, saw one slough open up in a matter of a couple hours....lots of deer hunters out this morning. They are talking about an overnight low of 36 where I'm at...If Friday is the same, things should be open by Saturday, question is, will birds be around?

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