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OK, It's Official....I am Ice Fishing This Weekend Nov. 22nd!!!!

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Heading North this weekend!!!! Looks like the ice will be 4-6" on a few smaller lakes. So Pumped!!!! I will be excited to post my first ice fishing report before Thanksgiving!!!! Most of my buddies are saying I'm nuts, but I think they are jealous!

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Good luck just be careful and check the conditions well. Im going home before thanksgiving to get all of my gear up here to Duluth then im gonna try and find some ice!!!

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I hate you grin

On another note if someone is going icefishing this weekend we need to move the ice thread TO THE TOP!!!

250-300 viewers on the ice forum 10-15 in open water???

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Good luck and be safe, I would have to agree with your buddies on this one...

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I am heading to the Ely area. Check the Ely Forum and you can get up-to-speed on what is going on up there. I figure it is about 4 1/2 hour drive...but WELL worth it to me! Just went to the store and bought ice picks, and ice chisel. Going home after work to do inventory, get LED lights installed, and get things packed!

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I figure it is about 4 1/2 hour drive...but WELL worth it to me! d!

Yep. 4.5 hours are gonna pass no matter what. Where do you want to be after it has passed.

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You go girl and let us know how you made out.

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There was 2-5 inches on each of three small Ely area lakes when I tested them out on Tuesday, and it's been cold since, with lows in the single digits or around zero and highs in the teens. The next two nights it's supposed to get a bit below zero, with highs in the teens and then mid 20s on Saturday, with highs about at freezing on Sunday.

So 4-6 inches of ice on small area lakes this weekend is a reasonable assumption. Now, we all know that no ice is safe, so we take VERY close care.

That being said, let the ice fishing begin! I'd be out tomorrow if it weren't for the wind, which is supposed to ease off on Saturday. gringringrin

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hahhh I will be in waders on the river, both days this weekend grin Way more enjoyable than stinkin ice grin

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Geez, I though of going to the river with the boat.

There's still some open water time left. Boated a few fish tonight. But it sounds like ice time is in the very near future.

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crazy, the water is still pretty open here, its started to skim over but plenty of open water

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I'm going to try to get out on the eddy on the river later today, I walk out about 10 feet on wednesday and It seemed thin but it held me

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I'm going to try to get out on the eddy on the river later today, I walk out about 10 feet on wednesday and It seemed thin but it held me

Key words here..."seemed thin" sick

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The Minnesota river here in southern minnesota is far from freezing over, Im going duck hunting on it on Sat, Next weeks temps dont look that cold Im sure some lakes are good to go, but there is still a few weeks of open water fishing on the minnesota yet.

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Wish I could get out this weekend. I guess I will just have to make sure all my stuff is together and ready to go.

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Good luck on your ice fishing trip this weekend. Supply us with plenty of picturs. I am definitely jealous and wish I was going, but I have to start thinking different for the next week. I will be on a cruise in the western Caribbean over Thanksgiving week and will be 85 to 87 degrees everyday. I guess I can bite the bullet for a week until I get back. LOL

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Winterhaven...i will defineatly have pics and a report! I am also trying to figure out how to load video clips onto the HSOforum....my new phone lets me record two minutes at a time...so I am sure I will be asking for help so I can share some good clips!

IF ANYONE ELSE IS GOING TO BE OUT FISHING IN THE ELY AREA, let me know...i would love to be fishing close to someone since I will be running solo.

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OK....the ice fishing trip was GREAT this weekend!!!! Drove up to the Ely area on Saturday and met up with Steve Foss. We fished One Pine pretty hard that day. Ice was in great shape....5-7 inches of solid clear ice everywhere. The fishing was slow...i only landed a waldo and a few small pike. But being out on the hard water playing "fort" is what it is all about! Sunday Steve took me to another small lake to look for some waldos. We drilled about 60 holes and moved a ton. When the evening bite came through between 3:45- 5:30 we had about 5-6 bites...but all small besides the nice 15 incher Steve had caught on a tip-up earlier. I have a bunch of two minute clips I did on my phone. I am going to try and get something put together and on the site in the next day or two. Thanks again, Steve! It was a real pleasure to fish and learn a little bit about the area from you!

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