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Hey fellas --

I am going to put my perm. house on a lake that was 8 inches of GREAT clear ice but NO SNOW.

It is about 1,000 pounds and I have no fear about that amount of ice.

BUT THERE IS NO SNOW !!!!!

That is usually a good thing but I can't bank it up.. I guess I can leave it flush on the ice when I am fishing just to keep the wind out but what about when I leave? I was planning on putting it on blocks over night, but will it blow away without any snow holding it down?

The ice is as smooth as a skating rink.

Any thoughts?

What does a guy do without snow -- bankets along the sides?

thoughts?

Love the great ice but -- we need some snow too.

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Come down here to kato, we have plenty of snow! Only problem is we didn't have good ice before the snow. I wish we had your problem!

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When my Dad was still with us he had a fairly light aluminum spear house he put out on 10 mile...he used to drill a hole on outside of two corners and put helix earth anchors in the hole and let them freeze in and then tied the house to them. Of course that is just one more thing to chop out when it comes time to move.

And yep he put blankets on the ice

I was fortunate enough that I did put mine right down on the ice but was able to get enough buckets from along shore to bank it a bit... hopefully it will snow the next couple of days a bit anyway

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Drill the holes and set the house down on the slush. This will keep the wind out and the house will stay put.

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I dont know how much of a area you are banking but with our portables we drill extra holes out side and scoop the slush from the extra holes to bank the houses.

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1000 lb fish shouldnt blow away.if the wind cant blow your 4 wheeler around it wont blow your perm around.its always a good idea to block up a perm anyway other wise it could freeze down then you have a problem.just my 2 cents worth

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Do you have enough room in the holes in your fish house floor to fit a 5 gallon bucket?

This is what I used to do in a permanent I used to have on Mille Lacs when there was no snow for banking-

-Take 5 gallon buckets and cut the bottoms out.

-Take a 2 foot by 2 foot piece of carpet and cut out a hole the size of the 5 gallon bucket.

-Slide the bucket thru the carpet piece.

-place bucket in fishhouse hole down to the ice and adjust the carpet to match the floor level to seal out the outside wind.

Keeps the holes from freezing and keeps the wind and cold out pretty well. When done they stack together nicely and store under the bed. Cheap and easy.

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    •     I guess when I made that statement I was wrongly assuming it would be much colder than that. In that case, it should be a nice October game just like a couple years ago at TCF. 
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    • Finally made it to morson over the weekend.  Fishing didn't go as planned it was extremely cold on Saturday. Ended up with a epic stuck Saturday morning it was 31 below zero when i found some major water . I was pulling my alumalite fishouse on the way to go crappie fishing  I had to jack fishouse out of the water and set it on blocks. I then packed the slush down with my widetrak  i even used my trail groomer to pack it down. I let it sit tell Sunday afternoon to freeze down.
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    •     Ice fishing in Wisconsin can be a challenge at times. Catching walleyes is not always an easy task either. We had some crazy weather leading up to this weekend, it was -20 degrees for a solid week and a half, followed by 2-3 days of mid 30s and pushing 40 plus some rain, then we went right back down to -20 degrees.   This made for a challenge fishing tip ups this morning. I’ve got some new hole covers for my Finicky Foolers, which do work great as I’ve used them before, but unfortunately with no snow cover I made the mistake of not setting them right away and forming slush to the cover. Lesson learned. I did get a bit lucky catching that walleye as I thought it would have dropped the minnow with the line being froze.   The first fish I caught was definitely a surprise, a species I have never caught through the ice before, although I have heard they are fairly common to catch out on this lake. Still was hoping it was a giant walleye, but fun nonetheless!   With the cold we weren’t really planning on moving much. We would mark fish every 10 minutes or so but many of them were tight lipped. We did manage a couple more fish jigging, which were some good sized crappie and perch!   Overall I did end up accomplishing the goal of catching a slot walleye out here, so can’t complain.   I will be out on Petenwell Lake more times this winter!
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