Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
WallyGader

Time on the Lake

24 posts in this topic

I was curious to see how much time everyone spends on the hard water every week. How many days a week, and how many hours at a time (on average). Also, how far do you have to drive to get to your favorite lake, or lakes you typically fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am limited to 1 day a week, averaging around 4 hours. I only have to drive 10 min to the lakes though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm on the ice 2to3 days week and about 10to15 hours a day. Buck killer on the other hand is out 5 to 7 days a weeks and 12 to 24 hours a day or more it just depends on how he feels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I only get holidays and weekends, so far counts 20 days on avg 10 hours a day. Heading out here shortly for trip 21.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 day a week at a 5-6 hour average. 6-15 minutes travel time depending on the lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm a pipelayer and get laid off every winter. 6-7 days a week on the ice, 4-24 hours a day. Nearest lake (Balsam) is 1 mile away, with another 15 fishable lakes within ten miles!

I might be a little spoiled smile My fiance thinks I'm going to start growing fins and gills!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I probably average about once per week. I would fish more, but I have a wife, kids in activities, etc, etc. It takes me an average of 30 minutes to get to most fishable lakes in my area. I try to fish for 6 -8 hours or more if the schedule allows. Sometimes it's just me. Sometimes the kids are along. And if I can arrange it with my goofy schedule I occasionally can hook up with a buddy. In a perfect world I could probably fish every day...

~piker

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a seasonal business spring through fall so when winter comes it's play time. Snowmobiling and ice fishing is what I love to do. I live on a lake so I'm out probably every other day on average. Plus I take the portable out to different area lakes about twice per week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I get out about twice per week, for about 6 - 8 hours per trip. I live less than 1 mile from Minnetonka, so my travel time is only a few minutes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Usually 2 or 3 times a week, 3 to 6 hours each time and anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes traveling time. I work 4 days on and 4 days off so I get to hit lakes on week days and avoid the crowds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3-5 times a week, usually 5-6 hrs on weekdays and 10-12 on week ends. 43 trips so far this year to 17 differnt lakes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am limited to 1 day a week, averaging around 4 hours. I only have to drive 10 min to the lakes though.

That pretty much sums up my ice time as well. Some days I get more time though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

depends on the work schedule some weeks its no fishing other weeks it 4-6 days on the ice with 4-12 hrs just depends

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Average 5 days a week with hours ranging from 1 to 24 hours. 220 mile drive to my perm and have gone to low once and mille lacs twice this year. Probably another 15 to 20 lakes within an hour drive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Usally 3-5 times a week and usally the bite dictates how long I stay on a lake, but usally 3 plus hrs. I am forunate that I live only 5 minutes from the Horseshoe chain of lakes IMO the best Multi species fishery in the state.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i try to get out there a couple times a week. usually for 4+ hours i try to go where the fish are, i live by quite a few different lake so i just stop and talk to the guy at the local bait shop. or if i go with my uncle (who i go alot with) i just go where ever he wants to go hes a pro wink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

once or twice every other week doing about 3-5 hours each time....i wish i could fish more

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I try to get out everyday, but work and school won't let that happen. A good week I hit the lake at least 6 times, usually in the afternoon after school and then maybe again once the sun's down and I have some food in me. I'm usually only out for 2-3 hours, but a solid 10 hour stretch isn't uncommon on the weekends. I only live about 15 minutes from Minnetonka, so its not really a big deal for me to take a trip out there.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

24/7 isnt enough time on the ice for me! Now that I'm laid off, a few times a week for me, at least 6 hours each time. I dont like to go for just a couple hours,the longer the better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This year has been more. I've been out of work since October, so I've been able to get out 2-3 times a week for 4-5 hours per trip.

Last year I only made it out 6 times the whole season, and the year before that was at least once a week for a 10-12 hour trip.

It all depends on my job and client situation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

SO far I've fished 40/47 days this year, the hours vary, I sleep in my wheel house a lot so it's been good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3-4 days per week. Generally spend 3-6 hours total travel time and 9-12 hours hitting the lakes. Gets to be long days, but ya cant be it!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I apologize if that came out wrong. The idea might very well be the best route to go. It's just that over the past 25 years or so I have seen many attempts to save a dollar that cost a buck and a half to do lol.    Here are my two cents. If you have a slab and you want to pour on top of it while keeping the same footprint that sounds pretty doable and could probably save some money if you don't have to change drain lines, run water, heat runs, electrical etc into the slab.   If you intend to tie into the existing slab and run zones of pex across the joint and have the new and old floors end up at the same elevation it still can be done. Some contractors will not want to mess with tying into and raising the elevation of the slabs and will prefer to start from scratch especially if you as the homeowner want them to warranty the finished product.  The critical thing would be to use enough rebar drilled into the old slab and have enough compaction and sufficient footings to make sure the slabs stay where they are without settling. That would make all kinds of problems with the pex.    Hopefully that response came across better.
    • It'll be interesting to see if the team plays a little harder in front of a different goalie. 
    • Hawg, I'm with you on this one !
    • Check and see if you have a video output on you device. You may be able to record to a digital device.
    • Just use plain old spray paint in a can. I've done it many many times and seems to stick really nice. Nothing special either I can't even tell you the brand because I have no clue. But as mentioned doing 2-3 light coats helps.
    • no expert here, but heat doesn't rise. heat radiates in the direction of least resistance (R value). warm air or water rises because it is less dense than colder air or water.  If you don't insulate you will be heating the ground under your cabin and the earth is a very large heat sink $$$. get some info from an expert in the radiant field as far as tube diameter, spacing, water temp, manifolds, length of runs, and so on. it varies on amount of windows (solar) ceiling height and room type (bed, bath, living area,  storage etc.). once you pour over the tubing you get to live with it. I did my own Home 15 years ago and got some good advise (wish I would have taken it all)
    • Sonar works from above, cameras need to be submerged. What am I missing here?
    • I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.
    • I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
    • I'll go with another loss in overtime.
  • Our Sponsors