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No Ice to "Thin" on Dailey Lake

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Well a friend & I headed out Sat for a two hour drive from Billings with the intentions of catching some Eyes on Dailey Lake in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston,MT. Well to our supprise as we rounded the corner to view the lake there was minimal ice at best. With two fisherman headed off the lake with no fish to speak of during thier outing. So we scouted aroung the lake to try and see if we could get access from a shorter distance than the others had dragged too. Nothing but open water around the edges. So we went back to try and blaze a trail through a snow covered road so our drag wouldn't be so far, but to no avail we high sided the F350 with a 6" lift and 35" tires. To find ourselves spending the evening digging the truck out with just 2 Ice Scoops & a 5 gal bucket before the sun would set, but as luck would have it we had plenty of beer for the "BIG DIG". Next time I think we are headed down there with the boat?

Thought I would share a few photo's from our adventure and show the FM boys the sights we get to experience here in MT while out Ice Fishing. The photos are shot looking west to the Gallatin Range & East looking at the Beartooth Mtns with the Dailey Lake in the middle. The beauty out here never stops at being amazing.

Do have a report for Lake Petrolia up near Winnnett,MT the eyes are biting after dark & through most of the night with Ice at about 8-12" but leaving the shoreline so be careful getting on. We used the wheeler ramps to get on the ice last week.

Stuck on the North End of Dailey Lake in Paradise Valley,MT

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Looking So East at Dailey Lake Paradise Valley,MT

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Beartooth Mtn Range looking East

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Looking West at the Gallatin Mtn Range

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Have to run for now. Regards

Chris

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