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With the weather changing to winter like conditions, it seems ice fishing might come early this year. Most hunters will be trading their shotguns for fishing rods. Hopefully we get a quick ice on, with a good 2 foot solid base.

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I have been ready for ice fishing season for months. Let's go! This week has lows forcasted in the single digits. Next weekend we will probably have some fishable ice on some smaller ponds and lakes as long as we don't get any more snow. Be safe.

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Is southeast ND froze up yet? Looking to come that way this weekend for one last duck hunt, but I am not sure we'll have open water. Thanks for the help!!

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Things are getting crusty. Most sloughs are crusted over but some have open spots in the center yet.

Maybe a better time to field hunt corn stubble then slough hunt?

With deer gun season opening this weekend, be very cautious.

No antler hat camo advised Eh.

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I fished Golden Lake yesterday about 35 ft from shore. Ice was about 4'-6" thick. I had a blast. Sad to see the warm up in the weather though.

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Ventured onto the ice for the first time Friday. Kinda scary. Was about 3 inches. Decided too wait till there is a little more before I turn the ice into swiss cheese. Anybody been out?? Any reports??

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I was out on the ice again on Sat and Sun. Did well on Sat but Sunday was pretty slow. Ice conditions were really good. There were a couple of other guys out also. Hopefully it doesn't get too warm this week. Next week we'll have some good cold weather. Good Luck.

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Fished a small irrigation pond in Hillsboro, ND yesterday and iced well over 50 perch between my brother-in-law and myself. Kept a dozen that ran about 10". Had a blast and it was fun to be out. Ice was about 5 inches and no problems. We were about 50 feet from shore.

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The weather is starting to get on my nerves. THought we would be drving out by now, not even close. The fish aren't exactly cooperating either.

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Trying to get the girlfriend to enjoy ice fishing, does anyone know of a good bite close to Fargo? Thanks for the help in advance.

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Thanks Rick,
I took her out to the Jamestown Res on Sat in the wind. We caught 3 walleyes lost a couple more and marked fish most of the time we were there. Hopefully its not like last year, when you could mark fish but struggle to catch them. I think that's more frustrating than not seeing any fish.

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How about Lake Ashtabula north of Valley City? Used to head over there while we were going to college in Fargo.

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Marine Man,
We went straight out from Smokeys in about 11 feet of water. The ice was between 6 and 8 inches. Most of it was really good clear ice.

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Heiser,
Whats up? Going out to Pelican this weekend. When are you going to show me your honey hole on Big D?
Donny

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Thanks Heiz... not sure if I'll make it out to jamestown this weekend.. might be headed to the detroit lakes area... if I do manage to get to Jamestown I'll let you know how it went...

thanks!

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Donny,
I was going to call you last Sunday and lost your number. Send me an email, I'm sure we get out on the ice together. I say once we can drive out, we'll have to go see how good the honey hole is. My GPS cordinates are on my graphs I sold with my boat.

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I fished on Jamestown the past couple days and boy is it slow compaired to last year. Not much of a bite. There is getting pretty close to 12" of ice on the north end and I would think by next week they will probably be driving out up there.

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    • Good luck on your hunt, let us know how you do!
    • I have another weekend in me to fish and fight the winds and weather and then the boat will be done for the year.  Guess it is that time of the season but would really love to get another couple outings in but such is life! 
    • who uses flashers now days haha; I'm a helix convert now too, i was hesitant at first as the Lowrance had a LCD screen a few years ago for ice fishing but the lag was unusable, but hbird figured it out. Mapping, flasher screen if wanted, and sonar all in one, its like a smartphone; everything in one.   also, I have not had any interference issues with others using the helix, especially with all of hte chirp setttings
    • Looks like a good time 
    • I love my Helix unit also, and GPS has been a game changer for me. No more fumbling with my phone in the cold with apps eating my battery and trying to keep it out of the elements.    I miss the simplicity of my Marcum VX-1 but after getting my Helix dialed in I have no complaints.
    • SD resident opener was a wet one. Saturday I didn't go out. Sunday morning woke up with 4.5" inches of snow at my place a few miles south of Sioux Falls. Never would I have imagined we would be able to hunt in snow this early! The other odd part is that none of the weather people even hinted at any accumulation or even predicted any chance of precip. It literally just came out of nowhere.   Yesterday I hunted the entire day from noon to sundown and was fortunate enough to still have some snow stick around in areas.. My only summary is swamp country. I wore the wrong boots, wrong pants etc. Should have just wore waders would have been able access things better. My biggest mistake was not going far enough west and not far enough north. But there is a ton of public land where I headed and I hadn't been able to scout that way yet this year. Everything that looked walkable was wet it didnt matter how high or low it was. If it looked good at knee level it very likely had ankle high standing water under it. Ditches were full of water, some roads were underwater it was just wet everywhere and I don't see any signs of any harvesting starting any time soon. The water just made things difficult to walk as some areas I am familiar with. I could walk one side and work it good, but then get land locked because of water and have no way of getting to the other sides and ended up back tracking and walking a lot of same areas twice  which usually isnt productive.   I only managed 1 bird all day. I missed 1 bird my first walk probably at 12:01pm right after getting out of the truck. Just was slow to get the gun up and was way behind it. Typically early season lull, I think I just stared at the bird before I even realized I should be trying to shoot it. I downed another bird early afternoon and I knew it wasn't hit hard. Made a good mark on it and then my dog got a good track and pinned it down. As I went to grab it with my hand the dog released and the bird took off like a bat out of hell and we never were able to recover it because of all of the water. As soon as I put my hand on it, it just exploded and was gone. Was just an odd scenario.   Saw a few other hens but otherwise a very very slow day. I had spotted a bunch of birds coming out of some CRP earlier in the day that headed for corn. I came back an hour before sundown and hunkered down hopefully to get some pokes at them during the golden hour and they never showed up. I know the birds are around but all the crops in makes it difficult to hunt during the day.   I dont know what to suggest for people coming for the big opener this weekend. Its going to be difficult with so many crops in. I would say anywhere north of HWY 14 should be a little drier in areas but they have still seen some moisture the last couple weeks. Up near Brown county they are basically in a drought and down in the south eastern part of the state we are breaking yearly precipitation records. Harvest is off to a slow start all over. I know this weekend is the big opener everyone gets fired up for but if it were me I would be coming back for late season hunts and skip the circus this weekend.   I wont be hitting it hard any time soon will probably just stick to some sundown hunts closer to home for now. I have some gopro footage I need to get edited from yesterday got alot of good stuff on video including the bird that got away.   Good luck to those heading out this weekend!
    • I'd like to see how the Helix handles interference.   Interference was the reason I went from my Interphase Video to a flasher. Currently using HBird Ice 45 and MarCum LX5.
    • I put all the boats put away,  subsequently the rain stopped.  I'll take that and finish pulling the dock in.
    • Posting.  Cuz I can’t sleep worth a dump.  Gonna be a MEA yahoo for most the rest of the week.  I’ve heard good reports from the friends that are already out there. They took the whole week so I’m driving myself out Tuesday night.     Just getting the the back of the truck filled with dekes got me too revved up.  Gonna be hard packing anything else besides waders, layout blind, guns and shells!  Who needs food and more than one change of clothes for 5 days anyway?!
    • I was ALMOST headed to Ely as well but opted to stick to “productive” pursuits at home, figuring I probably missed the October window this year.  That only lasted a day though before I headed west.   It looked really cool though.  Quiet too I bet.
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