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Ice-out guesstamations

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It is that time of year again to guess what day you think your favorite body of water is going to be ice-free.

For me that would be Lake Mazaska in Rice County and my guess would be.......
April 11th.


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They way March has been so far I'm not looking for an early ice-out on Clearwater. If you had asked me two weeks ago, I'd have said mid-March. That's now only a week off and we have more ice than we had in Feb.

And I do wish it would stop snowing. We had flowers coming up last month, and they're now buried under several inches of new snow. I was amazed we got 12 people out last nite for precinct caucus -- roads were messy.

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The average ice out date, up on the big "V", is the 27th of April. The lake has been making more ice than it did during January. It could be a late one, unless the weather shows some improvement.

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Ely lake-- I would have to say April 25. (I had to print a retraction with the recent sun)
There is still over 2 feet of ice.

Ely lake expert

[This message has been edited by Ely lake expert (edited 03-27-2002).]

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Ely lake expert, I hope your wrong. Im going to be in the area for opener. I would help if the ice is off. Im going to say may 4th. For ely lake.

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You really aren't optimistic are you?? Here is what I know. We are at least a foot of ice short of what we normally have around the DL area( yesterday I measured 15-20"), so i'm going to go with an april 15th ice out. You need to realize the strength of the sun this time of year. Should be a pretty normal ice out I'll guess. Just need to see the sun though!!!!

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This mild winter was pushing toward a late March ice-out in the Alexandria area. Two years ago ice-out was March 27...earliest in a hundred years. Last year April 27....This year...

Even with the recent cold snap, the mild February weather and melt caused a lot of honeycombing...and now even 20 degree days will melt with the sun at a higher angle...

My guess would be April 10...or sooner (hopefully)...

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Well I think we need to revive this topic.

I still think it's at least 3 weeks out. What does everyone else think?

!!!!!!!I WANT OPEN WATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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John K., a.k.a. wastewaterguru
Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Wastewater -- Altho ice on Clearwater is unpredictable and in parts dangerous, it is still ICE. Without major weather change, we are at least 3 weeks off for "ice out."

BJ may have to rethink his crappie tourney.

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Yeah, there's still 9" on Prior Lake. IT's not looking good.

I thought I heard 50 degrees on Sunday smile.gif

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John K., a.k.a. wastewaterguru
Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Ely lake,

I withdraw my prediction. I'll go with April 22. I honestly would still drive on some of the lakes. Last weekend I found 2+ feet. Some lakes with muddy bottoms are really weak though. The ice is falling apart in some spots. Some sunshine will do wonders to the ice.

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We could have ice out in the next week or two the way it is going today. We have alot of open water, with the wind at 15-30 the next two days, it will go fast. I put all my ice fishing stuff away today. Where I was ice fishing yesterday is now open today, so I better quite!!!!!!!

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It looks like Tetonka could oren up early this year. About 1/3 of it is open now a couple ao wind switches and it be gone. I think the average for Tetonka is the 2nd week of April.

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Hammer,

Drove out to do some crappie fishing saturday 3/30. I splashed around in the slush on the top of the ice, but there was a good 2 feet of solid ice underneath.

Ely lake expert

P.S. (good fishing too)

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