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Snow is now completely gone from the neighborhood, birds are out in force, neighbors are doing some early yardwork, kids walking around the block in t-shirts...

 

And I'm buried under a pile of work with multiple looming deadlines and no escape.

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Temp today hit low 50s...but...got this on my way back from picking up Chinese for dinner tonight.

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Since walleye, northern and bass seasons closed two weeks ago...they're most probably crappie-hunters.

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March is doing what March does up here ~ 

May be an image of map and text that says 'Snow/Freezing Drizzle over northern Michigan 4:00am Tuesday Forecast NationaWeatherService NORTHERNMICHIGAN Grand Marais Marquette Munising Sault Ste Marie Newber Iron Mt Manistique Snow is currently moving through northern lower Michigan and will continue a northward trek through the early morning hours. Escanaba Rock Menoninee Petoskey Sturgeon Bay Gaylord Green Bay Alpena Traverse City Frankfort Freezing Drizzle A transition from snow to freezing drizzleis expected this morning, especially south of the M-32 corridor. Manistee West Branch Sheboygan GSL Global System Clare PAu Austin Bad Axe Midland Threat diminishes by midday today.'

Guess we got about two maybe tree inches over night.

36 Days and a Wake Up ~

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1 minute ago, A-Jay said:

March is doing what March does up here ~ 

Guess we got about two maybe tree inches over night.

36 Days and a Wake Up ~

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Probably the same system that dumped 3" on us yesterday.

Gonna melt fast though.

May be an image of sky and text that says 'Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Don' let the snow get you down, spring is on the horizon! 40° 50° 55° 30° 35° 33° National Weather Service Twin Cities 57° 35° 40° After tonight's system, the next chance for precipitation will be late this weekend into early next week. Issued: Wednesday March 2021'

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2 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Probably the same system that dumped 3" on us yesterday.

Gonna melt fast though.

May be an image of sky and text that says 'Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Don' let the snow get you down, spring is on the horizon! 40° 50° 55° 30° 35° 33° National Weather Service Twin Cities 57° 35° 40° After tonight's system, the next chance for precipitation will be late this weekend into early next week. Issued: Wednesday March 2021'

I'd like to double down on that action.

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My little pond has finally lost all its ice, time to go start practicing some casting when the warm days come.  The few bass in there wont be real active for a few more weeks if it stays warm 

 

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10 minutes ago, Denny said:

My little pond has finally lost all its ice, time to go start practicing some casting when the warm days come.  The few bass in there wont be real active for a few more weeks if it stays warm 

 

Open water mean access. 

If it were me -

I'd let the bass tell me when they were active.

Just Saying . . .

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1 minute ago, A-Jay said:

Open water mean access. 

If it were me -

I'd let the bass tell me when they were active.

Just Saying . . .

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A-Jay

 

It's not like they hibernate - they're feeding, just not as aggressively as during high-summer.

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On 3/12/2021 at 2:02 PM, slonezp said:

If I ordered one today I still wouldn't get it until next spring 

 

Unloading that Lund Predator was a mistake and 12poundbass will agree with me!

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4 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

It's not like they hibernate - they're feeding, just not as aggressively as during high-summer.

Indeed.  Some luck after work quick 

 

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2 hours ago, gimruis said:

 

Unloading that Lund Predator was a mistake and 12poundbass will agree with me!

Sometimes things in life change. I had a fish and ski when the kids were young. Moved into the Predator long before my grandson was even thought of. He doesn't have a dad and it's my duty to step up. I'm pondering a move in the not so distant future and Lake Michigan might be my new home water.

 

I picked up the little guy on Sunday and my daughter was already asking when I'm getting a new boat which, of course, makes me regret selling it, but better days lie ahead. Hopefully more grandchildren as well.

He and I spent a few hours at Bass Pro looking at the fish tanks and lures and we'll probably go crappie hunting this weekend. 

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  Just a quick local 'conditions' update.

Seems we may be WAAAAY ahead of the usual open water schedule.

We have quite a bit of bare ground (which is crazy for March here)

and the forecast looks very favorable to keep the ball rolling in the right direction

- More to follow . . .

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2 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

  Just a quick local 'conditions' update.

Seems we may be WAAAAY ahead of the usual open water schedule.

We have quite a bit of bare ground (which is crazy for March here)

and the forecast looks very favorable to keep the ball rolling in the right direction

We're in the same boat - quick snow, quick warm-up...and a couple of the channels have cleared already and that can't but help the melt on the rest of the lake.

May be an image of outdoors and text that says '” Twin Weather Service គបននស្ពុ I Quick return to Spring Wed Thu The weather looks quiet until the first half of next week. Highs 10-15 degrees above normal return this weekend! Issued :28AM Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Fri Sat Sun 43° 32° 50° 28° 52° 34° 56° 43° 57° 43°'

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4 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

and a couple of the channels have cleared already and that can't but help the melt on the rest of the lake

Channels on Tonka in between bays?  Well alright.  Visual progress.

 

Next week looks very rainy too.  I see multiple days of rain likely.

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1 hour ago, gimruis said:

Channels on Tonka in between bays?  Well alright.  Visual progress.

 

Next week looks very rainy too.  I see multiple days of rain likely.

Ya - the one between Crystal Bay and North Arm is 90% clear, the one between Crystal Bay and West Arm by Fletchers is clear with the area just outside the east entrance to Fletcher's docks also opening up.

 

Visited with my dad yesterday for his 87th b-day (he lives in Golden Valley) and took Old Crystal Bay road up from 51 since the Tanager Bridge is closed for rebuilding...so passed over those two on the way there and back.

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Just now, Deephaven said:

The St. Alban's bay bridge has been open for nearly a month.  Water is ripping down my driveway today and warming the lake further.  It won't be long.

You're talking over by Maynards?

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I think our ice is going to disappear fairly quickly with this coming.

May be an image of snow and text that says 'National Weather Service Twin Cities FRI Dry Friday and Saturday. Widespread rain early next week. Mild Temperatures with Widespread Rain Next Week SAT SUN MON TUE Issued: 2:41PM ursday, March 18, 2021 WED 51° 55° THU 58° 80% 53° 56° 52° 57°'

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I didn’t realize this but virtually the entire state is also in a stage 1 drought. Portions of northwest MN are in stage 2 drought. So ya we definitely need rain too.

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Just now, gimruis said:

Portions of northwest MN are in stage 2 drought.

I seems to alternate years. This year it's points west of Warroad...next year it'll be Baudette and points east.

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The first day of Spring 2021 has finally arrived.

Always a fan favorite.

Although the thought of this day may conjure up images of birds singing, flowers blooming & butterflies all over the place, that's really not happening up here yet.

In reality, there's still some snow on the ground, nothing is growing in the partially frozen mud, and apparently most of the birds & all butterflies either didn't get the memo or they missed their flight north. It's been a fairly long winter so I'm attaching what I hope we'll be seeing again soon.

The Greenness happens fast and is over way too soon.

 

Homestead in Green ~

 

32 Days and a Wake - Up ~

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