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I may actually get out more often this year too. Working to arrange things with a PCA to come in maybe twice a week to 'watch' the wife while I'm out fishing.

 

Last year I only got the canoe on the water six times...ya, 6 of a 26 week season.

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6 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

I may actually get out more often this year too. Working to arrange things with a PCA to come in maybe twice a week to 'watch' the wife while I'm out fishing.

 

Last year I only got the canoe on the water six times...ya, 6 of a 26 week season.

I think we need to put some sled legs under your canoe and make it an ice fishing snowmobile 

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10 minutes ago, TnRiver46 said:

I think we need to put some sled legs under your canoe and make it an ice fishing snowmobile 

Same issue that kept me off the water last open-water season would have applied during ice-season...plus I've never enjoyed ice fishing.

 

In other news, the melt is on - Emerald Lake - one of the Minnetonka chain...one of my shore-fishing spots.

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12 hours ago, A-Jay said:

GO FISHING ! 

Right Now - Please.

Do It For me.

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A-Jay

Well, your luck must have followed me to my fishing spot, as I have caught my first Bass and first Bluegill of 2021!!!!! I will post the pictures later.

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4 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Same issue that kept me off the water last open-water season would have applied during ice-season...plus I've never enjoyed ice fishing.

 

In other news, the melt is on - Emerald Lake - one of the Minnetonka chain...one of my shore-fishing spots.

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Yeah I’ve never even walked on ice but I can live vicariously.......

 

looks like open water is imminent!!!

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1 minute ago, TnRiver46 said:

looks like open water is imminent!!!

Ya, gonna be 6 weeks of panfishing and creating maps on my Striker the way it's looking. Even if we have open water first week of April, bass season doesn't open until the middle of May.

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2 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Ya, gonna be 6 weeks of panfishing and creating maps on my Striker the way it's looking. Even if we have open water first week of April, bass season doesn't open until the middle of May.

What about northerns? 

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Just now, TnRiver46 said:

What about northerns? 

Northern and Walleye open on May 15, Bass opens for C&R same date...if you want to keep Bass, you can't do that until May 29.

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 With 95% of the snow gone, I pulled the drive way markers

and 'put up' the Snow Blower yesterday ~

Apparently, it was just in time 

 

May be an image of sky, body of water, snow and text

 

27 Days and a Wake - Up

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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11 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

Ya, gonna be 6 weeks of panfishing and creating maps on my Striker the way it's looking.

 

May 15 is a late opener too, normally it would be about a week earlier and coincide with the same weekend as Mothers Day.

 

I'll take what I can get.  Even panfishing for a few weeks is better than staring at ice.  It can be fun if you get into a school of nice slab crappies.

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4 hours ago, A-Jay said:

 With 95% of the snow gone, I pulled the drive way markers

and 'put up' the Snow Blower yesterday ~

Apparently, it was just in time 

 

May be an image of sky, body of water, snow and text

 

27 Days and a Wake - Up

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

Ya had to figure. 

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Just got back from taking my daily cruise over to local Lake Menderchuck ~ 

and WE HAVE 80 % OPEN WATER ! ! ! ! 

Easily a new record for this guy.

Sadly the next three days are calling for Snow, Freezing Rain & Snow again with very un-fisherman friendly winds & air temps and the boat ramp is still way sketchy with Ice.

But the start of the week looks decent and I'll be ready.

So I've waited this long and it seems 3 more days might not kill me. 

Either way, open water in March means this one's at LEAST a full three weeks ahead of 

the 2021 predicter. 

Who doesn't Love That ? ! ? ! 

:happy-112:

A-Jay

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Recent events had me advancing my boat prep time line quite a bit.

Not complaining though.

Pro-V Bass and AT4

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

Recent events had me advancing my boat prep time line quite a bit.

Not complaining though.

Pro-V Bass and AT4

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

How many days and a wake up?

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4 minutes ago, DitchPanda said:

How many days and a wake up?

Expect to be fishing on Monday ~

so that's 3 days & a Wake Up !

I started this deal at 136 so  . . . . .

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Just now, A-Jay said:

Expect to be fishing on Monday ~

so that's 3 days & a Wake Up !

I started this deal at 136 so  . . . . .

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A-Jay

I expect another week here - though the 70 predicted for Monday will help as will the rain on Saturday.

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3 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Expect to be fishing on Monday ~

so that's 3 days & a Wake Up !

I started this deal at 136 so  . . . . .

:smiley:

A-Jay

Good deal man. I've already been out 4 times in the past few weeks since the ice came off. 

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This messy mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow will continue to impact portions of northeast lower Michigan this morning; however for the moment a least, this area has been spared.

May be an image of map, sky and text that says 'Precipitation Increases Tonight Last Updated: 3/25/2021 A messy mix freezing rain, sleet and snow will move into parts northerr Michigan tonight. This will create slick and hazardoustrave in parts of the area. Expect slow morning commute Ûryfo parts the area. The greatest threat freezing rain will south of from Alpena to Manistee. NationalWeatherService NORTHERNMICHIGAN NORTHERN Forecast Precipitation 11:00 Tonight Forecast Precipitation 2:00 AM Friday Sault Ste Marie Rock Forecast Precipitation AM Friday Gaylord Sault Marie Petoskey Gaylord Austin Snow Mix Rain Greatest potential for freezing rain for 2am 8am tonight and early Friday morning. NOTE: These Austin used'

 

 My somewhat hurried Boat & Trailer preparations continue. 

Successfully competed the first 'test tow' with the AT4 yesterday.

Predicated by the moderate lift kit in this new truck, this included a pre-ride trailer leveling.

Super important.

Pro-V Bass and AT4 Prep

Looks like Monday is still a go but there may be a pretty stiff SW wind.

More to follow.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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DNR is already posting ice-out dates on lakes in the metro area here.

Nokomis

Taft

Harriet

Swede (south of Watertown)

 

Keeping my eye on it - once Dutch or Little Long open up...time to get the canoe in the water.

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8 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

DNR is already posting ice-out dates on lakes in the metro area here.

Nokomis

Taft

Harriet

Swede (south of Watertown)

 

Keeping my eye on it - once Dutch or Little Long open up...time to get the canoe in the water.

Good for you my friend ~ 

Here's to as many opportunities to be on the water as possible.

While there's some challenges involved with that (and I think you know I can relate) 

you've earned them; many times over. 

Stay Safe. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

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3 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Good for you my friend ~ 

Here's to as many opportunities to be on the water as possible.

While there's some challenges involved with that (and I think you know I can relate) 

you've earned them; many times over. 

Stay Safe. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

Here's to you and Lynn having time together on the water this coming year.

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1 hour ago, MN Fisher said:

DNR is already posting ice-out dates on lakes in the metro area here.

Nokomis

Taft

Harriet

Swede (south of Watertown)

Twin lake in Robbinsdale just a few miles north of my house is wide open as of March 24.

 

I think by Tuesday most lakes in the "metro" will be ice free.  Like you said, rain on Saturday and possibly 70 on Monday will get 'er done.

 

We've got a long time until bass season opens but panfishing in a watercraft is still better than staring at ice.

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15 minutes ago, gimruis said:

We've got a long time until bass season opens but panfishing in a watercraft is still better than staring at ice.

And I've gotta test out this winter's mods on the canoe and make maps with the Striker...so the lead time is nice in a way for that.

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Annnnnd my poop still isn’t in a group. The weather isn’t looking good this weekend so I’ll get my certification testing done for work this weekend and “hoping” to set sail the following weekend BUT I’ve got a lot to do in a short period of time and dig season is here so work is crazy busy right now. 

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And they keep opening in my area.

Stone

St. Joe

Auburn (home of the state record LMB)

 

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