Author Topic: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018  (Read 25842 times)

Offline saskbucks

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Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« on: Nov 07, 2017, 10:42 AM »
Itíll be a long while before the main lake is fishable, but Iím wondering if any of the bays have ice in them.  Thanks for the reports and safe season for all. 
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Offline Sparetimeangler

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #1 on: Nov 19, 2017, 08:31 AM »
No ice reports yet? Probably be awhile im thinking...

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #2 on: Nov 19, 2017, 05:43 PM »
It's still wide open. Was hoping to drill few holes on bays by Danielson but ended up at Broderick

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #3 on: Nov 20, 2017, 10:06 AM »
wild open water by Birsay fish farm, but water temperature is dropping lot, she is close to freeze , need more calm day with minus two digital temperature.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #4 on: Nov 20, 2017, 10:44 AM »
Back end of coulees aound Elbow have a skim of ice, otherwise the main lake is wide open.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #5 on: Nov 20, 2017, 01:45 PM »
Any ice in Coteau Bay?

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #6 on: Nov 23, 2017, 10:04 PM »
Lake locked up solid at Sask Landing last weekend

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #7 on: Nov 25, 2017, 11:29 AM »
Part of the marina at Elbow is froze over but not thick enough to walk on yet. From the boat launch to the main lake is open water. Geese are still overnighting in front of the marina office on the water.
Happiness is achieved through sacrifice - and an 8" hole in the ice.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #8 on: Nov 28, 2017, 07:54 PM »
Well Saskbucks, sounds like its going to be awhile before we can hardwater those Jumbo's!

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #9 on: Nov 28, 2017, 08:41 PM »
Lake is still locked up from Sask Landing all the way to Beaver Flats. 6" of ice in the marina

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #10 on: Nov 29, 2017, 08:55 AM »
Yep.  It'll be a while........
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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #11 on: Dec 01, 2017, 09:01 AM »
Yesterday a couple of fellows launched a small boat at the boat launch and trolled around the marina bay. They didn't catch anything but it was a nice day to be out.  A bit of ice build up at the bottom of the ramp but a launch is doable if you are careful.
Happiness is achieved through sacrifice - and an 8" hole in the ice.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #12 on: Dec 09, 2017, 08:23 PM »
8" of black ice at Coteau Bay boat launch this evening. Wet surface. Pretty even ice cover 200 yards out.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #13 on: Dec 09, 2017, 11:34 PM »
Fished a small bay on friday, found ice about the size of a couple city lots, 5Ē thick. Crushed walleye all day none over 3 pounds but kept a few between the two of us. Then hammered a 2 pound trout, gunna be amazing on the traeger im sure. Lotsa little hammer handles too. Great first ice for me so far.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #14 on: Dec 10, 2017, 08:09 AM »
Fished a small bay on friday, found ice about the size of a couple city lots, 5Ē thick. Crushed walleye all day none over 3 pounds but kept a few between the two of us. Then hammered a 2 pound trout, gunna be amazing on the traeger im sure. Lotsa little hammer handles too. Great first ice for me so far.

Great stuff. Love to hear of stories of a great day of fishing.  And the smoker...YES!!!!
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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2017, 07:57 PM »
Tried coteau today. Slow for me seen a few other groups. I have never been more excited to have some snow on ice so you can walk without using every muscle in your body. anyone else on here one of the groups out there, curious how you made out? also seen a few groups shore fishing........

Offline pkurtz

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #16 on: Dec 13, 2017, 08:12 PM »
What were the ice conditions at Coteau?

How far out did the ice go?

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #17 on: Dec 13, 2017, 09:34 PM »
Tried coteau today. Slow for me seen a few other groups. I have never been more excited to have some snow on ice so you can walk without using every muscle in your body. anyone else on here one of the groups out there, curious how you made out? also seen a few groups shore fishing........

Ice cleats are a must.  That slick ice can be dangerous.  $15.  Stay safe.
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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #18 on: Dec 14, 2017, 12:36 AM »
Use caution is what I will say. There's a bit of ice but also open water, even right by shore. Other than coteau, I dare to say the rest of the lake is wide open. Only the Thomson arm has ice if that makes sense. We need that 20-30 below back for a few weeks.


Saskbucks I will be buying cleats, I can't believe I have never had a pair. Have the last 2 years seemed worse for needing cleats or average to everyone?

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #19 on: Dec 14, 2017, 06:05 AM »
Thanks for the update.
I bought my first set of slip on cleats this year.
Canít believe I waited this long.
Better investment than winter tires for the car which I now own too. 😀
Yes I grew up here and yes I know how to drive 😀.

Definitely been a need last few years with freeze thaw cycles we have been getting. Sucks for making ice to fish on.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #20 on: Dec 14, 2017, 05:42 PM »
Have the last 2 years seemed worse for needing cleats or average to everyone?

 i bought a pair of kahtoola micro spikes 2 years ago, never even thought of needing them before that!

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #21 on: Dec 20, 2017, 12:44 PM »
If anyone plans to drive on the ice at Beaver Flats be careful at the boat launch. It is covered with a sheet of ice and is almost impossible to drive back up it again.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #22 on: Dec 21, 2017, 08:14 PM »
It's iced over today around Gardiner Dam  :) except for that perennial open spot in front of the towers.  The ice is thin in most place. For instance, Coteau Bay boat launch has 8" of ice, while the exit finger tip has less than 3". Ice is even thinner in the pump house bay on the east side of the dam.

Walk on with precaution!

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #23 on: Dec 21, 2017, 11:27 PM »
So it sounds like the ice is OK now in the Beavee flats area???👍

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #24 on: Dec 22, 2017, 08:39 AM »
Good morning all.  I am hoping to try some fishing out around the Elbow to Douglas Park area over Christmas.  Can anyone give me an update regarding ice conditions? 

Thanks all

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #25 on: Dec 22, 2017, 04:41 PM »
The Elbow and some of Elbow Harbour are still open water. There has been some ice fishing from the launch back. The occasional trout being caught. The Quappelle Arm is now frozen over as of yesterday. Will probabaly be walking on for a while. I did hear there was 13" of ice at the Quappelle Dam. I haven't been there yet, so I'm not 100% sure. Good luck and take care.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #26 on: Dec 22, 2017, 06:24 PM »
Thank you for the update!  It really depends on how much walking I want to do Christmas and Boxing Day. If Iím going I will for sure be walking.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #27 on: Dec 22, 2017, 11:34 PM »
The Elbow and some of Elbow Harbour are still open water. There has been some ice fishing from the launch back. The occasional trout being caught. The Quappelle Arm is now frozen over as of yesterday. Will probabaly be walking on for a while. I did hear there was 13" of ice at the Quappelle Dam. I haven't been there yet, so I'm not 100% sure. Good luck and take care.
  Oh I can't help but think with the deep freeze over the next few days...its gotta be freezing solid very soon...double digit below 0 for highs predicted and wayyyy down at night. By the way?with a name like "Burbot  master"...where r some decent secret great burbot spots on diefenbaker???🤔

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #28 on: Dec 22, 2017, 11:37 PM »
Usually about 1' off the bottom. Have fun.

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Re: Diefenbaker Lake 2017-2018
« Reply #29 on: Dec 23, 2017, 12:05 AM »
Usually about 1' off the bottom. Have fun.
Yes they hug bottom tighter than walleye. The one on Thursday smoked my line, and I had to trim 20 feet of line afterwards.

 



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