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Offline @icewishing

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Houghton lake
« on: Feb 23, 2018, 08:34 PM »
How's it holding up.  Anything for an update.  I'll be there the 3rd if there is ice.  So any reports and I thank you in advance

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #1 on: Feb 24, 2018, 08:38 AM »
I second that update! The southern part of the state sure does not have ice anymore..

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #2 on: Feb 24, 2018, 08:50 AM »
Up on Higgins today, plenty of ice here 14" shore ice seems ok.

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #3 on: Feb 24, 2018, 11:29 AM »
How do you think Houghton and st Helen will be for next weekend?

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #4 on: Feb 24, 2018, 01:41 PM »
Great thank you for the update! I will have to try and get up before the 50 plus 60 degree temperatures start coming along

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #5 on: Feb 24, 2018, 02:41 PM »
I was in HL a short while ago and drove down by the public access on the south side. Shore ice looked good and there was a ton of people out there plus several full size trucks. Next weeks warm weather will hurt it with the wind they have forecast and the nights are not going to be that cold. I heard this morning from someone out there that there was 16 inches of ice and it was slick.

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #6 on: Feb 24, 2018, 08:21 PM »
Was there today. 15". Shore ice was peeling back a little bit towards the end of the day. They were still running trucks out all day.

Everybody started near shore (south side) and gradually pushed out into the lake as the day wore on. Bite was slow all around, pulled a few hammer handles on tip ups was the best we did.
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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #7 on: Feb 24, 2018, 09:04 PM »
Thanks for the update.

Offline @icewishing

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #8 on: Feb 25, 2018, 06:17 AM »
Thanks guys.  I'll be up next week.  Hope they are wrong about the weather.  Thanks again everyone

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #9 on: Feb 25, 2018, 06:22 AM »
It rained here most of the night and the wind is whipping outside. That is going to really hurt the ice

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #10 on: Feb 26, 2018, 07:18 AM »
Yikes.. We had lots of wind down in the southern part of the state too. Got up to 40 plus mph gusts supposedly

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #11 on: Feb 26, 2018, 08:49 AM »
It rained here most of the night and the wind is whipping outside. That is going to really hurt the ice
What's the ice like on your lake, Missaukee?  Usually make at least one trip up there every year.  Didn't make it up this year, but was thinking about a quick trip, before the ice was gone.

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #12 on: Feb 26, 2018, 10:16 AM »
What's the ice like on your lake, Missaukee?  Usually make at least one trip up there every year.  Didn't make it up this year, but was thinking about a quick trip, before the ice was gone.
I have not been on it since before the rain but then there was over 20 inches of ice. They pulled all the shanties off and it froze up real good here last night so I think any water would have frozen solid. Houghton lake they said yesterday it was ice shanty races. I saw one report that said the pressure cracks opened up bad from water running into them and in many places the shore ice was bad. If anyone is planning on this weekend it may be wise to call ahead to check ice conditions . I think there will still some ice but it may be hard to get on and walking only. If I get over there this week I will check it out at a few places and report what I saw

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #13 on: Feb 26, 2018, 10:54 AM »
Thanks I'll be up Friday.  Hoping we can fish it.  Thanks again guys for updates

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #14 on: Feb 26, 2018, 11:01 AM »
Thnx for the report!

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #15 on: Feb 27, 2018, 07:55 PM »
So is she done for now

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #16 on: Feb 27, 2018, 09:03 PM »
So is she done for now

 :'( I sure hope not..

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #17 on: Feb 28, 2018, 06:13 AM »
I heard two people fell through the ice at Lake st. Helen, be careful everyone.

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #18 on: Feb 28, 2018, 08:21 AM »
I just went down to the south shore boat launch this morning.  Shore ice looked sketchy at best and there wasn't anyone out.   All shanties have been removed.  I was out there Monday and there was 12". 

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #19 on: Feb 28, 2018, 10:47 AM »
I saw a picture yesterday from the middle grounds when the shanty holes had opened up to 8 to 10 foot wide and we covered with skim ice. The west launch has open water. I talked to my neighbor last night and he lives on the lake. He said in front of his place the shore ice was pulled back away from shore. He put every thing away yesterday

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Re: Houghton lake
« Reply #20 on: Feb 28, 2018, 11:19 AM »
Thanks for the update. 

 



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