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Offline JOEFISH ICEMAN

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Valentine refuge ice conditions
« on: Dec 04, 2018, 02:46 PM »
Any info on ice conditions and if so wich lakes. Thought about heading up this Sunday for the day.
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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #1 on: Dec 04, 2018, 06:10 PM »
I would think it would be pretty sketchy yet. Small ponds not frozen here near Burwell yet. But I don't claim to know for sure

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #2 on: Dec 05, 2018, 01:43 PM »
I went by Merritt this morning and almost all the lake is open water. The Beeds area looks to have a very thin ice covering but couldn't see back into the Boardman area. Some area ponds are covered and others have a little open water.    LP

Mr. Merritt posted this today.

Merritt Trading Post Resort
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There have been lots of inquiries on local ice conditions recently. I think we are fortunate that no appreciable ice had formed on the larger lakes and ponds prior to last weekend's 1/2" of rain and 11or so inches of snow. That rain would have eroded any ice that formed and the snow would have insulated it from a solid freeze down potentially causing a very unsafe ice base. This week's chilly temps on the open water should get us started in the right direction for the ice season. I won't yet speculate on where or when we will have safe ice other than to say sooner than later.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #3 on: Dec 06, 2018, 08:26 PM »
There was a pretty solid 3" of ice today around the refuge, fishing was slow.

Offline JOEFISH ICEMAN

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #4 on: Dec 06, 2018, 10:49 PM »
By chance what lake or lakes did u fish on the refuge?
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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #5 on: Dec 07, 2018, 11:55 AM »
We fished Hackberry, Watts, and west Long. We tried to get on Duck but the ice was only about 2" and thats out of my comfort zone  :tipup:

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #6 on: Dec 08, 2018, 01:32 PM »
Called Wright's bait shop n valentine yesterday and their averaging 4 inches of ice on the lakes. I'm heading down tmrw so I'll also post a report
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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #7 on: Dec 11, 2018, 12:49 AM »
Duck hackberry and dewey had 6 to 8 inches. Fishing was slow. Did get some gills,perch and a crappie.
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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #8 on: Dec 13, 2018, 05:03 AM »
Anyone out there today? Didn't freeze and alot of wind overnight and today.  Hoping to get up there Friday if it doesn't melt.  The next week doesn't look good.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2018, 07:21 AM »
Anyone out there today? Didn't freeze and alot of wind overnight and today.  Hoping to get up there Friday if it doesn't melt.  The next week doesn't look good.

12/14..... should hold today but have concerns through the weekend. High of 50 and wind will cut six inches of ice in a hurry.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #10 on: Dec 14, 2018, 05:25 PM »
Man I am envious of you folks that can drive by out there to check out the ice
Keep it safe! JDL

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #11 on: Dec 15, 2018, 05:51 AM »
Man I am envious of you folks that can drive by out there to check out the ice
Keep it safe! JDL

It can be a double edged sword.  :-\

Didn't lose any ground yesterday and temps got colder than predicted last night but it's going to be a rough next 8 days.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #12 on: Dec 15, 2018, 09:38 AM »
It can be a double edged sword.  :-\

Didn't lose any ground yesterday and temps got colder than predicted last night but it's going to be a rough next 8 days.
Too true! Hoping that  Whatever ice we have here goes away so we can start fresh if and when it cold again!
Got some new gear for the season that as I type is looking at me with a disgusted expression as if to say you got me so use me!  :o
Keep it safe! JDL

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #13 on: Dec 17, 2018, 06:46 AM »
First ice up here is like the energizer bunny,,,,it's still going. Forecast now is for rain on Wed with a 20mph breeze. That one will probably do us in but who knows, it's already held on longer than expected.   

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #14 on: Jan 20, 2019, 02:55 AM »
Refuge lake ice conditions? If so where and how thick and how's the bite? Thanks for any info. Trying to take my son this upcoming weekend and have him a good day of fishing
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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #15 on: Jan 20, 2019, 07:46 AM »
Any info on ice conditions and if so wich lakes. Thought about heading up this Sunday for the day.

Good ice Saturday the 19th, 5 to 7 inches of hard ice on Dewey. Lot of fisherman on the lake but bite was real slow on pike, lot of small perch but only a few keepers. Caught several pike but took all day and plenty of dead time.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #16 on: Feb 02, 2019, 08:53 PM »
Fishing very slow, ice took a big hit the last 2 days.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #17 on: Feb 10, 2019, 08:09 AM »
So how has the ice done this week?

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #18 on: Feb 13, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Was out over weekend, 8-10 maybe more maybe less in spots... Use your own best judgement

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #19 on: Feb 26, 2019, 07:02 AM »
is there still plenty of ice on the refuge lakes for the next couple weeks with temps like we are having I would think the ice should stay around for a while yet.  Any reports would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #20 on: Feb 26, 2019, 02:15 PM »
We fished on the 21,22,and the 23rd. ice was good on Thursday and Friday. the wind blew Saturday and put some snow on the ice, we left Sunday morning as the wind was blowing snow. There will be some snow on the ice but after the front goes through it might be some good fishing.

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Re: Valentine refuge ice conditions
« Reply #21 on: Feb 28, 2019, 10:33 PM »
I just got back from refuge lakes today.  3" of fresh snow made the walking difficult.  12-14" of ice on Dewey and it was slow.  Clear had 8" ice closer to shore and 4" ice towards the middle.  16" ice in cove with the outlet.  Fishing there was just average..neither slow nor were we hammering them.

 



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