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Thought Id just give all the ice fishermen a little heads up, I just got my new Dec. issue of In-Fisherman and its loaded with some good articles about ice fishing for several different species.
 

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Thermometer is supposed to drop below freezing Fri and stay below all weekend in my neck of the woods. I say let it come!!!
 

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Ironically, I can’t wait for ice…..to get out of the cold!

My flip-over with heater is MUCH warmer in 0 zero degree weather, than my kayak is in 40 degree weather. Went to Caesar Creek on Saturday, and froze in the kayak to catch a half dozen crappie.
 

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Right on the money saugeyefisher, nothing worse than a long period of coldish temps with unsafe ice and not being able to find open water. I'll ice fish when forced to do so but ---- not exactly my favorite past time. Maybe I need a flip-over and a buddy heater ;) and a 2 quart thermos.
Good luck and Good fish
 

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Sorry there hard water guys, don't mean to be the bearer of bad forecasts but saw the following report today ....

Leave the ice skates and fish shanties; ready the shovels and snowblowers. That could be the forecast for this winter, based on unusually high surface water temperatures on the Great Lakes.

Each of the lakes — Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario — as well as lake St. Clair, all have temperatures well up from this time last year. When compared to long-term averages, the surface water warmth now is even more striking: Lake Michigan, for example, is above its long-term average temperature by 3.81 degrees Fahrenheit. (Think about how long, and how much energy, it takes to warm that volume of water that many degrees.) Lake Erie is 3.4 degrees above average. The last time the Great Lakes were warmer than this on Dec. 1 was in 2000 — and that’s the only year they’ve been warmer than this, going back to 1994.

Relatively warm surface water at this time of year has historically meant Great Lakes that remained mostly ice free for the entire winter, said George Leshkevich, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The laboratory uses data gathered from several Earth-orbiting satellites, offering a more lake-wide assessment of the Great Lakes than isolated data from buoys.

enough ice for the fish to know to spawn, that's all we need :D of course, I won't be thrilled shoveling the extra couple feet we get because of the open water :mad: but I'll make the sacrifice if it's warmer than usual ...
 

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Tom. Just for asking were gonna make you drill the holes when the lake is making ice. Lol. Diaper time when cracks come from across the lake and runs between your legs.
So......stuff like floaties, adult diapers and 1st will and testament forms are all standard ice fishing requirements? I just wanna be prepared
 

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Just wondering if anyone has ever tryed using a chain saw in place of a auger/spud bar?
 
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