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COSMO 1
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3/16/15 10:09 AM CST
NatBornHunter, The DNR should have a question that pop's up on the computer screen every time a sales clerk clicks on the 2 day license box that would make them ask you the most important question about a two day license and that would be.....when do you want that two license to start? otherwise when you buy that two day license at 8pm Friday night on your way into town and they don't ask you, than your two days will include that Friday you bought it on. so next time if they don't ask when you buy a 2 day license when you want it to start, make sure you tell them you want it to start on sat and end Sunday. The DNR should and could be more user friendly that's for sure! Here's another case in point!...So get this, when you go to buy a orv sticker, the DNR gives you two choice's, 1st one is a regular orv sticker which is the cheaper of the two, and it's the one that most of you need for Ice fishing and normal atv use on state and private land in delta county. The 2nd one is required only if you plan on driving on one of Michigan's designated and or maintained state orv trails, now there are only a few miles of these orv trails in all of Delta county and they are clearly marked with state signage, the verbiage on the computer is so confusing that most sales clerks don't even tell you about the cheaper one and they just sell you the more expensive sticker which does indeed cover you everywhere in the state, but cost more? compared to the snowmobile sticker one sticker one choice, so why two choice's for orv's? I'm not sure why,and once again the state could change this to be more user friendly towards orv's and that's for sure!

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3/16/15 4:53 AM CST
So it's not just me that think the DNR in Michigan are outrageous! Myself and my buddy were on Little Bay awhile back now when you could drive out. We both bought 2 days licenses for out trip up there. Were the ONLY ones we seen stopped by 2 DNR wardens on Black and White Sleds. They came straight from the Launch to us. One Rudely demanded our licenses and our Receipts of purchase. We didn't have our receipts from the gas station to prove we bought our licenses, which we did because of the dates on the licenses, but they were not valid. We both got tickets for fishing without valid fishing licenses. $257 Ticket Each! We went to Court to fight the tickets and lost obviously. F'ing dnr... Even the Casino F'd us haha but that was our own fault.

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3/16/15 3:40 AM CST
When I bought the orv sticker the girl behind the counter gave a list of what it all covered and frozen surfaces was one of them. I guess that covers everything. Just wish I would have known about it. It's something I never even gave a thought as we don't have anything like that here. I've been checked by wardens before and they never mentioned it. At least the sticker is good until the end of March 2016.

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3/15/15 8:20 PM CST
I'm curious how they can even charge when it's only on USCG waters, the tires of my ATV never touched Michigan soil. Why don't you need a sticker on a boat in open water then? It's not that I'm opposed to the fee but how is someone even supposed to know about the fee? There's no such fee in Wisconsin so I never thought there would be a fee. It doesn't say it in the regulations or at the launches. If it wasn't a 3 hour drive I would consider going to the court date just on the principle.

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3/15/15 7:35 PM CST
Don't feel bad ditto. Your not alone. I got a ticket for no orv tag also. He couldn't tell me how much either. It was $90. 00. So an Orv tag is 26.50 and now annual out of state liscence is 76.00 and sports card 1.00. I fish four states and this is by far the most expensive. If it wasn't for great local hospitality, local friends I've made over the years and a chance at a trophy I probably wouldn't go back. I realize the liscence is good for everything now, but I don't benefit from that as I only fish through the ice.

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3/15/15 5:44 PM CST
Late report from Friday the 13th. Two guys out all day and two smallish perch jigging, nothing on tip-ups.

Had the DNR stop buy us and check our licsense which we had and then asked where our ORV stickers were. I never heard of such a thing. I understand a permit for trail riding but for riding an ATV on the ice??? I looked all through the fishing regulations and couldn't find a thing about it, how is someone supposed to know about this if it's not posted at the launches, not in the regulations, etc? I would have had no problem paying for it had I known about it but the Warden wouldn't listen to anything and just wrote us tickets for each machine. He wouldn't even tell us how much the ticket is, we have to call on Monday to find out!

I hope the DNR appreciates the money because it completely ruined our trip, we packed up and headed home. Gladstone lost 2 nights of hotel stay, a bunch of meals, bait, etc. And while I won't say I won't go back this will weigh heavilly on our decision.

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3/14/15 11:45 AM CST
Ice Depth: 19" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
Having a good morning,4 eyes 22 28 29 29 1/2 13' FOW 4" suckers on tip-ups

THE BAIT SHOP GUY
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3/14/15 10:40 AM CST
Sounds like a guy on a sled found open water near Round Island. He got out OK. I was just told there's another snowmobile partly submerged right at the river mouth From this morning. Northwest winds at 15 to 25 are the absolute worst case scenario for that ice down there. At the very least, the cracks will open up quite a bit. At worst, people are going to get a helicopter ride. Be careful!

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3/14/15 1:03 AM CST
what happened tonite at the ford river landing? When I was leaving a squad car and an ambulance showed up and were over by the launch.

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3/12/15 9:26 PM CST
Are most guys fishing at night or is the bite the same day or night?

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3/12/15 9:15 PM CST
Hey how is the ice looking for this weekend? Are people still driving trucks out? I've been downstate for the last week and haven't seen the ice. Thanks

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3/11/15 10:23 PM CST
Beebs hes open till 7 but give him a call

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3/11/15 6:53 PM CST
Hey bait shop guy, how long you open Friday night?

THE BAIT SHOP GUY
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3/11/15 4:13 PM CST
All access sites are good, with the exception of the Vagabond access. No issues with pressure cracks. Drifts are getting knocked down good, but the ice is getting sloppy on top. We're loading up heavy on suckers Thursday. If we make it through the weekend with them, great. If not, oh well.

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3/11/15 7:19 AM CST
Heading out Friday I am very excited for this trip but am a bit concerned about pressure cracks...if they are common around the reefs or any that I may want to look out for. The plan as of now is to drive out by the yellow gate...is the gate still open? Also is there a fee to access the lake?

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