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buckneged
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3/25/15 10:57 AM CST
Water is coming up quickly making shorelines hazardous. There was a UTV that went thru near Rock island Sunday morning that we watched em winch out for a few hours thru the spotting scope. Very few people venturing out Sunday at all. Ice is pulpy and full of cracks. Time to hang it up for the year.

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3/19/15 11:25 AM CST
All 3 occupants made it out of the vehicle safely. The vehicle was recovered from 25 feet of water on Tuesday and has been hauled off the property. Please be careful out there. This could have been a (much worse) tragedy.

Tom

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3/18/15 9:46 AM CST
Tom -

Did everyone get out of their vehicles ok after they broke through??

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3/16/15 3:17 PM CST
Follow-up to my last post----I checked out the scene of a submerged pick-up this morning near Paradise Island. The recovery team was out working and the ice where the truck went through was less than 6" thick. There are some other open water spots and areas of weak ice in the Indian Point vicinity. Please use caution and avoid this area!! The recovery team mentioned that someone else with a pick-up drove fairly close to this location yesterday. I'm sure there are other spots showing up on the flowage where the ice is also bad. Remember folks, this isn't like your typical lake. The water is always moving in the Willow and there are areas where there are bottle necks or where channels converge (like the Paradise Island area). This moving water weakens the ice significantly---not to mention temps in the mid 50's with lots of sunshine...

Thanks for reading, Tom Shockley

Willow Flowage Property Manager

Tom Shockley
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3/16/15 9:09 AM CST
Hi Folks, Just FYI, there have been a couple of vehicles that have broken through the ice in the Paradise Island area (off tip of Indian Point). Travel in this area is NOT advised! Please use caution out there as the ice is getting dangerously thin in some locations.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments. Thanks.

Tom Shockley

Willow Flowage Property Manager

tom.shockley@wisconsin.gov

715-356-5211 ext. 259

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3/8/15 9:05 PM CST
One bite on Friday. Road is plowed (at least to the 4 islands) but good luck getting around the 3.5' snow bank. Had to shovel out once by North Bay. Good luck getting shacks off if you dont have a plow. Slush is going to get worse as the weather warms.

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3/6/15 7:20 PM CST
Road currently plowed to four islands. Single lane. From there to indian bay, there is a two track with a few trucks out to deer island. Keep it moving, you should make it.

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2/26/15 8:01 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 6° - 10° F
A few trucks to indian bay today. I did take my truck out aways and was able to travel off the beaten path ok. Snowpack is hard. Drifts are hard and will catch you a bit but did not get stuck. Fishing was slow this afternoon.

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2/25/15 9:20 PM CST
Here fishy fishy. Here we come hope to find some action. 3 days in paradise will report back on Sunday. Hey Bucknaked if you stop at willow haven in the evening and see a motley looking crew ask if bear lake is there. The bald guy (with the cool hat) and let me buy you a beer for all the great Intel you contribute. Looks like good weather its going to be 8. :-)

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2/23/15 11:17 PM CST
Hurts to hear that last report don't care much about getting around. More intreasted in getting on some fish. Most of us get this one weekend to get some ice action. Not looking for the honey hole but would like to be pointed in the right direction. Pm me if you have some ideas to start us out. Best colors, minnows, spikes,wax worms, c4. Any info would be appreciated.

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2/22/15 9:26 AM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Conditions: Sunny
Snowmobile travel recommend, high winds have drifted in everything and really made some hard snowdrifts. Slush pockets are still around also. If driving out bring sand, shovels and friends cuz your gonna need them. FYI worst bite I have experienced in 8 yrs.

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2/21/15 9:08 PM CST
Bump.

bearlake16
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2/18/15 8:38 PM CST
Burrr this should freeze up the slush -30+ with the wind hope the trails don't drift to bad. Hope to make out to Indian bay next week. Any info would be great. Be safe out there in this weather. <:{(((((({{{~<€

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Mk117
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2/16/15 8:39 AM CST
Esox-phish - Nice report! Makes me feel better about having stayed home and warm this weekend. Wink

Sounds like nature and the Willow won, but you did too. You made it off safe, didn't lose your gear, and have a good story to tell.

Good luck next time.

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2/15/15 4:04 PM CST
Ice Depth: 16" Air Temp: Below 0° F
Mother Nature won on Saturday. How disappointing, we were looking forward to a big day on the Willow on Saturday and didn't let ourselves get deterred with the weather forecast. We tried to go out and were glad we did, but didn't have anything to show for it except wind-whipped faces and numb fingers.

Travel was surprisingly ok -- we stuck on the road to Indian Bay and only had to shovel out once all day. Conditions at 5:30 were hairy enough by truck; by noon the winds were doing a number on trails and roads. I'd assume by now everything is drifted over.

We had 4 flags over a few hours; I'd guess most of those were from the wind. Tough to even maintain holes in the wind and cold. Lowlight of the day was having my portable pop-up tent shack rip right off the anchors on the ice! Haven't ever seen that happen. Luckily I had it bungeed down to my auger, otherwise it would be halfway to South Dakota by now.

Mother Nature and the Willow won on Saturday.

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