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buckneged
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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.

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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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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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2/13/15 11:10 PM CST
Here comes the wind, Brr. Wonder how big the drifts are going to get. If anyone goes out this weekend please report on the travel conditions. Have 10 guys coming up end of the month would like to give them a heads up sled or ATV. Most have ATVs Any action looking for crappies and walleyes. Big pike is always a goal. Are we there yet? Excited to go! Cool

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2/11/15 6:05 AM CST
Thanks for the report YSHACK you da man!

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2/10/15 10:38 PM CST
I pulled my shack off the Willow on Sunday. If I wouldn't have had chains on my truck, a buddy in a 2nd truck, and shovels, I'd still be there. The road to the North end was drifted over with a crust that I could walk on, making it impassable. Traveling off the plowed roads is fair, until you hit slush or a drift. So, it is possible to get out and fish, but you might not be able to get to your favorite spot.

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2/10/15 1:37 PM CST
Travel improved a bit in the last week. Some snow settled. The road that was there last week drifted shut. It was opened on again over the weekend but with any snow, I would expect it closed again. Off the road you will get mixed results (as of sunday anyway)- Places will catch you and stop you, other places snow is packed or minimal and you are fine. I have stopped driving and am working snowmobile only as it seems the best way to get around for us.

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2/10/15 1:27 PM CST
Anyone been out on the ol' Willow lately? Coming up for a frigid Saturday of fishing, and wondering if travel on the lake has improved or gotten worse...last reports indicated that even truck travel was pretty bad, lots of vehicles getting stuck. Any tracks or trails to follow? I see snow is forecasted before the cold, so I'm assuming travel will be tough.

How much snow is on the ice? Thanks, all! Cool

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2/2/15 11:33 AM CST
Travel is the main issue again. Very few trucks getting anywhere even in pairs. Some atv traffic. We were ok with all 4 chained on a sportsman but the drifts will catch you and bottom you out. Snowmobile travel good. There is some plowed roads going out with a few wet spots. Many opting to turn around when the get there as the spots look pretty intimidating. Fishing has been slow. Seems to be the norm this year.

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2/1/15 10:37 PM CST
Fished Saturday. Travel was tough as we got stuck several times with a our 4X4 trucks even when following the same trail we've been using for weeks. The snow now has a very hard crust in many areas. Also, there are scattered slush spots that will give you grief. If you stay on the main trails and don't venture too far off you should be okay, but bring shovels and some friends to help you out. Fished for eyes and pike with little results.

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