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Old 11-08-2017, 04:55 PM
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Default Twin Valley/Pine Coulee/Clear Lake Report/S

Decided to create a sub thread, for fishers to these lakes. Add reports if you want but please make separate thread on fishing adventures.

Twin Valley is 2 thru 3 inches at two distant locations checked, Ice formation looks decent but personally won't be hitting the ice till the 19th. snow atop is maybe 1/4 inch and that's being generous. though with the above day time temps plus wind coming up conditions might degrade or level out ice rapidly. Overnights will grow maybe 1/2 inch.

Pine Coulee is frozen all but the SE leg of the lake, so if you know how to access or are willing to walk a long long way, you might be able to fish from shore. rest of the lake has what I'd call sketchy grey ice, bubbly with signs of flood ice freezing atop. I personally wouldn't chance pcr for walk on until at least the 25th or further. Bridge area completely frozen for those thinking it might be open for casting. Frozen at boat launch too but sketchy.

Was going to check Clear and with what I gathered from TVR/PCR and the vegetation in Clear, I'd put it in the later part of November for comfy ice trudging.

So for the heavier less nimble over dressed ice fishers, November 25th should be walkable. for the gutsier ice shufflers, pack light and wear flotation or rope off a tinner and report back.

[edit: just checked long term forecast for area and for comfy ice, I'm going to bump the date up to December 1st. Overnights will grow ice but daytimes will degrade with wind and above temps.]
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Old 11-09-2017, 12:54 PM
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Thanks a lot. Appreciate the effort you went through to get this report to us.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:12 AM
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Was hoping to try this weekend but I dont think I will chance it based on this report and the current weather. Thanks for the report and good idea breaking this into an individual post. Maybe next weekend.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:26 AM
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Get out there folks!!!!4" at chesterslough
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:33 PM
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Was hoping to try this weekend but I dont think I will chance it based on this report and the current weather. Thanks for the report and good idea breaking this into an individual post. Maybe next weekend.
The forecast has changed dramatically since my original post. Looking at the forecast now, I would give next Sunday a go pending snowfall,, for twin and clear though. Pine coulee is an interesting body of water so I'd still give it sometime before comfy ice.
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Old 11-18-2017, 07:13 PM
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I would say twin is good to go, though I'd hold out on using skidoos or quads for at least another two weeks. No noticeable heaves or ice sweats [dark wetted patches]. About a half inch of snow. Wanted to add that twin is notorious for thinner ice especially below steep embankments due to subterranean melt, so if those are spots you're focusing on do a few test holes as you go.

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Old 11-18-2017, 08:48 PM
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I would say twin is good to go, though I'd hold out on using skidoos or quads for at least another two weeks. No noticeable heaves or ice sweats [dark wetted patches]. About a half inch of snow. Wanted to add that twin is notorious for thinner ice especially below steep embankments due to subterranean melt, so if those are spots you're focusing on do a few test holes as you go.
Did you catch anything?
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Old 11-18-2017, 09:04 PM
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Did you catch anything?
wasn't planning on heading out there while running errands then decided to go for an afternoon drive. have everything in my car always but hadn't loaded the auger, so argh no. chipped a hole but didn't make it through and had I made it through I wouldn't have made it wide enough to fish.

the last two years at this time it was open water and it was hen heaven.

tomorrow is forecast for heavy wind, might head back on wednesday
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