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Old 10-28-2019, 03:23 PM
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Dunno if we can get a sticky on this to keep it at the top of the page, but...

IT BEGINS!!!

I took a drive today, and some of the smaller lakes are starting to freeze over. Muir, Chickakoo, Sauer, and a few others are icing up. Even Devilís Lake had a few feet of ice around the north shore. I would imagine a little farther north and west they are starting to freeze over as well.

It will be a while before the ice is thick enough to venture out on, and remember there is no such thing as safe ice (unless itís in your drink). Stay safe and have fun this winter!
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Old 10-28-2019, 03:29 PM
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Gonna take the boat in for winterizing this weekend and then the hardwater prep begins! Have so many plans and goals for this year, including an entire week in southern Manitoba/NW Ontario at the end of March to really take advantage of March Madness out there. Maybe most importantly, tho, I want to find a true trophy walleye in Alberta this year...they're much rarer than in MB.
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Gonna take the boat in for winterizing this weekend and then the hardwater prep begins! Have so many plans and goals for this year, including an entire week in southern Manitoba/NW Ontario at the end of March to really take advantage of March Madness out there. Maybe most importantly, tho, I want to find a true trophy walleye in Alberta this year...they're much rarer than in MB.
Nice what do you consider a true Alberta walleye trophy

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Old 10-28-2019, 03:57 PM
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Anything under 25" I wouldn't even mention having caught, and for Walleye, "trophy" starts at 28" for me. (In MB, I'd say 30", 'cause there's just so many big greenbacks) I've never even seen one through the ice here (I know the rivers have them, but I'm told they're super rare in lakes in AB, especially south of Edmonton)...

So yeah, TLDR is: Want to get a 28"+ walter through the ice this winter...
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Old 10-28-2019, 08:05 PM
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Gonna take the boat in for winterizing this weekend and then the hardwater prep begins! Have so many plans and goals for this year, including an entire week in southern Manitoba/NW Ontario at the end of March to really take advantage of March Madness out there. Maybe most importantly, tho, I want to find a true trophy walleye in Alberta this year...they're much rarer than in MB.
Awesome! Wouldnít mind a trip to MB again myself! Those Trophy Alberta Walleye are hard to find, but theyíre around!
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:50 AM
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-17*C at home this morning, and all the small lakes are entirely frozen over. Looking forward to first ice!
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:09 PM
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There was a website suggested a few times on here that you could see daily satellite images and watch the ice come or go. Canít find it now.
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Old 10-29-2019, 12:13 PM
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I remember those! Canít remember which website it was either. Iím sure I could dig it up... curious about a few lakes a few hours north already...
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:37 PM
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I think your referring to Ice Detector. It is on the Angler's Atlas website though i don't see that option anymore. I found a youtube vid about it (it says Beta so maybe it is defuct now). Maybe there is a certain data the option is enabled?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nhmMxXu_lI
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Up to date satellite imagery here...

https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentinel-playground/
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Old 10-30-2019, 10:29 AM
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Drove over both the N. Sask and Battle Rivers yesterday. There were ice flows developing on both.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:21 PM
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Already looking forward to ZipnZ's Sylvan ice reports!!
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Old 10-30-2019, 03:31 PM
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Already looking forward to ZipnZ's Sylvan ice reports!!
X2 - waiting for the Zippy and Bwack updates. looking forward to first ice white fish at Sylvan.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:20 PM
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I'd really like to be on at Sunsetter for walleye before Christmas....
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:05 PM
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Already looking forward to ZipnZ's Sylvan ice reports!!
Tks .... taken on Oct 28th, but, not my pic. Season closes here tomorrow, looking forward to getting out for first ice Whites.


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X2 - waiting for the Zippy and Bwack updates. looking forward to first ice white fish at Sylvan.
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Old 10-31-2019, 01:55 PM
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I think weíll start seeing some reports this week from guys making the trek to higher elevation and outlying lakes. I know a few people are out on lakes towards Hinton!
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:33 PM
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dugouts at work are frozen over, no fish in them unfortunately
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:38 PM
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Almost a foot on an alpine lake I was on today. Made chopping with the hatchet a bit of a chore! Closes at midnight until July unfortunately.
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:15 AM
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Anything under 25" I wouldn't even mention having caught, and for Walleye, "trophy" starts at 28" for me. (In MB, I'd say 30", 'cause there's just so many big greenbacks) I've never even seen one through the ice here (I know the rivers have them, but I'm told they're super rare in lakes in AB, especially south of Edmonton)...

So yeah, TLDR is: Want to get a 28"+ walter through the ice this winter...
I would argue that there are far more trophy walleye south of Edmonton than north and by south, I mean south of highway 1...
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:16 AM
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I would argue that there are far more trophy walleye south of Edmonton than north and by south, I mean south of highway 1...
Newell is just one example and there are many many more.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:29 AM
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there are plenty of trophy walleye north of Highway 1 as well... just a lot harder to find!

I'll get a measurement on the ice at home on the lake today and report back.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:26 AM
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At the other end of the spectrum, anyone know if it's possible to get a boat in at McGregor? I'd like to do one more open water day.
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:36 PM
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Newell is just one example and there are many many more.
Yeah, Newell I've heard about some big 'uns in there. I'll do some research on other lakes that have 'em...
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Old 11-01-2019, 12:50 PM
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No go on a report for McGregor, but the ice at home was just over 2Ē thick this morning 20 feet off shore. As the overnight temps drop this week ahead Iíll report back.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:14 PM
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Default only ice in the drinks here in Portugal

an ice thread, crap, we left southern Alberta for Portugal a couple of weeks ago and the wind was howling and 15 above, here in the Algarve it is above 20 day and night but they keep bringing me fish with the eyeballs staring at me and all the bones in - rather have my nicely filleted pike from ice fishing - huh - all this talk about ice fishing is getting me homesick - but the beer is pretty good to wash down the sea bass
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:13 PM
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2 inches on the inlet at keho,, half the lake frozen. the odd spot to chuck a line. lots of broken ice at shore, too much to pull a fish past. could still load a boat if you needed though.
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Old 11-02-2019, 02:50 PM
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chestermere lake looked all frozen from the bridge south this morning
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Old 11-02-2019, 07:26 PM
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clear lake is frozen
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:04 PM
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Don't suppose the weight of all this snow is going to help the ice trying to freeze right now, eh? Yeeeeeeesh.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:46 PM
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Looks like Big Lake outside St Albert is covered, Saour and Chicacoo are covered
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