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  • basspro23basspro23
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    My guess is late November. This current cool weather is giving me the itch..

    Avatarkenhump
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    Most of the water in NW Iowa bottomed out in mid to upper 40s this morning.

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    OldbearOldbear
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    Mine is a month later.

    Mayor of Hickory Grove

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    AvatarMr.Seaguar
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    The weather has been cool. The forecast is even cooler. I’d be surprised if there was no safe ice in Iowa before Thanksgiving. This is the coolest pheasant opener that I can remember.

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    the 15 day forecast for my area is not promising, lows in the upper 20’s-low 30s. My guess is safe ice the first day of Second shotgun season.

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    I cant remember the last time I duck hunted the south zone and had to break more than skim ice in October. But such was my weekend just now. Some of the thickest spots on the pond maybe were approaching 3/8″. Definitely enough that my shins are screaming today and retrieving cripples was awful 👿

    I say early December north of 80 will have fishable ice. Prob sooner north of 20.

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    Quote by: speng5

    I cant remember the last time I duck hunted the south zone and had to break more than skim ice in October. But such was my weekend just now. Some of the thickest spots on the pond maybe were approaching 3/8″. Definitely enough that my shins are screaming today and retrieving cripples was awful 👿

    I say early December north of 80 will have fishable ice. Prob sooner north of 20.

    Breaking ice sucks! I used to have a roofing shovel that I cut the handle in about half for cutting ice then sliding it under the outside of the hole.

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    Quote by: speng5

    I cant remember the last time I duck hunted the south zone and had to break more than skim ice in October. But such was my weekend just now. Some of the thickest spots on the pond maybe were approaching 3/8″. Definitely enough that my shins are screaming today and retrieving cripples was awful 👿

    I say early December north of 80 will have fishable ice. Prob sooner north of 20.

    Breaking ice sucks! I used to have a roofing shovel that I cut the handle in about half for cutting ice then sliding it under the outside of the hole.

    Stupid me didn’t give the night time lows enough thought, I showed up with zero tools to break ice (expecting MAYBE some skim ice) and didn’t even have water proof gloves. Was stuck with just my shins, fists, and a stick that broke a little shorter about every 5th whack. I am definitely showing up prepared next time.

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    I cant remember the last time I duck hunted the south zone and had to break more than skim ice in October. But such was my weekend just now. Some of the thickest spots on the pond maybe were approaching 3/8″. Definitely enough that my shins are screaming today and retrieving cripples was awful 👿

    I say early December north of 80 will have fishable ice. Prob sooner north of 20.

    Breaking ice sucks! I used to have a roofing shovel that I cut the handle in about half for cutting ice then sliding it under the outside of the hole.

    Stupid me didn’t give the night time lows enough thought, I showed up with zero tools to break ice (expecting MAYBE some skim ice) and didn’t even have water proof gloves. Was stuck with just my shins, fists, and a stick that broke a little shorter about every 5th whack. I am definitely showing up prepared next time.

    Yesterday I waded out in the pond, which had more water in it than I had anticipated, and my gloves were in my wader hand pouch so I didnt have gloves

    WidowmakerWidowmaker
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    I hope you guys are right about early December ice, but I’m guessing Christmas.

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    In MN on the north side of the metro area I am betting I am out 2nd weekend in Dec. Will be walkable ice by thanksgiving, likely wont be out that early though

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    Dec 1st

    Avatarkenhump
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    Quote by: speng5

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    I cant remember the last time I duck hunted the south zone and had to break more than skim ice in October. But such was my weekend just now. Some of the thickest spots on the pond maybe were approaching 3/8″. Definitely enough that my shins are screaming today and retrieving cripples was awful 👿

    I say early December north of 80 will have fishable ice. Prob sooner north of 20.

    Breaking ice sucks! I used to have a roofing shovel that I cut the handle in about half for cutting ice then sliding it under the outside of the hole.

    Stupid me didn’t give the night time lows enough thought, I showed up with zero tools to break ice (expecting MAYBE some skim ice) and didn’t even have water proof gloves. Was stuck with just my shins, fists, and a stick that broke a little shorter about every 5th whack. I am definitely showing up prepared next time.

    That is about what I’m thinking. Over the years thanksgiving weekend is better than 50-50. Not main lakes but bays and ponds.

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