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This winter has been a bitch kitty so far and today is about the worst bitch yet. Not sure how much snow we are going to get today but once I get on my tractor I am going to have a hard time finding space for it all. But the 15 day forecast is encouraging with above freezing daytime temps arriving next Thurs and pretty much staying above that from then on. Of course things look even better in the basin than here on the frozen tundra.

Now the question becomes will some of our higher lakes be open for the April opener and how many will have suffered winter kill.
 

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Shawn:

Where you been, my friend?

I'll be paying attention to the temps. I was the only person, make that idiot person, that spent the night in the snow in 15 degrees a few years back. It was not fun in my cot tent.

Any intel from the dry would certainly get appreciated
 

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Scott, you know I have been super busy... hahahah.... but I have found the truth in the statement from older guys "I am busier now (retired) than when I was working". But I was able to check the fished 40+ days last year at the film festival.

Did some Central Oregon fishing did more Spokane and Central Wa fishing, including a couple trips to Leech. Ran into a couple guys from the board at Leech.

I have been trying not to fish on weekends just to dang many guys... hahahaha... my plan weather and pass permitting to fish the opener till the 9th, then a week off and then back over east at Lenice and Dry Falls until about April 6th. Hope to see you over there!
 

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Scott, you know I have been super busy... hahahah.... but I have found the truth in the statement from older guys "I am busier now (retired) than when I was working". But I was able to check the fished 40+ days last year at the film festival.

Did some Central Oregon fishing did more Spokane and Central Wa fishing, including a couple trips to Leech. Ran into a couple guys from the board at Leech.

I have been trying not to fish on weekends just to dang many guys... hahahaha... my plan weather and pass permitting to fish the opener till the 9th, then a week off and then back over east at Lenice and Dry Falls until about April 6th. Hope to see you over there!
Water Sky Natural landscape Snow Ice cap

I sincerely hope that your friends estimate of 2.5 feet of ice at Potholes area isn't, uh, well what's really there. If so, we're going to need more than @troutpocket's ten days (or so with mild temps) ;-) with wind. Here's Dry Falls this past Monday. It should be ready for you on your trip. Like seeing ice in the shallow bay to the right rather than dried up plants.
 

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Thirty inches of ice sure seems unlikely. @b_illymac , any estimate of the ice thickness on Moses? It's been cold but central WA isn't Minnesota . . . I hope, anyway because I'm really looking forward to open water soon!
I don't think Billy is dumb enough to be an icefisherman, at least I hope he's not, but the ice is reportedly 12 inches. I did see a car out on the ice two weeks ago.
 

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It is in the 70's with a possibility of the low 80's this week in Arizona.

I am betting on March 15th for ice out up there. I don't remember the ice being that thick at all. The winter of 78-79 was pretty ugly. It looks doubtful for leaving Arizona early.

Keep posting pictures!!
 

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I wouldn't put money on them being ice free. But you never know. It's supposed to warm up and stay that way.
 
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This was not a Patrick McManus fishing car, this was a real city vehicle worthy of being insured.
I don't recall the McManus story but one of my former colleagues did cut the floor out of an old Buick and fit it with a removable piece. He drove it out onto the ice (of your fine city), pulled the removable section out, drilled a hole, and proceeded to fish. I guess the second time he drove it out, some guys came up and bought it off him. Now maybe my former colleague was fibbing... but I doubt it. Saw four guys on the ice yesterday by Blue Heron
 
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