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Aidi
Posted: Jan 03, 2020 - 09:45 am


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Happy new year fellow members. Does any one know ice situation on lake of bays ice? Baysville area

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Posted: Jan 03, 2020 - 05:14 pm


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I would assume you can still use a boat. Only small lakes are barely safe if that for careful foot travel. I might try a much smaller lake on Sunday after a bit of cold Saturday night but even then I'll be on foot with the floater suit, ice picks and drilling test holes as I go, might be 8'' ice at shore but 2'' in the middle where it was still open water. LOB is too deep with too much current for me to even consider it yet. Need at least a few nights of calm and -20 for the bigger deep lakes.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2020 - 05:30 pm


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Perhaps Peninsula Lake just north of Lake of Bays might be better, I mean ice wise.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2020 - 10:16 pm


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Big lakes are screwed!! Donít even think of it unless you know the area well.
Someone will go in this weekend! Play safe.

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Drew
Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 08:17 am


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So, anyone wanna buy a vex, augers, a boat, canoes, ice shack??
They're pretty much all useless at the moment!

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Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 10:33 am


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QUOTE (Drew @ Jan 04, 2020 - 08:17 am)
So, anyone wanna buy a vex, augers, a boat, canoes, ice shack??
They're pretty much all useless at the moment!

So true!!
Skidoo, hut and trailer. All ready to go sitting in driveway!!

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tjames
Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 01:33 pm


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QUOTE (Aidi @ Jan 03, 2020 - 10:45 am)
Happy new year fellow members. Does any one know ice situation on lake of bays ice? Baysville area

You can see all the Muskoka lakes are open water, even Peninusla by the looks of it:

https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?v=-80...-T13%3A43%3A39Z

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Drew
Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 05:21 pm


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You must be able to see through clouds...peninsula isn't too visible there.

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Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 05:54 pm


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QUOTE (Drew @ Jan 04, 2020 - 08:17 am)
So, anyone wanna buy a vex, augers, a boat, canoes, ice shack??
They're pretty much all useless at the moment!

I could use that gear here in Sudbury !!

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tjames
Posted: Jan 04, 2020 - 09:18 pm


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QUOTE (Drew @ Jan 04, 2020 - 06:21 pm)
You must be able to see through clouds...peninsula isn't too visible there.

You are correct, I mixed up peninsula and Skelton lake.

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simsima
Posted: Jan 05, 2020 - 09:40 am


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a lot of local lakes are ice covered, safe ice is another question. But I have seen people out.

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Posted: Jan 05, 2020 - 07:51 pm


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Followed snowmobile tracks out today only to see open water in a couple spots right beside me, floater suit and picks recommended!

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Posted: Jan 05, 2020 - 09:58 pm


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Drove past LOB today from Dorset through to Baysville and there is quite a bit of ice coverage even on the larger parts of the lake, but no clue how thick the ice. Didn't see anyone on the ice. Around Dorset and Baysville it is very open and as such the ice build up around the shores there is all pack ice and crappy looking. Some of the back lakes in that area have up to 10" of ice, mainly good black ice with about 2" of white ice at the top. Of course that varies from lake to lake due to currents and springs.

I had some really good marks where I was, but couldn't get them to commit. Mind you I only made it out for an hour or so, but at least I managed to get out with my son for that time.

Be safe and spud away!!

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Posted: Jan 06, 2020 - 06:39 pm


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QUOTE (onthehook @ Jan 05, 2020 - 09:58 pm)
Drove past LOB today from Dorset through to Baysville and there is quite a bit of ice coverage even on the larger parts of the lake, but no clue how thick the ice. Didn't see anyone on the ice. Around Dorset and Baysville it is very open and as such the ice build up around the shores there is all pack ice and crappy looking. Some of the back lakes in that area have up to 10" of ice, mainly good black ice with about 2" of white ice at the top. Of course that varies from lake to lake due to currents and springs.

I had some really good marks where I was, but couldn't get them to commit. Mind you I only made it out for an hour or so, but at least I managed to get out with my son for that time.

Be safe and spud away!!

Great report, I was working around the lake today and basically same report.
There are ice in areas, not much but there is some... just play safe.

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Aidi
Posted: Jan 08, 2020 - 03:58 pm


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Great reports guys. Keep them coming. Looks like it will b late start for deeper/bigger lakes. Tight lines

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