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Name: Big D Date: March 17, 2017 Rating:
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Stopped by Rat lake last Friday to check the ice. The ice was running about 10" of good clear ice topped with about 5" of cloudy ice so back up to the truck to grab my gear and the dog. The trout are running a little larger this year than in years past. My limit of 14" cookie cutter rainbows came within about an hour of arriving at the lake. Outside temp was fantastic at about 55 degrees and the sun was out most of the time. I'm planning on running back to Rat lake once more before the ice is gone.

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#1 strider43 says:
March 20, 2017 08:18 AM
Great picture Big D. I go right by there several times a year but have never made it there. How does it fish when the ice is gone?
#2 Big D says:
March 20, 2017 12:08 PM
Rat lake goes to C&R on the first of April thru 30 Nov. Also no internal combustion engines and selective gear rules apply at that time so I haven't fished it in the summer since I was a kid. Back about a hundred years ago, it was our go to lake mostly because it was close to Brewster and we could talk the girls into skinny dipping while we were up there.
#3 strider43 says:
March 20, 2017 12:46 PM
Ha Ha, sounds like you did lots of fishing up there during the spring/summer Big D......
I fish Green lake that has the same split season which I like as I catch and release most trout. When I see the C&R season I suspect good fishing with bigger fish.....When would, in your estimation would the ice be gone?
thanks Strider
#4 Big D says:
March 20, 2017 01:11 PM
I would just be guessing, but I'm thinking it might be safe for a couple more weeks. Maybe into the first week of April. As of Friday there was ten inches of good clear ice topped off with four or five inches of cloudy ice. There was another good hard freeze last Thursday night and if that happens again it will help prolong the ice a little.
#5 afk says:
March 20, 2017 08:43 PM
I take it that lake has been good to you over the years! Thanks for the report. Andy
#6 snohawk says:
March 25, 2017 08:34 PM
Nice work, your fishin partner looks content!
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