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    Default Ice thickness on kenai peninnsula lakes?

    I am curious If anybody has been ice fishing near kenai/Soldotna or nikiski lately? I live in homer so I would like to know how the warm temps have affected the lakes before I drive up.

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    A friend reported 8-12 inches at lower skilak lake today
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    Default Ice thickness on kenai peninnsula lakes?

    I've never fished lower Skilak. I have always gone to the smaller lakes but always wanted to fish there. What's the best way, by snow machine or can you walk in from the lower camp grounds on the loop road?
    Sounds like fun though, bet there are some nice trout. Any other species that can be caught?
    Thanks for the ice info!

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    Lower camp ground , you drive right to the lake , an down the lake is where most of the fishing goes on , the only reason you would use a maching is because you don't want or cant walk to where you want to fish , you should check with the rangerrs about running a machine in the park . it would make there day if the park was closed an you ran a maching in there an they caught you at it ,

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    Once the refuge opens up you are fine to ride a snomachine out there however you can not take a four Wheeler out there even though you will have f&g ride theirs out to check licenses if there is not enough snow to ride their sleds out. If you do ride out watch out for holes in the ice I almost lost my sled about two years ago. If I had not been on a long paddle track I think I would have gotten wet.
    The best fishing I have found on skilak is right where the river leaves the Lake. It's probably about a mile walk from the lower launch.

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    A friend told me that there was almost 2 feet of ice on Island Lake.....
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    Drilled a hole on a medium sized lake down swan lake rd last week. 2 ft


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    I found about 22" on Spirit Lake today. Trucks are navigating the lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0321Tony View Post
    Once the refuge opens up you are fine to ride a snomachine out there however you can not take a four Wheeler out there even though you will have f&g ride theirs out to check licenses if there is not enough snow to ride their sleds out. If you do ride out watch out for holes in the ice I almost lost my sled about two years ago. If I had not been on a long paddle track I think I would have gotten wet.
    The best fishing I have found on skilak is right where the river leaves the Lake. It's probably about a mile walk from the lower launch.

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    So what About trucks driving on Skilak lake instead of snow machines, I know in the past people would drive out there.

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    Was out on hidden and found 20 to 26 inches of ice

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    Default Re: Ice thickness on kenai peninnsula lakes?

    Quote Originally Posted by akwchil View Post
    So what About trucks driving on Skilak lake instead of snow machines, I know in the past people would drive out there.
    The people that live on the islands have special rights to do so. At least that's what I was told by a f&g officer that was out checking my license. I asked the same question.

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