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Old     (duffmangt)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-04-2010, 8:38 PM Reply   
When does the season start for you if you dont ride year round? Depending on weather I try and get out at the end of march/early april if I can get some sunny days.

This year is abnormally cold in dallas, tx though so waters may be colder longer
Old     (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       01-04-2010, 9:08 PM Reply   
How thick is the ice on your lake? Ha!
Old    dust3313            01-04-2010, 9:08 PM Reply   
Its like 3 degrees in chicago right now. i wont be able to ride until probably may but might get out before then. if i were u i would jump in a wetsuit and get at it now. and what is "abnormally cold" 50s and 60s ?
Old     (duffmangt)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-04-2010, 9:15 PM Reply   
20s :-(
Old     (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       01-04-2010, 9:27 PM Reply   
Last weekend in March or first in April is always my goal here in Central IL.
Old     (bcoutsfly)      Join Date: Aug 2009       01-04-2010, 10:45 PM Reply   
Lake Clinton is good for the first week of March in IL.
Old     (duffmangt)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-04-2010, 11:04 PM Reply   
how cold is the water normally brandon?
Old     (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       01-05-2010, 9:16 AM Reply   
This year it's going to start on Saturday. Should be amazingly cold!
Old     (dlwsrider)      Join Date: Apr 2007       01-05-2010, 9:20 AM Reply   
Well, it's supposed to be -2* on thursday in Fayetteville, butI'm still hoping for late march!
Old     (trdon)      Join Date: Sep 2007       01-05-2010, 9:50 AM Reply   
I am in the minneapolis area and water usually breaks open around the first or secon week of april. I am out within the first few days of ice out. Usually ride every week or 2 then until mid may when I hit it up a couple times a week from then on. Then I hit it harder after labor day because that is typically when a lot of people put their boats away around here and ice is back on around end of november. There is a lot of great 50-60* butter around that time and I am the only one on the lake.
Old     (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004 Location: Minnesnowda       01-05-2010, 3:39 PM Reply   
My season starts next week in SoCal, but in MN we really dont get going till Mid March at the earliest and even then its crazy cold.
Old    benj_t            01-05-2010, 3:45 PM Reply   
In North Carolina we ride without a wetsuit from March through November. Lots of people ride year round around Hyco or Belews Creek or even the eastern part of the state. I try to hit at least one run every month during the winter. Also, Florida isnt too far away so I get to ride down in Orlando some when its too cold here
Old     (chikara22)      Join Date: Oct 2006       01-05-2010, 5:22 PM Reply   
KDuff, I live in the DFW area and usually end season in mid to late January and begin the next season in early March. I rode new years day here out west and it wasn't too bad. Where do you normally ride?
Old     (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       01-05-2010, 6:21 PM Reply   
as soon as the ice clears in Minnesota(mostly clears)...usually late March
Old     (bcoutsfly)      Join Date: Aug 2009       01-05-2010, 7:39 PM Reply   
KDuff, Clinton is a power plant lake, if you ride next to the discharge it's usually 80-85. Usually get my first and last sets of the year there. There's one similar in Texas, I believe it's Lake Fairfield.
Old     (benjaminp)      Join Date: Nov 2008       01-06-2010, 3:48 PM Reply   
Last weekend in April for my part of Canada. But thats wearing a real thick wetsuit and taking some super quick sets. The real season starts about mid May.
Old     (lfxstar)      Join Date: Jul 2001       01-06-2010, 4:32 PM Reply   
This cold front in Florida marked the start of my offseason. It will probably go into mid february then i will start riding again.
Old     (wesley_is_wake)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-07-2010, 11:21 AM Reply   
Brandon C, how long of a run can you make next to the discharge part of the lake? I've only been to Clinton in the summer. It was down to -6 in central Illinois about a day ago. I'll be lucky to get out by early May without a wetsuit in the good ole' Illinois River.
Old     (bill_sloan)      Join Date: Nov 2007       01-09-2010, 6:07 AM Reply   
I'll go as soon as the ice is off the lakes and it's nice.
Sometimes it's early March, other times it's May.
Old     (eternalshadow)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-09-2010, 5:35 PM Reply   
Old     (duffmangt)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-09-2010, 10:49 PM Reply   
will, I normally ride lake worth with occasional visits to lewi...what about you?

Brandon...thats awesome...i would love to ride fairfield if thats the lake!
Old     (baitkiller)      Join Date: Jan 2010       01-10-2010, 1:52 PM Reply   
As soon as the water gets above 80*.

Im a wuss about cold water.
Old     (dizzyg)      Join Date: May 2005       01-22-2010, 12:42 PM Reply   
watched them cut a tree down, onto the ice, then pull up a truck and huge trailer and load it up. Right where we ride! Going to be a while yet.
Old     (riddick)      Join Date: Jan 2010       01-22-2010, 1:01 PM Reply   
if Air + Water = 100 your good. I just worry about random night freezes in early season, so we start around easter and end on halloween.
Old     (spearing)      Join Date: Sep 2005       01-22-2010, 3:57 PM Reply   
Still snowmobiling :-) we jump ice chunks in Michigan around April 1st.

Old     (the_muscle)      Join Date: Feb 2009       01-22-2010, 11:38 PM Reply   
March 1st usually, I bust out the spring suit and it's good to go in Texas


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