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Ice cover on lakes statewide is quickly melting. Late season ice anglers should use extreme caution and travel foot, carefully avoiding areas with open water as shown in the photo. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Early ice-out is probable this year

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Ice conditions have rapidly declined over the past week and what should be prime time for ice anglers...still is. For today.

A week ago anglers were safely driving their full sized trucks across lakes in the northern third of Minnesota.

This past week Cass County Sheriff's Deputies were stationed at various Leech Lake public accesses. The perch were biting in some key areas, but the Deputies weren't allowing vehicle travel. ATV or foot travel was permitted.

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