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  2. We have Hoey, but it's easier to go off the Warroad access to get to where we normally go.
  3. Sight Fishing

    Nice video. Thank you @papadarv NOTE:We will be updating the forums and all videos uploaded here will go straight to a player that folks can just click and watch instead of downloading and watching.
  4. Sight Fishing

    Out Saturday afternoon doing some sight fishing with my camera on one of Chisago County lakes. Water was a bit dirty and with 26 inches of ice camera clarity was a bit lacking. Did get some nice video of the afternoon. Battery augers failed after a couple of holes so went with the Eskimo gas. Lots of fish above the weeds in 10 FOW. EazyCam site fishingHB.mp4
  5. Weather forecast looks to be consistent starting Wednesday with average temps in the mid 20's. Consistency typically good. Right now anglers are working fish hard and putting fish in the pail. Electronics are playing a huge roll as some walleyes suspended as far as 10 feet below the ice. Most resorts are out in 31' with some in a touch shallower. More saugers in deep mud with walleyes shallower. Reefs to the west also productive with a few perch being pulled in as well. Rattle and flutter action spoons doing well. Gold, pink, and other glow colors best. Pike already active in shallow water. Auger extension needed if fishing on your own with 3+ feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers stay on marked trail, big ice chunks off of trail. Ice houses allowed to be left on lake through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike all year. Rainy River pushing out some bigger walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Local fish houses along the snowmobile trail from Wheeler's Point to Baudette Bay. Morning, evening bite most effective. The NW Angle continues to put nice fish in the bucket. Walleyes and saugers in good numbers. 20-24' early and late, 26-30' during day. In Ontario waters, crappies in deeper holes of 28-32' on light tackle set ups. Mortality rate is high for released crappies in 25' or deeper, catch fish and move on. Walleyes all over! Snowmobile trails on and around the lake are marked and groomed.
  6. Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
  7. This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.
  8. Why not go out of Swift? I nothing about the Warroad access, sorry.
  9. OK - we made it back!!! Every trip is different with it's own potential perils. I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am. My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc... The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones. The day got better 3 to 430pm. Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner. On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early. Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger. Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm. Ice as 3 foot or so. Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice. Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so. Rough ice surely held a lot of snow. The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning. Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph. Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.
  10. Unusual catch

    Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry
  11. Hello from the NW Angle! Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water. Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits. Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere! Until next week, Sunset Lodge
  12. On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
  13. Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction. They are always pretty cool about that. Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good. Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off. It has been slower as of late, but still some fish.. Good luck, JH
  14. Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike. The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
  15. 1/20-1/22

    Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past. Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
  16. Pike help

    Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
  17. Emerald shiners

    Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
  18. Emerald shiners

    they only ran for a couple days. They have them on the canadian side but its illegal to transport live bait across the border
  19. Cliff - much more than the 4-6" they were predicting. It was a tired drive back to Blaine late Saturday night, but would have been a much tougher drive back Sunday.
  20. Panfish Pics

    Tough to follow Ricks Gilly Gilly, but might as well get it out of the way.... My best one today, was a grind until prime time, then the bite was lights out until 6pm. I couldn't pull myself away from my hole....
  21. Green was ok for me I used all kinds of baits. Nothing would bite before it got dark. I caught some on plastics, waxies, and minnows were hot. I was in 27-28 feet. It was nice to sit in the house as I normally do not fish in it.
  22. Unusual catch

    Nice fish Paul, persistence usually pays off..... What worked to put those good ones on the ice? Any tips on structure, depth, time of day? And of coarse coordinates,
  23. JL, Smart move! We must have gotten around a foot of snow today! Cliff
  24. Good for you tview- gives me faith that they do bite a little later. Maybe I was in too deep of water ( 28- 29 ft). gotta have some excuse. Anyway did not go to Elk, but just got back from Lory and Lewis, Lory had active fish bite of very small sunnies and crappies. Ended up on Lewis for the later bite, and caught some marginal size keepers, both sunnies & crappies - pretty slow bite. Had to dodge deer on the way home- they were all over between Dalbo and Bradford on 47.
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