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  2. I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used?
  3. This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.
  4. Scopes during muzzle loading

    I would trade my crossbow for normal bow any day
  5. Scopes during muzzle loading

    That's correct. For now.
  6. We did well today from 1-4pm on an underwater point. Finally found some fish in a semi-sheltered area. Last few days have been tough to control the small light boat with all the wind. Most caught on pink jigs in 21-30ft. Cliff I did try the circle hook lindy today with the big minnow and nailed the first bite I had. Next 2 bites grabbed it hard but dropped it. Work in progress!
  7. Yesterday
  8. Any where from 12' to 30' humps. Bass and a few walleyes setting up on top and sides of these humps. Cliff
  9. Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 23. “The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we’re optimistic that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Department of Natural Resources. “Wetland habitat conditions and wild rice lakes are in pretty good shape. Canada goose populations remain high as well, so there’s lots of opportunity to hunt geese this fall.” Duck seasons and limits The duck season structure is similar to recent years. The waterfowl seasons are based on a federal framework that applies to all states in the Mississippi Flyway. Waterfowl hunting regulations are available wherever DNR licenses are sold and online at mndnr.gov/regulations/hunting. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones: In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Tuesday, Nov. 21. In the central zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 1, closes for five days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 7, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 26. In the south zone, duck season is Sept. 23 through Oct. 1, closes for 12 days, then reopens Saturday, Oct. 14, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 3. The daily duck bag limit remains six per day. The mallard bag limit remains four per day, including no more than two hen mallards. The daily bag limits are three for wood duck and scaup; and two for redheads, canvasbacks and black ducks and one for pintails. The DNR will post a weekly waterfowl migration report each week during the duck season. The reports are typically posted on Thursday afternoon at mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Goose and sandhill crane seasons Minnesota’s goose season will reopen in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 23, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20. “Light geese” include snow, blue and Ross’s geese. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed. The season for sandhill cranes remains open through Sunday, Oct. 22 in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license. More information on duck, goose, sandhill crane and other migratory bird hunting is available in the 2017 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations booklet from license vendors and online at mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  10. Citizens interested in volunteering to discuss Lake of the Woods fish and habitat can apply to participate in the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Applications must be completed by Monday, Oct. 10, and are available online at mndnr.gov/lakeofthewoods. “Input provided by this group will be used to update the Lake of the Woods Fisheries Management Plan for 2018 to 2023,” said Phil Talmage, Baudette area fisheries supervisor. “Volunteers will give valuable stakeholder perspectives regarding important fisheries and habitat protection strategies for Lake of the Woods and the surrounding watershed,” Talmage said. Group members will meet five or six times between December and May to cover topics including walleye and sauger management, sportfish population objectives, habitat priorities and invasive species. Talmage said protecting the high quality resources within Lake of the Woods is important. “While walleye in Lake of the Woods are a big focus of the DNR’s management efforts, the lake also offers a wide range of fishing and other recreational opportunities that are vital to local communities, important to northern Minnesota and of significant value statewide,” Talmage said. For additional information on the Lake of the Woods fisheries input group and the self-nomination process, contact the DNR Baudette area fisheries office, 218-634-2522. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  11. Frozen mid-step in the woods, trying to remain undetected in pursuit of squirrels or rabbits – while the pose may seem like yoga, it’s often part of hunting small game. Yet those careful and deliberate movements of yoga do have some parallels with how a hunter learns to move through the woods, and teaching the basics through small game hunting is the focus of Take a Kid Hunting Weekend this Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24. During the weekend, adult Minnesota residents accompanied by a youth younger than age 16 can hunt small game without a license, but must comply with open seasons, limits and other regulations, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “Small game hunting is an excellent way to introduce youth to hunting,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “Starting out pursuing squirrels or rabbits builds essential skills used later on for hunting big game like deer. And for someone new to hunting, it can be a lot of fun.” Adults can help youth have a good experience by listening to what youth need, and together they can learn the lessons of the forests and fields, added Kurre. “We encourage adults to keep on mentoring young hunters after this weekend concludes, because often that’s what will keep them going back year after year,” Kurre said. For more information on small game hunting and hunting regulations, visit mndnr.gov/hunting/smallgame. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  12. Recreational netting for whitefish-tullibee opens on Friday, Oct. 13, on designated lakes that are less susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperature, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A $10 license is needed to sport gillnet tullibee or whitefish. The season is open to Minnesota residents only. These lakes, known as Schedule II lakes, offer recreational netting on the following schedule: Schedule II A lakes open Friday, Oct. 13, and close Sunday, Dec. 3. Schedule II B lakes open Friday, Nov. 3, and close Sunday, Dec. 10. Schedule II C lakes open Friday, Nov. 10, and close Sunday, Dec. 10. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to factors that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. The DNR recommends drying nets for 10 days or freezing for two days before moving a net to a new lake, or netting only one lake in a season. Netting in infested waters may be restricted or closed to sport netting of whitefish and tullibee. See the fishing regulations for list of infested waters or online at mndnr.gov/invasives/ais/infested.html. A complete list of all Schedule I and II lakes, status of the seasonal openings and closures, as well as detailed netting regulations are available online at mndnr.gov/regulations/fishing or by calling the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 in the Twin Cities or 888-646-6367 in greater Minnesota. About 700 people obtain permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water. Minnesota law restricts the size of the net and its openings; requires that netting be done in water not deeper than 6 feet unless specifically authorized; stipulates that netted fish cannot be sold; and requires that any game fish caught must be immediately returned to the lake. State law also limits net size to 100 feet long and 3 feet deep; allows one person to use no more than one net; and forbids recreational netters from possessing angling equipment when netting whitefish-tullibee. Whitefish and tullibee harvested during the sport gillnetting season cannot be used for bait. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  13. Artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Walleye Stamp from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 20. The voluntary walleye stamp validation costs $5 but is not required to fish for or keep walleye. For an extra 75 cents, purchasers will be mailed the pictorial stamp. A pictorial collectable stamp without the validation is available for $5.75. Walleye stamps are available year-round and are not required to be purchased at the same time as fishing licenses. “Walleye stamps help fund an account used only for walleye stocking,” said Neil Vanderbosch, fisheries program consultant for the Department of Natural Resources. “We use the money to buy walleye from certified private producers that we stock in lakes.” The stamp contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. The walleye must be the primary focus of the design, though other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota lakes and rivers. Artists are not allowed to use any photographic, digital, or electronic imagery product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at DNR Headquarters, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155. Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, by calling the Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367, and online at www.mndnr.gov/stamps Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
  14. This Saturday is our kick-off ice fishing event of the year! Stop out and join in the fun! Looking forward to sharing the day with all of you and showing off all the new ice gear for the upcoming season! Also seminars, prizes, tricked-out portable fish houses, and much, much more!!! See you there!!! Event goes during store hours, so 8am-5pm!!
  15. 14th Annual Portable Modification Get Together

    This Saturday is our kick-off ice fishing event of the year! Stop out and join in the fun! Looking forward to sharing the day with all of you and showing off all the new ice gear for the upcoming season! Also seminars, prizes, tricked-out portable fish houses, and much, much more!!! See you there!!! Event goes during store hours, so 8am-5pm!!
  16. Some of the best walleye action is going on now, big bass have been found on some of the deeper humps and gradual sand/gravel drop offs.
  17. Happy Dance Time

    The birds were running off the trails and getting back in the bush quick. Finn did his job but the birds were so far back in the bush I could not see them. I went two for two yesterday but had 5 low flyers and some I heard but did not see. I sure love the north woods. PS there is a lot of moose running around I seen 4. Lots of tracks on the trails as well. Fall colors are popping so there is big numbers of people driving the back roads. I seen one accident I dodge truck flew past me and about a mile down the road a Cadillac and the said dodge met. Please slow down on the little back roads.
  18. Thanks for the report Cliff. I'm headed up Wednesday for a combo smallmouth/walleye trip. How is the bass bite? Are they headed to deeper points and humps or are some fish on shoreline structure and docks?
  19. Sunset Lodge

     

     

  20. Scopes during muzzle loading

    I believe that cross bows are still only allowed if you are 60 and over or have a medical issue....
  21. 9.18.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report Hello from the Northwest Angle! This week we experienced temps in the low 60’s and a lot of wind. Surface water temps have dropped to the upper 50’s making it to the low 60’s by evening. Fall foliage is in effect and fishing is phenomenal! Minnesota walleyes can be located rather quickly with a Rapala or good electronics, then jigged up with pink/white or gold, tipped with a shiner or fathead anywhere from 17-24ft, shallower in the evening. Canadian walleyes are being caught by crappie anglers. Many crappies are being found schooled off of larger protruding points, fooled by a jig and minnow setup. The biggest walleyes are still being caught by Rapalas in 10-22’, including our biggest walleye of the week; a dandy 29.” Big fish were falling to jerk baits early in the week, with blade baits bringing more fish to the boat recently. Traditional shallow, wind-blown rocks with access to deep water nearby have been the most productive spots. The largest guest fish this week was a beautiful 50” Muskie with a couple more at or near 4 feet. We hope to see you soon! Sunset Lodge
  22. We did OK yesterday from noon to 4:00pm using bait rigs with minnows and also by snap-jigging 1/2 oz. fire tiger colored jigs with a minnow in 18' to 20' depths, mud/sand bottom. Looks like the jigging bite may be starting on the East end! Cliff
  23. Slug gun question

    Those SST's shoot really good I love them wont ever switch And I agree with you on the 20g my next purchase is going to be the Savage 220 bolt action 20g that thing is a sniper
  24. Happy Dance Time

    My buddy who went out in wi shot one he said he jumped many more but like you said he told me they were all flying low
  25. This may be in some reg somewhere but I sure as He!! would not try proving the law and playing chicken with a freeking Barge, they don't yield or turn on a football field of Dimes! Move your ars out of the way and like Wanderer suggested keep your bow pointed into any wave or wake they are leaving. In a tight river I would not try and go by or beach on or next to shore as they can suck down and then push up a lot of water in the whole river before and after they pass by. Stay safe.
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  27. Scopes during muzzle loading

    What a farce allowing scopes on muzzleloaders. This is suppose to be a primative weapon season , with a primitive weapon ,with powder , and a ball . The use of modern powder pellets , and now scopes .How is this happening ? Another Mn DNR bogus mistake .... the only way this should happen is if one chooses to use a muzzleloader during the firearms season . Also allowing cross bows for archery , another DNR bogus mistake . A weapon of that nature is not a bow and arrow as we all now it , and again that's what that type of season was meant to be... I agree with schmoe147 that it all about money , with the trend downward in license sales , and nothing to do with wildlife maintenance.. our DNR is weak to allow this type of thing to happen.
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