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  2. sounds like a hoot. hope to get there.
  3. Hi Wanderer, I am going up this weekend too. Glad the weather will be warm! I will try a different pit this time, but had good luck last year. I hope the fish will be active and hungry.
  4. Today
  5. Thanks Rick! Jeff hope to make it always a good time and laughs when you get a group of great people together. I usally do more jaw jacking then fishing at these things but for me its just as much fun
  6. I will donate a few goodies. I will send it to @Tom Sawyer if he messages me his address.
  7. Catting the chain

    Lol! Smurfy Its not as easy to identify areas like the old days the ice towns in Mertens bay and in front of Steils old house on cedar island aren't there like years of past but she's still the same chain that you grew up on. And IMO better than when we wee younger.
  8. @Roscoe010 I wanted to head that way yesterday but my fishing partner didn’t have that kind of time. If I get there this weekend, I’ll let you know. Or hopefully someone else knows and will reply.
  9. Catting the chain

    i'm considering going out sat to chase walleyes, cats or crappies................OK whatever will bite. whats frustrating is i live 5 mile from the chain, grew up in richmond and all these maps have me confused??????????
  10. Toying with the idea of heading up there Saturday morning. Only been there a couple times, never on the opener.
  11. Anyone go out on the opener? I usually wait a week before heading up there, so curious to hear some ice/fishing reports.
  12. Did any of you check out the pits for winter trout opener last weekend? Thanks!
  13. Will i be warm enough?

    Well hopefully you can still get out with Dad another weekend yet this winter. Building memories are things that last.
  14. Will i be warm enough?

    I upgraded from my Little Buddy to a Portable Buddy (not a Big Buddy which seemed like over kill for a 2-3 man portable). I figured that would work best for my needs. Turns out I was right. The heater warmed my 949i enough that I could fish with my gloves off which was nice. I definitely noticed though as soon as a tank ran out, it got chilly quick since I had a few holes open to allow some fresh air in. My dad chickened out since he would be coming from WI and it was snowing over there still the roads were slick (as they were here also). Also made sense since we didn't know how well the shack would stay warm. So I stayed close to home. I was going to head to Cedar Lake near New Prague since it appears to have a healthy pan fish population to keep me entertained, but the guy I talked to at Prior Lake Bait & Tackle said Prior was a better bet, so I took his advice. I started fishing about 10 am after finding a spot and getting setup in about 20 FOW in the basin away from the crowds. I only managed to connect on a few dink perch, one that was borderline keeper size that I threw back just before heading home about 5:30. I didn't mark a single suspended fish in my spot. I drilled some holes in various depths not far from my shack but still didn't find any marks and got cold and headed back into my warm shack. I had a fathead on a tip up in case a hungry walleye came by but had no takers. A tip I heard recently was to hook them through the butt and out the side, which makes them sort of upside down which they hate so they continue to struggle and move in the water the whole time trying to right them selves. I dropped by camera down and watched this and it seemed to work to keep it moving, although I didn't catch anything so who knows if the fish actually like it.
  15. Not sure what's going on but I'm still loosing track of days. Bouncing around in the red baron, checking on customers ,enjoying the football game at Hillmens Tall tale Tavern man was that fun, getting a few games of pool in last night to practice for my next match. Playing a round of texas hold em with the wells fargo boys in north dakota, visiting with all the customers, moving houses, plowing new roads, plowing old roads, battling mother nature, the winds were howling sunday night after another small dumping of snow. I wrote in my note book on Wednesday the 17th CLOSED. The fishing has been crazy good? Not sure what's that all about but will take it as its so nice to see everyone catching more then a few. Stevejames won my giveaway on Minnesota Outdoorsman, I have been giving a way a free night as a prize on there fishing challenge for a few years. He arrived Friday for old Minnesota with his buddy Mike and there 2 boys Nolan and Ayden. They rented one day so they were here for 2 nights and did real well. I got a great pic of there stringer of fish, It was a treat seeing the kids outside playing ,enjoying the great outdoors. Terry, Sarha ,Carl and Kenny were in florida for 3 nights. They also had a grand time on a grand lake. This was there third year with me. They said they will be back again next year if I will have them? There such nice people, I was able to visit off and on wth them as they fed me breakfast burritos , French dips after the Viking game. Carl got 4 deer so they also brought me a care package of venison. I'm making my coleslaw for them next year and may treat them to a night of my cooking to boot. I mentioned to Sarah the first day she should tie a string to her fishing pole? OOPs darn if it did not go down a hole. Scott the wells fargo boys have also did well, they went to Westwind for fish and the Viking game and also had a hoot. Then when they got back to the house Scott got treated to "yes a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie" A beautiful 14 a half inch masterpiece. Another great group of guys and they got my 10 dollars last night. I played a little to loose and lost all my chips. Mel, Dan and Dane arrived for old Minnesota sunday, I told Dan get a line down first thing. Before they were unpacked they had 2 in the bucket. Yesterday Dane was catching fish on the rattle wheel from the top bunk. They enjoyed Fish for dinner last night as Mel is a master chef, she also fed me hodgepodge for breakfast yesterday. They have been coming up here for 14 years summer and winter. Snowbear Josh headed home for a couple days so I'm taking care of a couple of his guest and they were slaying the fish the last two days. I just talked to Jarred and his buddie Jim they were in montana last night and got there 8. Angie and here hubbie and there friends were in montana sunday. I think they ended up with 9 with there friends, The kids fished in one of Joshes 2 man houses and there friends went home sunday eve,. Mother nature has been kicking my but. Yesterday I plowed off and on all day, cleaning up the drifts. Buddy Hillmens Highway is again in great shape. I expect we will be making more main roads in the next day or two. I did here form Brandon I had set up in a secret spot and they also did real well Friday eve, Ken and his buddies also did well where I plowed them a spot. Throwing darts and hitting bulls eyes feel good. Well its past my starting time. we start at 9, so again its time to check the fluids and hit the ice on such a Grand lake that owes us nothing! Nothing!
  16. Strikemaster will not run

    Needle valve is sticking open or bad diaphragm.
  17. Strikemaster will not run

    Seems to be flooding out. I have pulled the plug after trying to restart and its wet, so yes flooding out.
  18. Strikemaster will not run

    After it dies pull the spark plug. Is it wet or is it dry.
  19. oilandwater Welcome to the forum. Thanks for the report. Any Loopers in the mix with the Coho's?
  20. i want to attend this year and will put it on the calendar been a couple of years since i have been up there .
  21. Anyone fishing this lake? How is the ice and bite?
  22. Only ice is in McQuade harbor and Knife River, and not much at that. Cohos are biting really well on some days for guys fishing off the Two Harbors break wall. Pretty miserable conditions in which to fish, though.... South shore has good ice around Washburn, and a few cohos mixed in with good catches of Browns, spoke, and whitefish. Cohos on MN side have averaged 13-14" this winter.
  23. Power Augers

    I have been using a Strikemaster Lithium Lazer 50v electric auger the last couple years. Very happy with it, but I'm limited to about 70-100 feet of ice drilled per charge, depending on temp/hardness of ice. That's more than enough for most bluegill trips, but it's lacking when the ice gets thick and I'm trying to find walleyes on big water during full-day trips. I find myself not drilling as many holes as I would like in an attempt to ration the charge. I just picked up an Eskimo P1 Rocket 8" propane auger. My buddy has the 10" and it's the best auger I've ever used. If anyone wants to really aerate a lake, the Rocket fits the bill. I'll use this along with the Strikemaster electric to meet all of my drilling needs. I haven't used the Rocket yet. It's in the mail. I'm excited at it's light weight in particular. 26 pounds.
  24. Strikemaster will not run

    Next time you give it a try. Take a flash light and look up to make sure the throttle flapper is returning to the closed position when you let off the gas and it dies. I have had them stick open or half open then your more or less trying to restart it at half or full throttle which may just be flooding it out. It's either starving for gas or flooding. Let us know if you solve it. Good Luck.
  25. I never fished north of Wahpeton. When I fished down there I'd go south. There's normally some walleye biting early in the year south of the main road through town. I don't know how it would be this time of year. I always fished it first ice because that was usually fishable before most lakes. If you do go out I'd recommend bringing someone along and having a chisel along to check ice. That river ice can be very inconsistent.
  26. Strikemaster will not run

    I ordered a rebuild kit from amazon for less than $5.00, so hopefully that will help. YouTube has some videos on installing it. It is an odd thing, if it sits for a while it will start and I can run it. Once I take it off full throttle, it will die and I can't get it to restart. Thanks for the posts so far, I appreciate it.
  27. Strikemaster will not run

    For cleaning carbs I use Gumout spray with the tube on it to shoot through all the passage ways. If I'm finding one not flowing well or clogged I like to use a gas welding tip cleaner. There are a lot of sizes and you don't have to jam something to big through it which could widen and ruin the flow. I got a nice pretty new little chain saw from a guy who just could not get it running for Free. Found that no spray would go through the main jet when I was cleaning the carb. Used the tip cleaner to knock out a piece of saw dust, and clear our Deer trails out really nice this year! Like Wanderer and Borch said, rebuild kits are cheap and a good thing to do if it's been gummed up. p.s those little piss-ant needle flow valve springs are really fun to get back in place with fat fingers! They like to jump off the work bench and hide!!
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