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  1. Funii

    I found your gear!

    I'm reaching out to find the owners of some fishing gear. I'm sure they were sickened to find their gear was missing when the got home or to the lake. To hopefully cut down on false claims, all I will say is I found it yesterday afternoon. Contact me with the details of gear and location where lost I've also posted on Facebook. Please spread the word please!
    11 likes
  2. Rick G

    Big ones

    Hit a tiny little lake that holds a few giants. Took all day to find them. Only got a couple, but all huge...all released 20161229_102741.mp4
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  3. Well we did not kill em today but we managed a few bites. My son had a blast. Beautiful day on the lake to run around with the sled.
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  4. walleye42

    So slow it hurts.

    I read on every forum how LOTW and Red you can't catch fish and we are all worried about the status of the lake. I think people's perception's have really changed as well as expectations have gone through the roof for some guys. Fishing is still fishing and if you hit the weather wrong it could be a bust. We all expect so much now. We have all these forums and TV's shows that make it seem so easy and we should have 100 fish day's. I think fishing is as good today but we expect more. Guys complain about only catching 20-25. 20-25 is not a bad day, that is decent action. We all live in a now world and can get whatever we want delivered to us in 1 day, immediate updates on news, weather, sports. We all also have 1000 times more money invested into all our crap than our dad's did so we expect to be better. Just remember the fishing industry is 1 big marketing game, I wont use names as to not offend sponsors but if you buy product X and it is a good product that lasts they need to come out with x.1 that is "better" or else there is no need for you to buy a new one and they dont sell anything. At the end of the day we are all chasing a mindless creature that has 2 goals in life, eat and reproduce and that is it. They dont care you are using the dingle danger 5000 to try to catch them nor are they smart enough to bite on your line vs your buddies lines who has a 30 year old lure on it. Also remember when you fished with your dad in the old days you would have never even caught 25 in day, you would have caught your limit of 12 and headed in, meat on the table was what it was about, who fished for fun?
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  5. ANYFISH2

    Finally!

    Finally made my (our) first real effort at ice fishing for the season. The family made the trip to the beautiful Leech lake. We started around noon Friday. After a short search for "the" spot we lowered the house and got settled in. We chose a in 20-21 ft of water over hard bottom. Daytime activity was very limited. Friday we managed 1 walleye 20", 4 small perch 6-8" and 2 northerns 23" & 24". The first fish was the 24, and boy did he give us a welcome. Isaacs rattle reel sounds, he get ready, everyones attention is on him, sets the hook, and in short order fish comes unbuttoned. We turn around to realise my daughters rod is now sinking to the depths of leech Lake! At the same moment, the rattle reel next to her goes. I am near so i grab the line and set the hook, fish on. Quickly, it feels as though the fish got off. Then i feel weight, no fight though. I pull a little more line and low and behold i somehow have snaged Abbys rod. Up the hole it comes, Amanda grabs the rod, a well, there is a fish hooked, Amanda finishes of the cluster that is OUR first fish. After we struggled mightily! After another northern and a few small perch, 5 o'clock rolled in, and our targets began to bite. Over the next 2 1/2 hours we managed to miss 4 quality eye at the bottom of the hole and lost 2 more half way up, while my Isaac pulled 1 through the hole! Saturday started much the same. Isaac and i awake at 5am and begin fishing. By 6:30 i had already managed to miss 2 walleye at the hole and Isaac 1 on the way up! Right around 7 I managed to hook a mark I had been battling for quite some time. Turned out to be a 15" tullibee, that was lucky to get away from something. The rest of the day was very slow! 2 perch, and Amanda missed one walleye at the hole at high noon. 4:30 arrived and so did the walleyes, for a short time. I lost one large walleye at the hole after she got wrapped in other lines. Isaac and i each caught a 20 3/4" and a 21 1/4" minutes apart. We fished till 8pm without another bite. The trip was really quite the success, recently, unless it is hockey related, we dont spend this kind of quality on yhe weekends. It was fantastic! Again, I would like to thank @DrJuice1980 for his help and tips that helped make this trip happen. Very generous of you. Hopefully we got our hookset practice in now. Looking forward to getting out more sometime soon, hopefully. Thanks for reading.
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  6. Rick G

    Multi species afternoon

    Walked about a mile through slush and snow to hit an area that nobody else has drilled yet this winter. Worked over a shallow weed flat that drops into a 20+ ft basin. Found fish relating tight to the edge right where it started to drop into deeper water. Ended up getting a few crappies and gills that were too big to keep and enough keeper size ones to last Andrea and myself quite a while :-)
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  7. eyeguy 54

    Chumming the lake

    You cannot dispose of unwanted minnows and leeches in Minnesota waters. Unused bait, including night crawlers, should be put in the garbage. See pages 24-26.
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  8. Surface Tension

    Mummified wax worms

    If they don't work you could ask for you mummy back.
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  9. Rick G

    Congrats Eyeguy!

    Looks like eyeguy the first on FM to reach 1000 likes... Good job , bud!
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  10. Jim Uran

    Safety!

    Apparently as much as we preach it, it isn't enough. We see stuff during early ice that makes us cringe, get the word out that the ice doesn't lie. 6" won't hold your blazer or your S10. It's physics, keep spreading the word of using caution and COMMON SENSE on the ice.
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  11. Skibo

    The Landing

    I may get a big ration of doodoo for this post, but here goes. As a business owner (not food related) I guess I'm a bit confused by all of these negative posts. The new owners (remember, they invested their money in the place) have evidently decided on a business model that they feel will work for them to be profitable. I don't know them, don't know what their background or experience is, and it really doesn't matter. It's their business, so they get to do with it whatever they choose. If their model doesn't work, it stands to reason that they'll change their model, but that is entirely up to them. There's likely a reason that the ownership of The Landing has changed several times in the last decade. Trying to drive these owners out of business won't bring back 1980's priced cheap food and drink. There are lots of places in many towns and cities that I choose not to eat at or visit because I don't want to pay the prices they charge. But I don't go on the Internet and demean the owners and their places of business because I choose not to buy from them. I'm a few times a year visitor to The Landing, and it is generally for lunch off the lake. If I thought it was too expensive I simply wouldn't go back. Vote with your dollars, not your posts on this forum. Get a Trip Advisor or Yelp account and post a review if it's that important for you to vent. The alternative for all of you of course, is that if anyone else has a model where they can charge half as much and still make a profit (not likely), well maybe that person ought to buy The Landing and give us all cheap food and drink. We'll line up at the dock for you. It's the old "put your money where your mouth is" adage. The fact is, most of the old favorite local establishments you talk about have been in the same family for years or generations, and the owners make a living because of low overhead. Someone investing in a new venture has lots to pay for, and as you all know, owning anything on a lake, and especially on Vermilion in Greenwood Township, is not a low-cost endeavor. Let's support those who choose to invest in these expensive pieces of real estate on our lake (or at least not disparage them in these posts), and help them to keep them open. Time to forget about getting $1 tap beers and $2.50 hamburgers, when the owners have to pay 2017 overhead costs. Guys, the 80's want their lunch tab back.
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  12. Rick G

    Crappie/Sunfish

    Andrea hooked into this beast today...still swimming for someone else to catch
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  13. Rick G

    Crappie/Sunfish

    Got a love when the flag goes up and it's a crappie...lol
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  14. cookie129

    Money From Road Access Fees

    oh boy sounds like a can of worms. I'm sure the truck burns the oil. the tranny not sure if it burns as there is nothing dripping? power steering is all over the engine compartment. What do you want us to do? What about all the poop bags ? the boats in the summer, the farm fields run off? Unbelievable
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  15. eyeguy 54

    Crappie/Sunfish

    no monsters today but fun fighting the hurricane. nice colors on this gill.
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  16. Rick G

    Congrats Eyeguy!

    While you guys were busy on here, I was busy on the lake
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  17. eyeguy 54

    Congrats Eyeguy!

    why thx fellas. Been typing so much I didnt notice. lol
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  18. Cliff Wagenbach

    Walleye Regulations Changed

    You will not have any 12" to 13" fish either if you eat all of the spawners! Should have left the slot alone in my opinion! The lake was a very healthy lake because of the slot. Cliff
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  19. kelly-p

    Still slow??

    This talk of slow fishing is interesting. People are finding it hard to fill a bucket up with fish. For the 2016 harvest season 190,663 pounds of walleyes were harvested from the State waters of URL. That was the 2nd biggest walleye harvest ever from the State waters. 2nd only to the 2014 harvest that was 230,135 pounds of walleyes. Hours of fishing pressure for the 2016 year was 1,749,994 hours with 1,640,413 hours or 94% of that pressure happening during the 3 winter months, Dec., January and February. For comparison the 2012 harvest season had 753,448 hours of fishing pressure with 714,706 coming in the 3 winter months. Pounds harvested for the 2012 harvest year were 72,107 pounds of walleyes with 44, 862 of those pounds coming in the winter. This New Years weekend it is being estimated that the number of wheelhouses on the lake could have been more then 10,000. So if fishing was “slow” and each of those 10,000 houses averaged 2 fish per day that is 40,000 walleyes. In 2016 the average walleye harvested was 1.1 pounds. So 40,000 walleyes times 1.1 pounds,,,,,,44,000 pounds of walleyes just this weekend. For comparison for the winter part of the harvest years for the years 2007 to 2012 winter harvest averaged 51,972 pounds of walleyes. That bucket of fish is still being caught, it’s just being spread out amount the greatly increased number of fishermen.
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  20. papadarv

    Ice Thickness Report

    Just got off Coon Lake, Anoka 8" to 11" ice in 3 areas 200 yards off shore 18 to 21 FOW. Got some nice 10" to 12" Crappie.
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  21. wahoo

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Do not know anyone on this thread. But fishing does heal wounds and make us brothers on the ice. (Sisters too.) Have a wonderful holiday all fisherman, and those who support them. Wahoo
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  22. Jim Uran

    First trip 12/23

    We got to the lake about 2:00, it was such a nice day to get the fam out on the ice. We hauled all the gear out and set up on the edge of the basin in 22' of water. We found 7" of ice over that 22' of water, a little less than I thought there would be on this 150 acre lake that maxes out at 25'. The youngest gal absolutely loved exploring the ice, we had a hard time keeping her from throwing anything she had in her hand in the hole lol! The bite was slow so the kids had a blast messing around out on the ice. Once the sun hit the trees the gills started coming in aggressively, we caught quite a few in the 6-8" range, but my better half threw down and pulled one up that was just over 9", the fish of the night no doubt. We had a hard time with the heater so we left right before dark so the kids wouldn't freeze out, next time we will stick around until after dark and wait for the crappies to start in.
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  23. leech~~

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmas all. May god give you tight lines and straight shots.
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  24. seifjr

    Jan 14-15

    So now every time someone reports a good catch, Big A is going to chime in with his repeated remarks. Dude, you made your point, we get it...enough.
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  25. monstermoose78

    Moose's Report

    Hit the ice for the first time today about 6 inches of ice and lots of slush 3-5 inches deep. The snitch handled the work load with amazing results. The busy end was the smallest pug bug with a maki mino the crappies were racing up am crushing it. The gills would come up slowly but would eat it. Had a 3 to 4 pound walleye break me off in the top of the hole.
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  26. Rick G

    Crappie/Sunfish

    A few of the biguns from yesterday
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  27. Fishing Frenzy

    Multi Species Day.

    Hit a small local lake after gills. Finally caught some decent fish! Kept 8 nice sunfish and 8 nice perch and had about a two pound walleye up to the hole and a bass! Was a fun day!
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  28. Team Bobberdown

    St Cloud Fishing Reports

    Got out this weekend and man was she cold. Picked up a few fish.Wish we got more but happy to fish and the fish we got were nice ones.
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  29. Neighbor_guy

    Five Tine Challenge

    Yeah MJ has quite the collection. But he or any number of his spies are at every threashing show and antique fair in the state. ------------------------------ Thanks to all those who came out and attended today. It was a fun event despite the brutal cold. It builds steam every year. a little bit cloudy, but definitely fishable. our winner at just under 18.5" there were also fish of 19" and 21" turned in. Hammer handle reduction at its finest.
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  30. eyeguy 54

    Nice Gill

    Great day today with Rick G looking for the beast and got my first 10 of this ice season. Wind kicked up about 230 and headed home.
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  31. CANOPY SAM

    So slow it hurts.

    Not saying this for those of us that know the lake well, live up here, and/or have cabins on the lake, but for those that may be somewhat unfamiliar of just how large LOTW is. It's easy to develop an opinion/perspective based off of what one is experiencing right under one's feet, but we all have to remember that this lake is ABSOLUTELY HUGE! Lake of the Woods is actually connected to Lake Winnipeg, and Rainy Lake, and the whole system runs HUNDREDS of miles into Canada via other bays, rivers, watersheds, etc. It's absolutely MASSIVE! So "judging" the health of the lake simply based off of numbers that are gathered from only a couple of miles of shoreline, on the extreme southern shore of this giant, well....let's just say the "sample size" probably doesn't really do the whole study complete justice. Yes, there are hundreds, probably thousands of fish houses lining the southern shore of the south basin, but have you ever looked north across the lake and really noted how much ice/water are sitting out there completely untouched? The answer is THOUSANDS of square MILES of lake go virtually untouched. The numbers that one of the earlier members shared are actually pretty typical of this lake. A couple hundred fish caught over a few days, with a broad representation of year classes caught throughout. This is EXACTLY what a healthy lake looks like. Just referencing another thread, but in complete truth it can be pretty tough to make the fish bite every time one goes out on LOTW. In my experience Lake of the Woods is an ultra-Barometric pressure sensitive lake. Rapid changes in barometric pressure, waves of varying weather rolling thru, even changes in sunlight vs. overcast skies can shut the bite down, or briefly cause it to take off. And often, when a change like this occurs, it can take at least a couple solid days of steady weather to get the bite back on track again. In a nutshell, she can be a surprisingly fickle lake, in spite of having billions and billions of fish. Make no mistake. Lake of the Woods is an extraordinarily healthy, diverse lake. It's full of fish. But there are things we're doing that could certainly have a negative impact of the lake. Another thing to keep in mind is that not long ago, commercial netting was still allowed on the Minnesota side of the lake. Even when commercial netting was still going on, back in the 80's, LOTW was STILL an incredible fishery! This speaks loudly to just how BIG, and healthy this walleye factory is! Two things I would really like to see happen on Lake of the Woods. 1) As someone pointed out earlier....Leave the fish alone while they are spawning! If this is NOT allowed on other inland waters, it should NOT be allowed on our greatest border water fishery either! I've felt this way for years. It's why I won't participate in the Rainy River spring walleye run. I believe this alone would have a HUGE POSITIVE impact on the overall walleye fishery. Even if the majority of fish are being released, I believe being caught and released at this time places undue stress on the fish, and likely causes more problems with the spawn than we think. 2) Place some stringent laws on the shiner minnow harvest. Limited bait dealerships, limited quantities, and harvest management should be ENFORCED!!! They may be a resilient species, and they may be quick to recover, but they CAN'T recover if they AREN'T there! If the harvest is limited, and managed, they really shouldn't have to recover from anything. A very healthy forage base will set the foundation for a very healthy predator fish population. The shiner minnows have already been hit pretty hard by the invasive species of Spiny Water Flea for many years now. Why do we think it's okay to have an unlimited harvest of an already struggling species just so we can make $5.00 for each tiny bag of minnows? Just some thoughts to chew on. The bag limits are perfect right where they are, and the slot limit is working. There are BILLIONS of walleyes and saugers out there, but it's good to see that people are remaining vigilant about protecting this incredible fishery!!!
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  32. leech~~

    New to mn

    Marcuss42 Welcome. I'll have to try the plain hook and hot dog deal for Walleye's. When fishing by others you want to at least be a beer bottle throw away! Full beer can distance is even better if you bring out loud kids! Good Luck.
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  33. Jared_P

    Best ice scoop

    Something like this...:) JP
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  34. eyeguy 54

    New years on the ice

    might not make it out of the basement... LOL
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  35. DrJuice1980

    Ice Thickness Report

    7-8.5" on Rush in Rush City. Everybody I talked to were frustrated getting nothing but 8-9" crappies, huh I didn't catch one.
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  36. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope your relationships grow and become more meaningful for you. God bless and have more fun.
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  37. HunterFisher11

    Little fishhouse

    Ok hear it is. Just to give you a little history on this, a few years back brother said to come up and just bring your portable and you can sleep in my house at night, yea right those guys would party like no other!!!! So I spent 4 days and 3 nights in my portable( just saying sucked) so at that point was dreaming up something that I could pull up there easily so this is what I came up with. The out side has a grill a spot light and tv pole the can extend and retract, around the top is led string lights and I extended the frame 2 feet so had some place to put the V-plow. Inside has a 1800 forest air heat, inveter, tv-DVD player, stearo, microwave,air-ration for minnows, a magnetic strip for lures, so have every thing that I could possibly need.
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  38. Rick G

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmass to all my Fishing Minnesota family. God bless each and every one of you!
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  39. Moved out to deeper water and the fishing was definitely better. Fished Dec. 20-23 in 28FOW in Big Bay, catching 26 walleyes, including 7 slot fish. 22" seemed to be the magic length since that was the length of 5 of the slot fish, and the biggest I caught.sucker minnows were best on Dec. 20, then couldn't catch another on them. Chubs took over the next two days. Caught a few on shiners. Only fished a plain hook. Good luck.
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  40. DLD24

    They're biting!

    Finally had a good day on the pond in the winter... The morning they were hitting like lakers, the evening was pretty slow...Rainbow rattlin flyer was my best bait... Caught as many as I missed.
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  41. BobT

    Safety!

    One time back in about 2003 I was going out on Lake Osakis off the Battle Point access. If I remember correctly it was in late December and on my way to the lake I was wondering if anyone had been driving vehicles out there yet. When I got to the lake, I could see some vehicle tracks and there was a large permanent house off the point so I decided to drive my truck out there. I went about 50 yards from shore and decided to check ice thickness just to be sure. It was between 10" - 12" so I figured it should be okay, although marginal. I went about another 50 yards or so and decided I'd set up shop on the edge of the break. I got my auger fired up and almost fell on my face when it went through within just a couple revolutions! It was less than 5" thick! I casually put my gear back in my truck and slowly backed off the lake and went home to change my shorts. That was when I decided to invest in an ATV.
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  42. Well my son and I finally got out again on Monday and we did better. Couple of keepers for the fry pan and what a gorgeous day it was. Sounds like the warm weather isn't helping the conditions though. We did notice that the same spot we fished a week prior had an additional 2" of ice this Monday which was nice to see. Gorgeous sunset!
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  43. Ballyhoo

    So slow it hurts.

    A big part of it is the pressure, both summer and winter. The parking lot at the Wheeler's Pt ramp has never been overflowing that many times in the summer. In the winter when I was a kid snowmobiling over Christmas break out by Pine Island, there were not many fish houses out there. Adrians, Wheelers, Ballards, Sportsmans and Wigwam were about it. Now every resort has a lot and there are so many small operators that run a few rentals or sleepers I can't even keep track of them all. It used to be there were only fish houses for the amount of beds in the area but now with the wheel houses, there are a ton more as everyone is sleeping out there. That being said the fishing has also been cyclical in that period between the 70's and now. It was down when the commercial fishing was going heavy, then it came back. Then the DNR for whatever reason raised the limit to 10w/10s and it went down again. Then it came back and now it is down again. If fish the Canadian side quite a bit and don't mind the 2 fish limit. We get enough for supper or to put in the freezer for another time. The fishing over there seems to be way more consistent but also with a lot less pressure. I would not be against lowering the limit, especially in the winter. Make it 6 total with only 3 walleye. I would also like to see the season close on April 1st. Let the fish spawn and leave them alone.
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  44. All the numbers come from the DNR Creel Census. As far as road fees my personal feeling is that I wouldn't run a road depending on just road fees. Years with good ice, low snow and lots of fishermen you can make some money but years with bad or late ice, deep snow and fewer fishermen you can be left holding a box of bills. It takes a lot of road fees to replace one tranny or engine. One year Buddy Hillman and I kept track of the fuel we burned up. AFTER the roads were built it took a little over 100 gallons of fuel per inch of snow to open the roads back up again. Anymore fishermen are quick to be off to the next "hot" road or lake so there isn't much stability in road fees. The income from rental houses is the stable part of it. I do not know if a road could survive on just road fees without the income from rental houses coming in. It is a lot harder to make fishing roads now with the increase of wheelhouses. Any more a person can not just plow a little trail for people to go try a new area with their pickup and portables because a wheelhouse will go down that trail and get stuck or park down that trail and get drifted in in a storm. It either has to be a big wide road or no road and that leads to more crowding and poorer fishing.
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  45. monstermoose78

    Congrats Eyeguy!

    I just can't keep up with him
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  46. Rick G

    Even my girlfriend can use this

    Over the last couple ice seasons I have tried and tried to get my girlfriend, Andrea to use the auger. She is deathly afraid of the loud noise and power that comes with it. You see, Andrea is just 105 lbs soaking wet. She gets thrown around pretty good with the gas powered auger, so she just dosen't use it :-( This week we tried to remedy this. We purchased the K- drill by Vexilar and the Milwaukee Fuel brushless drill. I have to say, I'm very impressed sofar. Andrea was very comfortable using this system, she must have punched 80 holes over two lakes. This system is light weight and very fast for being a cordless drill based system. I think we found a winner here :-)
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  47. Few from this yr already. Please remember to release all large bluegill to help keep the lakes healthy
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  48. eyeguy 54

    Lost Equipement

    Found and Returned! Yes there are good people on the planet!
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  49. eyeguy 54

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmas
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  50. Neighbor_guy

    Safety!

    There was 8" of ice on millacs the day I put my wheeler, myself, my friend, his wheeler, and all of our gear through the ice. The ice had cracked a lot that day and as we were driving across the lake we both ended up on that same triangle of ice at the same time. It went down like a bobber slid under the main ice sheet, and we went in the drink. Luckily we both made it off the ice and other than some bruised pride and a much lighter pocket book we were alright. To this his day I don't like driving my truck on the ice. I'm the guy at the landing unloading his wheeler or snowmobile while most people drive past in their pick ups. And I try to leave plenty of distance between me and the people I am traveling with when we are running from spot to spot. Now days people are lazy. They don't want to put in any extra work, they just want to turn off the road, drive right to their spot, in their warm vehicle, and fish. If someone would plow the road all the better. And they won't bother to think about what it takes to float a truck. Then when there is enough ice to float "A" truck, let's say 10-12" they park two or three trucks together and wonder why one of them breaks through the ice.
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