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  1. 16 points
    A buddy of mine pan fishing on an west metro lake last week.
  2. 15 points
    Cliff's point about the spawn are true, more Walleyes spawn out in the basin and in other locations on the lake than in Pike bay which represents about 5% of the total eastern basin spawn. That means that all of the spawning Walleyes on the west end are unaffected by the hatchery on Pike bay. Years of over fishing and stocking freezers has had more effect on Walleyes on the west end than the Pike river hatchery has. The DNR test nets in the fall showed Walleye on Lake Vermilion are well over the state average on both ends of the lake and the numbers have improved on the west end over the last few years. So don't blame the DNR if you are struggling to catch Walleyes. Stop fishing your memories and try something new, either location or presentation, because the fish are there. I have been fishing Vermilion for almost 50 years now and in my humble opinion the Walleye fishing has never been better than it is right now. Ad to that a world class Muskie fishery, giant Pike, excellent Bass fishing (Both species) jumbo Perch, panfish and the shear Beauty of Lake Vermilion. What is there to complain about? Count your blessing Vermilion anglers because it doesn't get any better than this. JMHO.
  3. 15 points
    Last week while visiting friends in Ireland I had the pleasure of fishing for pike on the Middle River with a friend of my host & friend Cirian. Beautiful hand made wooden boat and a real pleasure to fish out of! This is my once-in-a-lifetime (fishing before the opener) opportunity! We caught and released 12 pike that weighed from 4lbs. to 12lbs. Cliff
  4. 15 points
    I went out from McKinley this evening. I found a solid 4 inches of ice all the way out to where I fished! Fished from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. in 16 f.o.w.. Iced 7 walleyes and lost at least that many more. Kept my limit of 13" to 16" fish. Very steady bite! Used 1/4 oz. Rattle Spoons in perch/white glow and gold with a shiner head on them and also a dead stick with a shiner. Both presentations worked about equally well. Good to be back on the ice again! Cliff
  5. 13 points
    My buddy and I headed up to Mille Lacs lake on Saturday for some late season Pike on Tip-ups. We were setup in 9ft of water and were using 8-10" sucker minnows. Only iced 2 pike but one was an absolute Tanker! Didn't get a measurement but she was definitely eating good! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/CZhuYbVZuis
  6. 12 points
    Only one week left before the 2017 walleye/pike opener on Vermilion! It looks like this summer will be a very good one for walleyes on Vermilion again! DNR test netting and my fishing experiences from last winter point to a very good season ahead. This year we can keep 4 walleyes in the new slot size that now includes walleyes up to 20 inches! Only one of these walleyes may be over 26 inches. Be sure to check this years laws! The walleyes are done spawning in most areas and are starting to move into their regular spring locations. Water temps are still cold but will warm up fast with the predicted warmer weather ahead. Good fishing! Cliff
  7. 12 points
    My wife Brittany, daughter Hannah, and I were up on Shagawa friday night and Saturday. We were able to boat 6 nice eyes around 12-18", released a couple lil guys, not to mention Hannahs very first walleye of many for the trip! Looked like the storms started just after the clouds passed, as we were blessed with a nice sunset along with a light show to the east. Saturday started with a couple snakes taking our lines off trolling lindys, then a while later the girls found a couple bass by boulder bay. Seemed as if everyone on the lake was looking to find a day bite unsuccessfully. I would have liked to jig but the girls are not quite there yet if you get my drift. Had burgers at Stony Ridge and said hi to our buddy Don, Once the sun started going down we went to our go to spot where we were the night before where it drops from 10' to 40' where i marked the biggest group of the day suspended in 15-18'. Bobbed another 1/2 dozen before we headed in. As expected with the girls we got a later start to the trip down to Vermilion but hey what can a guy do. Jumped on off HooDoo and decided to go out to see what the lake looked like first. Caught a couple bass in a super secret spot lol, dropped by hendrickson but didnt mark anything, so we went to the north west end of ely island. Of coarse some guy we saw putting in at the launch was parked on something i dubbed "jrs hump" years ago so we bobbed up in the shallows watching some people drift the sand flat. Diudnt see any fish boated so i didnt feel as bad. The wind kicked up so we headed back into pike as the girls no like white caps hahaha. Tried Million Dollar for 10 and trolled our way in before getting kicked off by the first passing shower. Came back out after sharing an appetizer sampler at the good ol days to find another 6 super golden walleyes. Was able to say hi to one of the fabled Vermilion guides as he rode by before packing it up for the ride home. Look forward to coming back up ffrom the 17th-25th with the parents too, dad is a little jelly he didnt get to come up Hope to hear the good reports continue, good luck and safe fishing! Pikers
  8. 12 points
    popped up early to a favorite spot and to check for eyes and just a couple bass. a small boat moved into spot 2 so headed south to the beach to check it out. I guy had a nice 20 incher and got a 14 as I was visiting. Really quiet there. Friend called and wanted to check out my yak so met ham at wilson and headed north to fish a bit. Got a few and watched the Gov go by, Lt gov was on the other side of the river. I hear they caught some fish so that was good. Then headed home and took my gal to the river park feed that a few SR places were putting on. Ate too much, had a couple beers and then headed out to get my gal a yak. Back home, grilled up some wings and enjoyed them with some homemade rhubarb wine. Hope to get out Sunday with her and her new yak. Fun day.
  9. 12 points
    Just picked up my 31 1/2" Lake Vermilion Walleye from the taxidermist. Caught this big fella last June. I would have preferred to release it but after 30 minutes of trying everything in the book it was obvious I would have to have it mounted. It will hang proudly on my cabin wall.
  10. 11 points
  11. 11 points
    After reading plenty of reviews this winter as well as plenty from the past ice seasons I made an uneasy decision to finally buy an Ion. I picked up an 8" Ion w/reverse, not an Ion X. As you all know, these days there are quite a few options out there when it comes to drilling through the ice with something battery powered. Which one to buy depends on which way you fish, or which way you plan to fish. I chose the Ion because I got a pretty good deal on it, and because the store I bought it from didn't have a 6" K-drill (My original top choice) I walked out the door with an Ion box on my shoulder with $400 less in my pocket. Which was cheaper than $500+ I would have spent on a K-drill, and a quality drill which is required if you plan on not burning through cheaper drills. Yeah it wasn't my first choice but I now feel I made the right choice. I can see how guys would favor a K-rill, Clam's Auger Conversion Kit, Nils, or whatever else there is to attach to a cordless hammer drill. Lots of folks have these high end drills laying around collecting dust so why not use them to drill through the ice? I don't have the luxury of being a contractor and having high end drills laying around. Another reason to be happy about my purchase. Now let's get to the performance, it's definitely not the fastest auger on the market, let's get that out there right away. I'd say it's comparable to a 10" Strikemaster chipper set up, speed wise. This auger cuts through the ice with ease though, right through the bottom of the hole. There is no slow down or hang up at the bottom of the ice, it cuts right through with ease. I've drilled 28 holes through 26" of ice before it dropped in power on Lake Winnibigosh while chasing tullibees. That's plenty of holes for me, I can even keep the charger in the vehicle hooked up to an inverter and have non stop charging capabilities. It also re-opens holes with ease, pretty darn slick. The weight compared to any other auger I've owned is noteworthy, at 22lbs it's easy to lug around the lake. It's even easy for my girlfriend to drill a line of holes which is a huge plus! Bottom line is that through all of the hype, the Ion has lived up to its expectations. Sometimes it's tough to separate the hype from the truth, especially in today's in your face marketing schemes. I'd make the purchase again, I'm more than pleased with the ol' green cutting machine.
  12. 11 points
    fun time and a nice show up. good to meet some new folks and enjoyed the gummy bear brats. (no bears were harmed in the making of these brats @Rick G ) thx for letting me reel one in on that fancy rod.
  13. 11 points
  14. 11 points
    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.
  15. 11 points
    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!
  16. 10 points
    My heart aches for the families and loved ones of these people. Today was the 9th time Lake Rescue/First Responders have been called to the lake this winter plus they have been helping the Red Lake Band look for the missing people over there. They are all volunteers with jobs and families. They are tired. Just of what I know of over 11 wheelers and sleds have gone through the ice already. That is just the ones that I have heard of and I have not even been to the shoreline. Water on the ice with areas of NO ice is a bad, bad combination. Saturday people were pulling wheel houses out with wheelers and pickups were seen on the lake. There have been numerous close calls the past few years where tragedy was narrowly avoided. It seems like each year fishermen are taking more and more risks. People can't seem to understand that the ice varies greatly from area to area on URL. People don't seem to understand that up here when you call 911 help is not there in 5 minutes, it could be an hour or more. Right now I am at a loss for words, this is so sad. I have spent my whole life fishing and working out on URL. The only lake I have ever ice fished in my life but right now I am relieved that I do not work out anymore and I don't even feel like going out there. When the ice is better if I do go out there I will see the pictures of these two people in my mind and say another prayer for them. Everyone please, please be careful out there.
  17. 10 points
    Deck is so empty without my Moe Rock. Sure do miss that boy. His bro Polar Bear Boy likes fishen just not as much as Moe. Loves being in big black boat but likes to SLEEP most of the time. ZZZZzzzzzz! : ) Saturday morning out alone 8 to noon I found some Wally fishes roaming the 22' & 18' boulders picking off breakfast. Stick n Shad lures did nothing so.....Switched up as no live bait. Caught a few nice 19"er wallys and a mess of 14"s. Kept this one for lunch. Wind was fun, stirs everything up so lake was ALIVE until noon then all were full I guess an no bites. DNR guys came by mid morning for a check but it turned into a mini talk & laugh fest. Good guys. Made me smile out of the blue in that wind and our DBL boat control was a hoot. Expert tag team. : ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`` Late afternoon after island chores, Bonnie an Bear Boy joined me for fun, snacks and big smiles. Hit lake to that morning spot, marked nothing. Tried a bit all over 100 yard oval...ZERO! Moved two miles east, hunting,laughing, searching, having treats......."HEY ....FOUND SOME FISHYS".....fished area size of a football field till dark. Couple nice wallys waiting fat & hungry about 18" first few drops. Then nothing, I could see them but no bite. Kept at it until found a pack of hungry really nice fat fall Smallie Bass 100 yards away packed tight in a 18' boulder pile. This spot few miles away from other one fished that morning but lays out same East, West n medium deep. Boaters zooming around me an wave, never a one stopped to talk or borrow anything. : ) Fun stuff. All going to the next hot bite spot, not know I was on one just having a blast. Bonnie is a great next chix. : ) I think in total we boated 8 nice fat bass, 1~ 36" pike fish an the wallys all in same 100 yard stretch on windy side of that little pile. No LIVE BAIT. Released all but one wally for lunch. Good Stuff. All on medium BIG rubber thumpers of different kinds in my stash over years. Plus one simple Whistler Jig n grub. Trick was to keep boat moving about 2.5 MPH or close an kind of old school RIP JIG an DROP ever 15 sec or so. KABLAM! Get'n it on... Fun junk we do. Good thing I forgot the Minnows when I gassed up an got milk in Virgina eh? : ) Rain Sunday sucked as spent two hours cleaning one boat to take out. I was more wet than it. : ) Have a great week, we be at it again Thursday after hit Doc Uttleys office for TWO YEAR cancer eye check up. Ohhhhh Boy that really is a fun visit. Hit Reds Savoy hard after...Mmmmmmm power munchies. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  18. 10 points
    Caught a couple on bobbers this morning. Still pretty slow. My daughter caught a dandy though.
  19. 10 points
    Anyfish2, The fish we have been catching so far this year do not look thin at all. They are of average weight for their length--nothing like great lakes walleyes feeding on open-water forage, but healthy. Maxpower117, Not even going to try to predict the future, just reporting on the good fishing now and the techniques to use. With the interesting management factors involving Mille Lacs, the future of walleye fishing could be bright, or dark. Things are good right now and sport-fishermen certainly are doing what they can with catch-and-release fishing, no walleye fishing during the hottest part of the summer, and then no walleye fishing in the fall. Thanks for correcting the misinformation added into this thread by Nhamm. Nhamm, My intent with this thread is to give current, accurate fishing reports that hopefully help people enjoy Mille Lacs and catch more walleyes. I do not intend for people to use this to attack others, including me, with inaccurate assumptions and misinformation. The walleyes we have been catching from eight to thirty-four feet of water on live bait rigs, slip-bobbers, and crankbaits have all been hooked in the outer part of the mouth, not any deeper, and their swim bladders have not shown. They have been handled as little as possible, carefully, and have been gently returned to the water very quickly. I was there--you weren't--so I know the condition of the fish and you don't. I can't guarantee that they all survived anymore than you can guarantee that they all died. I can, however, guarantee that your assessment of how the fish were hooked and what condition their swim bladder was in is completely inaccurate. How fish are fought, the time of year and water temperature, how fish are handled, and how long they are kept out of the water determine a fish's chance of survival after release far more than the fishing technique used to catch them.
  20. 10 points
    Back to fun pictures and the reason I love coming to the Tower/Ely area! There's just an amazing difference in the environment up here. It's something I miss pretty much every day I'm not here. And when you have as beautiful of a Saturday as we had yesterday, I just gotta say "Ahhh, this makes everything else worthwhile." And when I go back through my best fishing memories, SO many have been made here, and yesterday I added another. These girls in consecutive casts:
  21. 10 points
  22. 10 points
    Heck of a day today. 10:30 to 1:30 only 2 crappies and I almost left. decided to hang in there and try a couple spots close by. 1:45 to 3:30 it was game on time! 1 nice 9 inch gill and close to 40 crappies. The size was dandy. Many 10 1/2 to 11 3/4 inchers and hit 12 twice. Best crappie bite I have ever had in the yak. All released.
  23. 10 points
    Moose and I got the chance to get out on the ice last weekend, for what very well maybe the last trip of the 2016-2017 ice season. We laid the smackdown on some nice keeper size gills, Moose got into a couple decent crappies on plastics and I caught my Personal Best bass (through the ice) to cap the day off!! Hope you enjoy
  24. 10 points
    Took my daughter ice fishing with Eye Guy!! He's not kidding ... you catch woppers!!
  25. 10 points
    I really did a stupid job measuring the Sauger....It was so big I just got goofy....Sorry
  26. 10 points
    Tough day today. Sight fished holes in the weeds. Saw some very very nice fish. Could only get one of them to bite
  27. 10 points
    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
  28. 10 points
    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.
  29. 9 points
    Fun time getting the yak out today. Met up with birthday boy Rick G not too far from town. No beasts yet but lotta fun. One foot of water or so. Gulp waxie on a plain jig brought many visitors. Found a phone underwater by the access.
  30. 9 points
    Slow outing overall for me and my dad today but the highlight was this 30.5 incher to start off the morning.
  31. 9 points
    Personal best today at 29". Half crawler, 26'. My wife also caught a 34" northern near the same spot. Weather was crappy but overall a good day on the lake.
  32. 9 points
    Saturday was a gas. Always after a long winter away there is High Anxiety waiting to get boats in, docks in, cabin open, clean up lil island an taking it four feet deep at 3:30 ... Water temps may be be 40 something on surface but four feet down at 3:30 PM during my annual Docks Done Dip it was as cold as normal for a clear rusty slushy. Major Shrinkage oh boy! Buuuuurrrrrrrrrrr ~~~ oh there ya are lil buddy. : ) Fun clear calm sunny day even with all the work all good. Ride up the river was so quiet an calm we went slow an enjoyed it all. Beauty of a place when alone an calm. That is always fun to us. Bonnie Rocks as usual. Moe & Bear swimming an exploring all day until nap time midday lunch. Extreme Wehlerizing fun. Fun thing happened at Docks IN time. The fun of setting last two sections in armpit deep tippy toes wader saving water ~ was almost complete at 2 pm Saturday until some newbie cabin owning new to area dude down shifts 50 yards away and fills my waders with never ending new ranger boat buying wake. Coolbeans after a minute, but sort of enjoyed it as waders were coming off anyway. : ) FYI hint: Close to High Water mark, maybe SLOW DOWN or learn to trim out the huge motor by shore maybe? I aint all about YOU! Definitely not cool, but we deal with it. HUMANS~~~ Geeeeezzzzz.... : ) High water waves do damage you don't see. Wears away shorelines an send dock pallets all over the lake if not strapped down. Well some people never learn nor care, but that makes life just that much more fun to us. : ) Had a good laugh as later mooned them from Bonnies pontoon, yup a BIG Tommy Welcome to our sweet Vermilion pal moon.....as I am not known as the crabby guy on the bay. Far from it. Saw a some musky fish dating over by Nicky Slims pad an that is always special. Seems they are there every spring. : ) Great day. Looking forward to a mini Fish fry breakfast 6 am Saturday if I have any luck in my lil red boat with my Bonnie and me marauder hound boyz. Keep on Rocken! T
  33. 9 points
    a tournament-record 10-pound, 2-ounce beauty was big fish and A record 110 boats fished this year’s tourney, held out of the marina at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. 492 walleye, another tournament record, were weighed and released at this catch-and-release event.
  34. 9 points
    I just returned from the hatchery and got a few stats on this springs catch. Total eggs taken this spring is 708 quarts which was their quota wanted this year. Normal yearly quota is 850 qts. to 900 qts. Nets were pulled as soon as their quota was met, but the walleyes were still running well and probably spawned below the dam naturally. There are about 100,000 eggs per quart and the average fry hatch rate in the hatchery is 75% to 80%! Natural hatch rate for eggs is only about 2% to 3% in the lake! Actual survival rate of all fry is highly dependent on water temps during the spring and summer, (the warmer-the better)! Predators also play a huge role in survival rate. Predators of the fry range from zooplankton to any thing else that wants to eat them! There were 5,500 male walleyes trapped and 2,000 female walleyes trapped before the trap nets were pulled. The eggs are hatching much slower this spring because the water temps have dropped from 53 degrees at the start of the trapping to 39 degrees this morning. Fry release into Vermilion is estimated to happen at around the walleye fishing opener this year because of the late hatch and water temps. Largest female trapped this spring was 32 inches! Cliff
  35. 9 points
    The forum has do much more than fishing reports, hot bites, etc. There's been more general and specific fishing techniques, information and connecting with each other that has happened here. I can get hot bite information in a lot of places. In fact many hot bites never do up on these forums. Sounds like you've got a lot of information in a lot of places. That's great! Many of us have done the same thing. Many of us have got together on the ice, in the woods or on the water because of.this forum. That's what I've always enjoyed the most. Hope to be able to keep doing that for a long time.
  36. 9 points
    Went to a small lake up around Mille lacs lake and found 20-28 inches of ice. The access looked like some busted it up, so eyeguy and I walked out. We caught bluegills and crappies on plastics. It was windy and cold but we got a few nice ones.
  37. 9 points
    Well it was a cold weekend hole hoppen up where we were but we iced about 35 sunnies & crappies and a few bonus pike to fight and put back. Only kept 4 crappies for a dinner. Hope that was ok? One of these days I'll have to get one of them there snazzy fish sizing boards like eyeguy and da moose has for pictures!
  38. 9 points
    Looks like eyeguy the first on FM to reach 1000 likes... Good job , bud!
  39. 9 points
    Got into the WHOPPERS today ! ! ! ! ! !
  40. 9 points
    This was my 3rd weekend 1/27-1/29 on the pond so far this year and the best weekend of fishing yet 59 fish caught and about 15 lost on the way up or at the hole! this was without any rattles down either at night. They only really wanted one lure "WILLOW DADDY" really and only about 15 came off a plain red hook and bobber. Also it could only have a minnow head on the one lure they wanted. Only 5 fish were under 16" and 8 were over 20" with the best being at 25 1/2 with 2 other 25's and a 24! It was a blast.I was in 27ft on rocks on the east side.
  41. 9 points
    Jumped from spot to spot to spot yesterday on the west and west central side of the lake yesterday, trying to get away from people and their fish-scaring generators. I arrived at Indian Point about 4:30and found only a couple small fish there in two spots. All in all, I found 7 walleyes in the 12-16" range. They were not clustered at all, coming one at a time from just about every area I drilled holes. The depths ranged from 18-33', with 28' probably being the area with the most marks. I also caught 5 nice perch, my first keeper perch of the season. Biggest was 11.5". The perch came at about 1pm, in the last hole I fished and right before I had to leave. I bet I could have caught more if I popped a few more holes and hopped around that spot. They were highly aggressive, as you can see. Spitting up 2" gold minnows on the ice. No wonder they liked the 2" gold Slab Rap so much.
  42. 9 points
    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?
  43. 9 points
    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.
  44. 9 points
    While you guys were busy on here, I was busy on the lake
  45. 9 points
    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 :-)
  46. 8 points
    I didn't fish locally but the same would apply here. Fished for eyes during peak feeding periods in early morning and evening. Jr and I had our limits within an hour after sunrise and released half a dozen in the 20-24". Casting a jig and minnow into shore was the ticket. Most fish were in close. Points and shorelines that had some depth but flattened out held fish and of course finding where the wind blew in the warm water was something else to take into account. After the sun got high the bite slowed and eyes went deeper and the big pike moved in or woke up. They didn't want anything moving other then a sucker and floating jig and slip sinker. Some pretty nice pike were netted in the 35-39" range. Might sound like a BS report so far but it gets better. While others in our party had eyes to catch we'd take care of that in the evening and opted to make a long hike into a trout lake. Been there before with success but past few years not so much but it was a nice day to sit on the bank and soak a worm. In four hours of fishing we caught one Brook Trout. It was WORTH IT. Slip sinker and inflated crawler is my go to for Brook trout lakes from shore. 20" Brook Trout. Early Sunday morning walleye bite was on Fire again.
  47. 8 points
    Ice got unsafe WAY too fast this year around my area. So I had to make one last trip up north to end my season right. Buddy and I drove up to some mine pits looking for rainbow trout. We found fish right away but getting them to bite was tricky. They were 10ft down in 100ft of water. We managed 4 and lost few others. Probably had about 30 come check out our bait though, which was pretty fun. Feel better hanging up my ice gear now. On to the river now! Here is a video of our adventure:
  48. 8 points
    Few from this yr already. Please remember to release all large bluegill to help keep the lakes healthy
  49. 8 points
    Caught good fish today out deep (30 feet) highlighted by a 28 inch fatty that almost knocked my hat off. Here is the report....
  50. 8 points
    Went ice checking today around noon....very windy and cold but nice to see the sun. TWIN LAKE is running a solid 3 inches all the way out to the crack toward the middle of the lake, I did not try to cross it. About 2"-3" of snow on the ice. No one fishing. NORRIS LAKE is running 4 1/2" - 5" of ice...2-3 inches of snow on the ice. 2 portables out fishing. LONG LAKE is running 4 1/2" - 5" of ice...2-3 inches of snow on the ice. 2 portables out on the lake. FRANCIS LAKE is running 4"-5" of ice...2-3 inches of snow on the ice. 2 portables out on the lake. BAXTER LAKE Is running 5"- 5 1/2" of ice and again 2-3" of snow on the ice. 7 portables out on the lake. BLUE LAKE Is running 4"-5" of ice and the same 2-3" of snow on the ice. 3 portables out on blue lake. Now I have to pick a lake and try it out;)
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