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Boat Storage

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I am new to the Fargo/Moorhead area and have a few questions regarding boat storage in the area:

1. With the winters here, when do you recommend arranging storage for a boat? With this in mind also, when are boats typically pulled out of storage here in the spring?

2. Also would accept any recommendations on reasonable safe storage locations or contact information I can call for pricing. Also not afraid to drive to 1-2 hours from moorhead for storage.

Thanks for any help and/or advice!

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J & K marine in Detroit Lakes has plenty of indoor storage just north of there store.

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My neighbor owns a boat sales place in Glyndon. I don't think I can mention the name because he is not a sponser of the site. But, he has a huge building in the back of his showroom building that he put up specifically for winter boat storage. Not sure what he charges, but it would be nice and close to the FM area for you. If you want to e-mail me for the name let me know here and I'll give you my address, or else just take a drive through Glyndon and you can't miss it....it's right on Highway 10 as you're going through town.

Almost forgot, he also has a mechanic that works for him there, so you could probably get your winterizing done there too.

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You need to winterize your boat, but if you like fishing for eyes I would try to wait for the last possible moment. Some of the best action can be in November.

Make sure you cange your lower unit and have it clear of any water.Some people what greese in the spring, I change in the fall so I KNOW there is NO water in the lower unit.

I also run stabil through my old system and have had zero problems in the past. I may do something a little more advanced this year with the new Suzuki 175 4-stroke. Need to take care of that big fella.

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The old Turkey farm at the intersection of Hwy59 and Becker Co. 6 also has clean indoor storage. Number is on the sign near the driveway. They have a mechanic who can come in an winterize. We leave a car in there each winter. However, I use JK for the boats since they are the Yamaha folks and they take great care of our stuff. labor went up to 89/hr this spring.

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Thanks for all of the rapid replies. I will look into the prices at these three places. I would like to stretch out the season as long as possible (October?) but worried these places fill up after labor day with recreational boats and I definitely do not want to store my boat outside for the winter.

P.S.

This site is great for fishing information. Props to everyone for sharing good information.

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I agree with Hitman, Don't put your boat away to early. Last year I had to actaully break ice off of the shore to get back on shore. Got a limit of walleyes that day we did.

Was on the ice less than 2 weeks later.

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Yeah, same here - my buddy and I toughed it out one fiercely cold Pelican night in mid to late November last year. The wind was at 30 mph and the whole boat was covered in ice by night's end... But, nonetheless, we still managed some Pelican eyes!

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So is Pelican the lake to hit in the fall for eyes? Or are other lakes like Big C good. I was here for the the last ice season and ice fished Big C and Lida mostly. Then I put the 4 wheeler in the ice at The Brainerd Jaycess tournament and that killed my fishing for a while. I used my insurance money to buy a boat this spring and the walk through was on Pelican. I liked the pelican launch so I spent the end of spring learning Pelican but stuck to Lida, and Big C during the summer with trips to Winni and Mille Lacs thrown in due to the posts on this site. I have had the most success for walleye on Lida. We did kill the smallies on Pelican in the spring but walleyes were hard to come by for me. I attribute that to the fact that I was learning boat control and the lake at the same time.

I've only done one charter on Lake Erie in the fall for trophy eyes and most of my fall fishing was for Steelhead and Salmon in the rivers of Michigan till I moved here so fall lake fishing in minnesota from a boat will be a first this year for me!

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Fish --

Big C is one of the best fall lakes in this part of the country. Well worth your time.

Use minnows -- don't waste time with anything else.

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