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shamrock7

We were called out last night to check out a few campfire complaints and had the opportunity to talk to quite a few people. There is some confusion on the status of the fire ban. The ban is still in full force for Lake Vermilion. The use of charcoal is now OK as long as it is within 100' of a cabin or home. It is not allowed at a remote campsite. No open burning is allowed.

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Ranckenstuff

Ralph the knife had a little bonnie going on the sand beach.

Next thing I know, I see this weird shaped boat off in the distance trolling south in the narrows, there it was, the fire boat. What an awesome, helpful, needed watercraft that is. Things sweet looking

edit: after a discussion with Shamrock7 (I think) They quickly put out the bonnie.

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shamrock7

It was a perfect night for a campfire. I will admit. A little chill in the air, nice and calm. You hate to have to tell people that they can't do it but.....

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vermilionwally

I was up at the lake this weekend and it rained hard for awhile today and also got a little saturday night. Any chance the fire ban will be lifted or relaxed a little bit anytime soon?

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heartattack22

The problem is we are WAY short of what we need as far as the rain goes. We had a tenth of an inch today. And as soon as the sun comes out or the wind blows... Its gone. We need a few inches to relieve this drought. If anyone has the time, stop at the dam on the pike river. Its pretty impressive to see how low the water is. Stuff is showing up that hasn't been seen before...

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shamrock7

We will see what the DNR comes up with tommorrow. I talked to one of the area guys today and he agreed that the restrictions were in need of clarification. But as Heartattack said, this little bit will not have any significant impact on the current situation. We need a week of nice steady rain to really end this.

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MNSkin

Shamrock,

Is it still Ok to use a charcoal grill next to a cabin under close supervision?? Going to be headed up on Saturday for the week and wondering on how to plan for meals.

Thanks Tracey

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shamrock7
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/index.html is the link to the DNR site. At this time, it is ok to use charcoal as long as it is within 100' of a residence or cabin. To use charcoal at a campsite would be a violation of the ban. I would keep an eye on the DNR site as I think you may see some clarification in this mess. Not enough rain to have any real impact on the ban. With all the thunder and lightning yesterday and last night, we had a total of .2 in of rain. That will be gone by tommorrow afternoon when the lightning strikes get a chance to get going. Be careful out there.

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delcecchi

We smelled smoke and watched a chopper and the water bomber(or whatever that big yellow thing was) making low passes over west end... head o lakes and wakemup. Was there a fire somewhere? Or rather, where was the fire?

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heartattack22

there was a fire west of the landing in the woods with poor access. They called the yellow CL-215(waterbomber) because of the bad access. Not sure on total size of the fire.

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shamrock7

Fire was 2 acres north of Sunset Lake. Suspect lighning but don't know for sure. I think they finished up the mop up phase at about noon today. Will probably be patrolled for a few days to guarantee that it is completely out. Pretty impressive show watching those CL-215's work.

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shamrock7

Little over 2.5 inches of rain so far today and there is more rumblings out to the west. Lots of lightning At least 2 fires so far even with the rain but they won't go far with this much rain.

The rain came pretty heavy and hard so we had a lot of runoff.

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PSU

Where were the fires Shamrock?

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shamrock7

Cook had a trailer house fire, we had a small fire on Daisy Island and there were a couple others that I do not remember where they were.

We ended up with 4.7 inches here. Good news is that the fire ban is lifted as of noon today.

Here is the text: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/news/releases/index.html?id=1189182827

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Silver Scale

Unofficial but I heard 10 inches of rain at Bear Head State Park.

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    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
    • Bisonguy
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    • AlwaysFishing23
      When i was there all could find was perch but i only fished for about 3-4 hours all weekend. Not sure on panfish but i know the walleye bit is still pretty good. I'm sure theres plenty of panfish to be had back there though to.
    • Wanderer
      +1 here.  I miss the hills of SE MN but when I have birds walking through my yard it’s hard to leave Central MN. Its not like they’re gonna be super easy but I’m trying to get my first with a bow, and that’s not easy.  Not yet anyway.  The more days I can get in, the better.  And sticking around home makes THAT part easier. When I first started hunting turkeys it took me three seasons to kill a bird.  Then every year after that was a score with the shotgun for about 20 seasons maybe?  I’m going into my second legitimate season of effort with my bow.  Hoping two times is a charm.
    • JFitz
      I spent a little time last summer looking for weed walleyes in Niles Bay. About 10 minutes into my experiment I caught a chunky 22" on a spinner rig over a weedbed in about 10'. The weeds were growing about halfway to the surface but that fish had no problem smacking my bait. I'll keep experimenting this year.... can't wait for open water!
    • Rick
      I hear the panfish are kicking it up a bit? Any word out there?
    • Alex wilhelmi
      awesome feedback! thank you so much for the info! Ill get up ther next year, i dont want to keep any i just want to catch some nice eyes and northern.....hell, whatever! ive been in a sleeper 5 times on LOW and we only had one real good trip. upper red lake once in a sleeper caught 3 eyes in 3 days. i dont mind if i catch one or two fish, its all about the experience for me on the big water. but the girlfriend is a hard one to convince at times for a return trip if the fishing is slow. were headed to fairbault this weekend, i hope we get into something. thanks again guys! ill post a report on our trip. good luck on the ice!
    • IceHawk
      Well who else is going after long beards this spring? I was drawn for season B again no surprise. There were surplus tags left as there were last couple years.  Really like the new approach to not having to apply for the later seasons spreads the hunters out and gives guys like me the opportunity to get after them early   Been out doing some scouting and been seeing some big wintering flocks one I was glassing other day had over 60 birds in it! They have really been working over the picked corn lately.  Oh cant wait to hear the first gobble of the year 
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      Pat, July is my best time for walleyes in the weeds! I did not cast spinner baits but did pull spinners with 1/2 crawler right along the edges in about 3' to 4' deep water. We were so close to the boat with our lines that we could see our spinners and actually see the walleyes charge out of the weeds and grab our baits! FUN!! Now, thanks to the rustys, those cabbage weed beds are gone. Cliff
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