Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
cjromano

Northwest Angle Icefishing trip!

22 posts in this topic

Guys -

I have been on the South Shore like 15 times, and I want to try the Angle this year.

I'm thinking about going out of Jake's - but I don't know a lot about the other resorts up that way. Any thoughts?

It is better to drive up through Canada, or do they still offer the bomber rides from Warrod?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi, I spend a fair amount of time up on the North end and would be happy to make a few suggestions. Truthfully it depends on the $$ you want to spend and the type of trip your looking to do. I would highly reccomend Flag Island resort for a top notch adventure. Dan and the staff there set the standard for accomodation and hospitality. You can either drive up to Youngs Bay at the N.W. Angle and take a short sled ride over to Flag or Leave from the Wheelers Point area and take the marked snowmobile trail across the lake. The trails in the N.W. Angle are normaly clearly marked however I wouldn't leave w/o some sort of GPS. Getting lost up there isn't fun. (Been there!!) There are many options for fishing up there, these are just my personal preferences! If your looking for something specific, just hollar and I would be happy to try to help you out! GOOD LUCK

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

NAMA - Thanks for the ideas.

I was originally thinking of staying at Jake's, but I read a couple of posts that said that the bomber rides to the fish houses are really long from the mainland, and that is one reason to stay on the island (Oak or Flag).

What do you think about that?

Also - we have a four-wheel truck, but no sleds. It seems like it might be easier to drive to the resort (instead of taking a bomber from the mainland). Would you agree?

It is ever possible to drive the truck to the ice houses? I guess this would depend on the snow cover...

Finally, I have a buddy (yeah right) going with has a DUI. Any suggestions for dealing with this? We are maybe looking into taking a bomber from Warroad / Wheeler's Point, if this is an option. Would that eliminate the issue?

Lots of questions. This forum is a lifesaver.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Post deleted by fiskyknut

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Buddy with a DUI definitly makes driving to the Angle more difficult with having to drive through Can. customs and all. As far as driving around up there goes...like you said, depends on snopack. Normally it's pretty tough. I would recommend finding someone like our fellow poster that would get you up there via. the U.S. side and select your resort of choice. From that point they will take care of your transportation to and from your house. The Bomber ride does get a little tiresome but sometimes it's worth it if you can pick up some tips from your driver on the way. It's all part of the adventure of getting up north. Have a cocktail, enjoy the ride you'll be there before you know it! Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

View the HSO video about the Northwest Angle. That is a great place and the fishing was great!

Good luck,

Corey Bechtold

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are thinking of going across the lake Sportsman offers fishing packages that you can fish your way up to the angle and then stay as long as you like and either fish back or just get a ride back. I have not done this but have talked to people that have and they have enjoyed it. Another good place to stay is Baystore. They have had very good reports from their guests.

Good luck!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We've stayed at Walsh's Baystore Camp a couple different times and each time had SO MUCH FUN. Frank and Laura treat their guests just wonderfully. They move you if you aren't catching the fish. Their cabins are comfortable and clean. He checks on you frequently too which is nice so you know how other people are doing and if you need to change your jig to what's working best. Their dog Scarlet is such a great girl but watch out for your mitts-she loves a good chase if she nabs one.

Lisa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Walsh's Bay Store Camp will get a second from my wife and I. Great fishing and Frank and Laura are wonderful hosts.

Have been going there for at least 8 years. You won't be sorry if you give them a try.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone ever stay with Flag Island Resort? We are debating between Bay Store, Angle Inn Resort, and Flag.

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello Again CJ! I have had the opportunity to stay at Flag on one occasion and have visited there on several occasions. Dan and the staff as I mentioned before provide excellent accomodations as well as being some of the nicest people I have ever met! They also serve an oriental buffet with everything you could possibly dream of every Sat.evening. I would be so bold as to say, it's some of the best vittles I have ever eaten. In short.. top notch all the way around!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

NAMA -

Just got off the phone with Dan at Flag. We don't have the extra $$ to guide, and will just be fishing in one of his houses. Is he set up for that? I got the impression that he is more focused on the guide service - and let focused on just putting his day houses on fish. What do you think?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been fishing with Jakes in the winter now for 6 years and you can not go wrong with them. They will put you on fish and if you are not they will move you. the bomber ride can get long if you go later in the year, but like said before sit back and enjoy the ride.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CJ, you would probably want to talk more with Dan on that. I do know that he spends ALOT of time on the ice up there guiding trips for guys on sleds, as far as what he has for day houses, honestly I don't know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi CJ, last year Dan partnered with RC Carlson to handle all the day house customers and I believe he is doing the same this year. I'm not sure how many houses RC has but it is quite a few and he moves them frequently. You can drive out to the resort and RC's bombers can pick you up right out front.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just wanted to let everyone know that we booked a trip with Dan at Flag Island. It came down to Flag Island, Bay Store, and Angle Inn.

One of the guys thought he would go stircrazy at Bay Store at night (no bar, no tv, etc.)

Angle Inn didn't have the flexibility with "food"/"no food" options.

Dan seems like a great guy, answered all my questions, and knows what he is talking about.

Thanks for the posts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Post deleted by NAMASafetyDirector

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I stayed at Jakes once. That was enough.

I have stayed at Boystore several times and always enjoyed Frank's quirky jokes and how he went out of his way to keep us on fish. Even if it meant moving our house a few miles.

I Highly recomend Baystore.

I dont like the long Bomber rides from the mainland. I thought they really cut into our fishing time. Right about "Prime Time" your bombers come to get ya. When your on the island you get out sooner and stay later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

AHH Jakes I stayed there my first time to LOW about 13 years ago went up there with some friends and I have been trying to remember that name for awhile, That year the ice was really really bad and the week before a Van full of people went down and all died if I remember right it was a long time ago some on here am sure remember that any way it was a very long ride out to the houses and they couldn't get the bomaders close enough to the fish houses because the ice was that bad so we all got shuttled the last mile on sleds well I was the first one to get shuttled in and sure enough we got half way there and we went through but it was wierd we went through and there was like a nother sheet of ice below us I don't know what the deal was we were about chest high in water I climed out and had to walk the rest of the way and I got such bad frostbite on my hands and ears it was very painfull I was pretty young to 17 or so I have been trying to remember the name for ever. Very bad expirence but the fishing was awsome it seemed as fast as you could get the line down you had one on. I was hooked. it took me 13 years to get back to LOW

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll vouch for the Baystore as well.

We used to stay at NW Angle resort, and the treatment there was always great. No complaints at all. We just got tired of the long bomber rides. Then we started to just run our own sleds and portables. That run from Litle Oak or even 4 Blocks was 12 - 15 miles, one way.

We started going to the Baystore, and now we are fising in just a couple of miles. Last year, we got dumped on by a lot of fresh snow, so we rented houses from Frank. Best big fish trip - ever. Several 23-25 inchers, a 27, a 28, a 29.5, and a 40 inch plus pike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

reel adventures out of warroad is a top notch operation darby and heath are great guys.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been to Jakes a number of times. No problems and always caught fish. TV is nice as fishing is done at sunset. My next trip will be Baystore as some buddies rave about it and just want to try something new. However, Jakes has been good to us and always caught plenty of fish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • ZachD
      Well I ended up picking up the Cabelas zone specialist on sale for $160 plus I had a coupon in the mail for 20 off A $150 purchase
      Picked up a new chair and a power owl call ( Im pretty sure I can call better with no call than that thing) I had a 200 gift card so I walked out of there with 17.00 credit
      Not bad I say I really liked the blind I sat in them all that were set up with my chair and I grabbed a bow from the archery department. I know people will probably disagree but dare I say from what I seen I like it better than the bullpen even.
      It seems to me to be made of a good material too and I can see it lasting awhile as I will take care of it and I am not going to leave it out for days on end. We will see how it is to hunt out of soon.
    • mrpike1973
      I love my 6 inch K Drill however the blades seem to dull faster to me once I figured it out. Happy as a clam. I do regret selling my power auger. I bought a 8 Eskimo power auger for when I go to Mille lacs. the K drill will work just fine but I liked having the 8 inch hole for eyes up there harder to turn there head in a six inch hole. I know you can drill 2 holes together but for me it just worked. Short story Rick G is right on I love my K drill. Would recommend to any one and it's so much lighter when runnin and gunnin.
    • northspear
      tipupsonly it was very hard to just sit and not fish. Yeah it was very very warm up there. I'll walk out if I have to!!!! It'll be my 3rd weekend up in a row.  Love this time of year. 
    • Tony S
        Just wanted to share info on what I know about how those USGS stream gages work.  The stream gaging station will not reflect accurate readings of stage and discharge while ice cover is present.  If you are looking at USGS stream gages you will see a little note in the data table that says "Ice Cover" if this is the case.  They won't be useful until the ice is gone and "Ice Cover" is not showing up next to the readings.  They work on water pressure to estimate the height of water above the gage.  More water flowing under the ice creates more water pressure, so makes the estimated gage height and corresponding estimated discharge go up.  The USGS gage at Manitou should be accurate (no ice cover).  The higher flow will draw the fish in better than low flow.  Another good one to check is the LWCB gages for Rainy Lake and the tailrace below the dam(s).  That will help determine if it's the Forks affecting water levels or just more water coming out of Rainy, which is nice and clear.  Hopefully it won't get muddy!  Maybe see you out there DucksnBucks.  T-Rock-1.
    • Wanderer
      I saw teal for the first time this morning.  I've had 8 drake mergs hanging around the house for at least a week.  Ringnecks have taken their place for about the past week.  The goldeneyes came and went pretty quick.   I heard snows last night.  Other guys reported the same this morning.  One person reported a flock of Ross' geese last night.  Too bad they don't show a hint of setting down around these parts.   Ive heard woodies but can't say I've actually seen one.  And my wood duck house appears to still be empty.  There was a No Vacancy sign on it by this time last year.   In all, I'm seeing the usual suspects but I have to say the numbers are less than last year.  I hope that's just due to there being more open water all around than last year.