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LARZ

Thinking about heading to Washington on friday. Just wondering how the ice is now and if you think we will be able to get off the north landing? I checked the ice conditions forum and it didn't say much about Washington. If this snow blew off the ice I would think by Friday there should be 4-6 inches of ice.thanks for the replies.

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Team Otter

This week's forecast looks promising. Continue checking the ice reports at the top of the page or I also recommend having a look at the situation for yourself. Ultimately, you're not going to go out unless your comfortable with the conditions.

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BIG DS

Mud Bay south of Westwood is getting around 5" or so. The rest was about 3". There were about 6-8 people out Sunday fishing straight out from Westwood. Mud Bay has been frozen up for about a week and a half from Westwood straight out to the grassy point directly east accross the bay so it is a bit thicker. There has been a pretty good crappie bite early on so far. Not setting any records but they are there.

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Phill Aldahl

Any secrets BIG DS, was out there today from 2-4 and didn't even mark a fish. Just drilled a bunch of holes all in the 6-11' range.

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Team Otter

Haven't been there yet, so take this for what it's woth; typically you need to be right on the cover or parallel to a transition this time of year in 3 - 6' of water for that crappie bite to happen.

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BIG DS

Nope, no secrets. I guess its more of a time thing. The guys that have been catching them do have some time invested. In that area of the lake it is more a matter of letting the fish come to you than you finding the school and whacking some slabs. Reel Weeds do wonders over there. I used 'em last year and they definetly helped.

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Crappiechaser

Big DS,How you been? Do you remember who I am? Would you know if the ice on the north side of washington is anygood? Just wondering if I would be able to get out there this weekend if I come home from st.cloud.

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    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

      North and East of us in Canada, big Crappies are coming in on light tackle setups out of 30 feet. If you are looking for walleye, they are everywhere!

      Until next week, 

      Sunset Lodge
    • JBMasterAngler
      On the Bayfield side of the bay, the target depth is typically 10 to 40 ft. The basswood island area is where they go after lakers. There’s a plowed road that goes out there. As of last week the ice was about 20 inches in that area, might be thicker now. Check out the Bayfield webcam, you can see what kind of activity is going on.
    • Jarrid Houston
      Wanderer, stop in at the River Rock bait shop in Ashland and they will get you pointed in the right direction.  They are always pretty cool about that.  Fishing near Ashland off of 2nd landing can be good.  Don't need nothing more than regular walleye gear, and some tip-ups and really there is no rhyme or reason where a guy should set up shop. Its a pretty wide open water and the fish that live there are always on the move. For us, most often, the sit and wait pays off.  It has been slower as of late, but still some fish..  Good luck, JH
    • cat44
      Anybody know if there is a pressure ridge/ice heave out in front of the Warroad Access? I know ice conditions will change throughout the coming weeks. Looking forward to getting after some pike.  The last few years there has been a pressure ridge there, last year it went from Springsteel over to Swift. And we've been up there plenty of times when there hasn't been one at all. Just curious to find out what conditions are like in that bay. Thanks!
    • Hoyt4
      Most likely our last trip up this year unless we go up for crappies but i'm running out of weekends. We had another great trip this weekend the fish are so fat this year more than I remember in the past.  Got my old man out for a good walleye bite he had a blast and caught a ton of fish. One day they just attached the bait as it was coming down they would come up and smash. Next day you put in the bottom and not even see the lure on the vex bring up a tad and they would smack it. Fun and a lot of snow hitting yesterday when we left.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • SaintPaulPaul
      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
    • Iowabrewcrew
      Funny...seems like when the Emerald run slowed down up there 4-5 years ago, the fishing followed suit!
    • anyfishwilldo
      they only ran for a couple days.  They have them on the canadian side but its illegal to transport live bait across the border
    • JerkinLips
      Cliff - much more than the 4-6" they were predicting.  It was a tired drive back to Blaine late Saturday night, but would have been a much tougher drive back Sunday.
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