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BreakTheBank

Shermans Flat or Garrison area

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BreakTheBank

How thick is the ice and anyone having any luck? Im heading up Friday and was hoping to put the big house out but dont want to go swimming.

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Ryan_V

I also might head up to garrison this weekend and wonder about the ice on "my side".... also wonder about wheeler travel..

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skies_and_eyes

went out of Garrison Sports last night, hit some big slush spots 1-2 miles out, a little spooky. Fishing was not the best, we caught 3, but they were "keepers."

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BreakTheBank

How much ice?

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Eastwind

I went out of Garrison on Saturday. We stayed within 200 yards of shore. We saw up to 8" on the bare spots and as little as 4" under the drifts of snow. I've heard conflicting reports regarding safe travel to the flats. The resort that my buddy put in at on Saturday told him the there was safe ice out to the flats from just South of Garrison. A post yesterday claimed that there were some cracks on the way to the flats that were up to 8" across. Three of us considered going out to Garrison Reef but we did not see one fisherman out any farther than Pike Point, across the mouth of St. Alban's Bay and just out from Terry's Harbor. I don't like to trailblaze on ice so we stayed and fished Pike Point.

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MidCoast

I wouldnt drive out to the flats yet... A snow mobile should be fine though.

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skies_and_eyes

was out again today...made it back with no problems, where we fished, there was 8-11 inches...lots of fish, but they are still not hungery. Garrision reef would be safe, I drive by there with my sled on my way out

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rockpile

Hi guys this is my first post. I really like the forum,and hope to contribute as much as possible.I will be heading out this weekend to shermans flat for the first time this year. Maybe I will see a few of you guy's out there. Good luck fishing!

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rodmaker

Welcome!!!!!! Good luck and Post your results (good or bad).

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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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