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
Gadgetman

Hows the ice on the chain/Long lake?

14 posts in this topic

Anybody been out there recently? I have the rest of the year off and want to get out there but dont want to make the trip if the ice isnt wheelerable

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been all over the chain on the other lakes with my wheeler so I would assume you should be good to go just use caution as I did have areas with as little as 5 inches. Good luck fishing if you get out!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Icehawk,

Can you get into Koetter lake from the 71 cedar lake access by sled or wheeler? Is it safe to cross under the 71 bridge? Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not no expert on swimming underneath ice, but I would stay away from that area. shocked.gif

There is current in that area, and usually thinner ice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't try it!!! Especially under the 71 bridge. My uncle lives right by the 71 bridge and I can tell you from experiance that area around and under the bridge has terrible ice conditions. As Skeets stated the river has alot of current and variable ice conditions. I venture on alot of it but just because I am aware of whats going on out there and I always use extreme caution and safety procedures!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Could a guy take a sled to the entrance into Koetter from Cedar Island and walk up river from there?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was on Horseshoe Lake yesterday afternoon. I parked on Hwy 22 and walked. First spot i stopped to fish, the ice was at about 5 1/2" to 6". I then moved more towards the island and the ice over there was at about 11". Didn't catch a dang thing either.

I will say that after about 3hrs on Horseshoe I moved to a different lake and NAILED the perch and bass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fished Horseshoe on saturday morning, the 22nd. First time out this year and first time ever fishing the chain. Fished from 7:30 until noon. Ice was about 8" with 2" of bad ice on top. The 2 of us iced 6 eyes, 5 between 13-17". And I iced my first ever cat. Also caught some rock bass. All in all it was a great first time out and I am looking forward to heading back. Fished in about 34 feet of water.

Bus

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

has anybody been out on becker lately. if so how much ice out there, patiently waiting for vehicle traffic so i dont have to take the long walk through snow and slush. it must be gettting close. thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's getting close but still ATV's Snowmobiles and by foot. Problem is a person has to cross the river! ooo.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

ok. thanks for the reply ice hawk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Full size trucks today on Becker, Horseshoe, and Cedar Island! confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

any idea how much ice was out there on becker

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nope sorry. Wasn't on the ice.

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

    • rundrave
      I know its not attached to you. But the issue is with it being attached to the dog and if its running full speed and it gets caught on something. The injuries can occur when its a sudden stop and the collar around the neck is pulled hard from the weight of the dog.   Sounds like to you need to get back to the basics with the check cord and get back to sit, stay and come. You can work her with the check cord in a hallway at home with the doors closed, then move to a larger  grassy area etc. Keep the sessions short and praise, praise and praise some more when she comes back when called.   You never want to give a command you cant enforce and that's where the check cord comes in handy. We have all been there before. But if your not confident with her in the water next to a road you need to go back and revisit those commands and how to enforce them until she is ready. its just not worth risking injury.   You have to make the retrieving fun and if she doesn't bring it back your done for that session, and then she doesn't get to retrieve. Let her see you put the dummy away and then start another session at a later time. Praise, praise and praise when she does it correctly.   Dogs will pick up on your body language frustrations etc.  Just takes lots of reps and keep them short and be positive and she will get there.
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      I actually don't have that long leash attatched to me. Its 100' I believe and the only reason I leave it on her is because Round Lake is right by a busy road so if she wants to bolt after a rabbit or something I can quickly grab that leash. Also sometimes she'll grab the dummy and want to swim around with it so I give a few tugs to let her know her job is to bring it to me, not swim in circles. It's just a safety measure because she isn't quite ready for fully off leash training just yet. I almost never actually need to grab it.    Thanks for the advice though, the last thing I'd ever want to do is hurt a dog, especially mine. I never throw the dummy past where it's safe to walk so if she did get it wrapped in cattails or something and got stuck I'd quickly get her. 
    • Buzzbait Brad Ohio
      Thanks for having me Minnesota. I wasn't able to float the Ottertail river but I did fish the lake every morning. Most fish the first 3 days came on top water whopper plopper. The last day, the water temperature heated up to almost 80 so I changed it up a little bit and fished deep water 10-20 feet and caught fish deep. Here's some of the better fish from this week. The fishing up here is great. Can't wait to make it back. 
    • ZachD
      Nice job I will be out on Sat in the boat
    • hitthebricks
      Sounds like my problem, Thanks  
    • JBMasterAngler
      Small minnow raps, #2 mepps spinners, small spoons. Don't need anything else.
    • curt quesnell
      What a great day jigging out in the mud. Little or no wind all day and it was pretty warm but fish were active, biting and large. A big change came yesterday on my close by spots that threw me for a loop but the fish a few miles away seem unphased. I will say it again a great day!
    • monstermoose78
      Thanks for the advice Dave  I dont let Finn fetch on check cord any more. I only used it when he was a pup
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      There are public beaches at both Hoodoo Point in Tower and McKinley Park in Soudan. Cliff
    • leech~~
      In the summer they seem to be about 20' feet down over 50'-80' feet of water. We trolled small raps with what ever would get it down there. I also had down riggers to use.  You could try some deep hook and slip bobbers with a worm in some of the deeper bays to see if they will take it?  Good luck.