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.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  

Weekend at JR's Access

Recommended Posts


I stayed in a rental house with Battle River Lodge Resort out of JR's Access on Friday night and Saturday night. We arrived an hour early and Jerry was waiting at the house for us. Jerry gave us our choice of three available houses, two of which were brand new wheel houses with four bunks and eight holes. The house was clean and put in a fresh new spot with no garbage around. Even though we spent only the evenings in the house Jerry still managed to check on us twice a day, before we left on the wheelers in the morning and then again in the evening when we got back.

Friday we started fishing about eight miles out of JR's access at least a half mile away from anyone with the plan to move as needed to find fish. Jerry gave us a good starting point and in the first fifteen minutes the four of us had 15 fish on the ice. We started fishing about 1:30 pm until 6:00 pm when we got hungry. I caught 42 walleyes and the group of us finished with about 120 for the day.

We then went to JR's and had him fry up all of our fish and make french fries for us for only $5.00 each. What a screaming deal we did it every night.

That night one of our guys dropped an LED flashlight down the hole. Of course it was turned on and landed pointing straight up. Needless to say we did not have any luck catching fish at night. We only ended up catching five fish out of the house for the weekend. It was kind of neat having in floor lighting for the two nights we were up there.

The next day we were in no hurry so we started with showers and breakfast at JR's. Then headed out to the same spot at about 10:00. We quite about 6:00 pm with 67 walleyes for me and about 175 for the group. Fish again at JR's.

The next morning we only fished for an hour and half. We all had our limit of fish in 15 minutes and caught 40 before we had to leave.

After reading all the reports before we left I was not prepared for all the fish we got. If we would have stayed any longer I would have had to get more bait. I personally started with three scoops of shiners and four scoops of fat head minnows. Shiners on set line with either a red hook, red jig or red fat boy did the trick. Jigging rods were dominated by a red glow demon and red rattling varmint. For the most part the bites were hard and aggressive, sometimes the bobber would even pop when it went down.

Thanks JR and Jerry it was more than I hoped for.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Team Otter    0
Team Otter

Nearly 2.5 minutes per fish for 4 guys for 2+ days of fishing. WOW! I'm impressed...

Thanks for the report.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
walleye101    0

My math says about 2.5 minutes per fish but still an incredible catch rate.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Red_Eye    0

Our story was similiar to yours. Not the great numbers as you reported but overall a very good weekend of fishing. The first day and night we stayed in the rented fish house. We caught some fish but not many. We also dropped a flash light down the hole. The second day we moved cross country and came into many many walleys almost all were in the 16 1/2" to 19" range.

We used JR's access for the first time this year. He has a very nice business. We rented fish houses from Ryans who has newer Ice Castle which were clean and moved that day. Ryan gave us the coordinates to start our second day. Overall I think we were very satisfied with both JRs and Ryans. JRs have a nice road that goes a long ways out.The key in my opinion is to mvoe,fish,move,fish. We were also very fortunate the weather was almost perfect last weekend.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
tjhunter    0

Ok - you guys are killing me! 48 hours and I'll be up there! Thanks for the great report - very informative. Are you willing to give up any additional info - How far off the road were you? How deep? East or west of the road? We're headed out of Waskish. Could we get to your area on the ice?

It's our first trip up to URL this weekend and I just want to get it right...



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

We were off the road about a half mile to the west in 13-14 feet of water. I know there must have been some type of structure under me because my Marcum showed kind of a false bottom in yellow where my jig would disappear from view but still go down several inches. I also had a walleye pull my bobber line down while I was reeling in a fish on on my jig line and the line got snagged on something.

As far as how to get out there from another resort I don't know. If traveling by snowmobile or 4 wheeler the lake is pretty much open to travel anywhere you want to go from what I saw.

Good luck I hope the bite lasts so more people can enjoy the fishing potential that Red can provide. I know I have never come close to matching it before.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
swedishpimple    0
swedishpimple would be a fool to try to make it to JR's by wheeler or truck across the lake. Sleds may be ok....but take the road on the South Shore drive...go past Roges...past Morts....then to JR's can't miss it.

I never fish out of Waskish anymore, coming from Bemidji I can shave 30 miles by taking backroads to the South Shore. I typically leave Waskish for the tourists from all over the country. I just wish the Westwind was called the Northwind!!!!

Share this post

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

  • Posts

    • SkunkedAgain
      The public launch at The Landing on the west end stays open until the ice sets in, but they do pull the dock sometimes around the end of October / beginning of November.
    • KidMoe
      Just curious if people are finding fish moving into fall patterns yet or still finding them in more summer locations?  I've been finding good sized panfish in deeper water myself around more mid lake structure. Most of the lakes I've been on are still pretty green with algae and weeds. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Captain Acorn, I use Gamagatu  octopus hooks. Size 4 for crawlers and size 2 for minnows. Red, black, chartreuse, and pink , mostly red and black. I use orange and green glow soft beads at times. (Worked today!) Cliff
    • Barrington
      LIMITED SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE..   Barrington Lake camp will now be offering remote ice fishing for the very first time thanks to its unique train access. You can also come by ski-doo from the town of Savant Lake. Its a 30-45min ride. Ice fishing with us at Barrington r Camp will be one of the coolest fishing trips you ever experience! Pristine snow covered lakes in the rugged Canadian Shield. Remoteness! Where the fish are plentiful and tasty! During our ice fishing season, we use the main lodge for accommodations. The air tight wood stoves in every room keep you  toasty warm and the propane lights make it cozy and rustic. This is remote ice fishing at its best. At camp you will have a heated room, Wi-Fi, full kitchen with propane fridge and stove, a newly built heated outhouse, and electricity on demand to charge batteries and extra lights. A flat screen TV for hockey games is also available. We access numerous lakes by snowmobile, ATV and even snowshoes. We travel with portable ice huts to keep us mobile and on top of fish.  Water will be available through the lake but there will be no running water for showers. The fishing has been outstanding all summer long so why not extend it year round. Main species in the lake are walleye, northern, white fish, and some perch. There has been numerous 26"-30" walleye's caught on a weekly basis through out the summer. This camp and lake have been private up until this past summer. 90% of groups who came for the first time this year have already booked for next year. References are available.
      Limited spots available for ice-fishing. Only 2 rooms available in the winter months. You will have 1000's of acres of water at to your self.   ******4 Man Sunday to Monday Special $600/Person******
      Included in the package.. -Accommodations
      -Train tickets
      -Ice auger
      -Ice Shelter
      -Quad or Ski doo for traveling the late All you need is your equipment & Food. Our ice fishing packages are very flexible and can be customized to suit your requests. Come try one of our Northwestern Ontario winter getaways, ice fishing remote waters! The train departs either Armstrong Ontario north of Thunder Bay, or Sioux Look out Ontario 2 days a week. Its a 1.5 hour ride direct to camp from either direction. Dates can be re-arranged to suit your needs.
      Call or e-mail for more information.
      Tonnes of new reviews & references available from this year.
      Check out our website at
      or our Facebook page Jonathan & Lyndsey
      807-407-4202                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      807-407-3997
      You wont be disappointed!! No one has been yet!
    • Hoey
    • Captain Acorn
      I was up for a long weekend this past weekend. For us the only thing that was working leadcore with cranks 18-24fow looks of eaters but not one over 18" couldn't get the digging raps rigs or jog and minnow to go but I'm sure it's not far off caught about half of mine on cranks when I was turning and didn't seem to matter weather the pole was on the inside or outside 2.2 2.4 was our speed flicker shads and deep runner raps #5 and 7. Cliff what style and size of hook do u use for your minnow rigs? Any beads used? 
    • monstermoose78
      This weekend near grand marais on thursday and Friday the no see ems were out. A few skeets but once it cooled down the no see ems were gone. Fished a lake that known for horrible bugs and it was not bad.
    • monstermoose78
      I would trade my crossbow for normal bow any day
    • Wanderer
      That's correct.  For now.
    • FishinCT
      We did well today from 1-4pm on an underwater point. Finally found some fish in a semi-sheltered area. Last few days have been tough to control the small light boat with all the wind. Most caught on pink jigs in 21-30ft.  Cliff I did try the circle hook lindy today with the big minnow and nailed the first bite I had. Next 2 bites grabbed it hard but dropped it. Work in progress!