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fishing report & ice ???

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think of coming up feb 1st-3rd. can you drive out W/wheel house to the flats.

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No new reports from the weekend

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Outdoorav,

You may want to call and check in before you head up. We were up last weekend and traveled anywhere with a large wheel house. Granted we had the scout truck ahead with chains on the tires blazing a trail, then our truck (with chains) and house, and finally a third truck/house combo. We were fortunate to not have any problems, sometime Saturday a large crack opened up and I'm not sure how that will affect lake travel. I know it affected Nodak's quite a bit, travel out of their resort was limited. It seemed the crack was also affecting Denny's too. We were out of Highbanks all weekend and had many options with their road system.

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30something,

we followed that crack from the north shore area south to center bar. figured there was no sense following any farther.

Rick had the plow truck across the crack once, but then realized that wasnt going to work very well and decided to wait a day to heal up. that night it got even colder and and another crack opened up a half mile closer to highbanks road system.

now things are not quite so cold and a couple days of healing and good luck, we should be able to get a road out and across the crack in two locations. Rick wants to get out towards ravens, and I want to get out to the big hump, but we wont do so until it's safe.

for the record, the crack was 6-7 inches wide in some locations, but the ice was around fifteen inches thick.

I have carved several spur roads, but now my power angle is acting up. I will get it the garage and see if I can figure out the problem. I got some more roads to make and walleyes to catch!

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Ice conditions are allowing for full size vehicles with wheeled houses to get out there. (We drive a one-ton plow truck and are hauling 4300 lbs sleepers) If you're looking for suggestions on places to set-up, give us a call and we'd be happy to fill you in on the latest for fishing reports at 800-365-2560. Here's the news from the weekend......we've been trying to expand our road system further to the northwest towards Zoomers. We currently have a total of 6 miles of plowed roads that lead 3 1/2 miles to the northwest on the humps and many secondary roads including one to Perch Bar. We had some perch, walleyes and northerns being brought in. All in all though it was tough conditions to be out in the elements. With minus 50 degree windchills and minus teens actual temperatures, it was extremely difficult for those in portables to stay mobile. It seemed that groups were averaging 1/3-1/2 their limits of 9"+ perch. Slush conditions are improving with the colder temps that we've been receiving.

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hey jigglestick, whats a spur road??

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jigglestick,

Would you by chance be Mr. D, who stopped by our wheel house this past weekend working your houses around the Perch Bar area with your plow? (white house w/ big brown stripe around it...looks like a frig with all the flourecent lights).

As Thirtysomething noted, we blazed a wagon train trail to Zoomers on Saturday. Unfortunately we didn't find the perch once we got there, but by golly we made it!! (part of the fun). Was just too darned cold and difficult to move around much so we didn't cover much ground there. Ice was good though, and only one small spot of slush along the way by a crack that posed no problem. By next weekend, I'd bet mobility should be great out of Highbanks....assuming no big ice cracking/heaving problems.

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hey thank you for the great update.Highbanks I will check back next week.this we be the first time fishing winn

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King,

spur road, a short road sprouting off of the main resort roads outreaching to other areas of interest ie humps, rock piles, mud flats etc.

in years of little or no snow, they are not nessecary.

Barracuda,

yep, that was me. a cold son of a gun this past weekend eh?

I kinda thought that was you guys who headed out and back across that crack. if you would have seen the wide openness of the crack it self, had it not been covered up by the top layer of snow, I'm betting you may have thought twice about crossing it with a wheel house.

glad you made it out and back ok.

I'll stop again when I see you out there.

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Heading up bright and early tomorrow morning, should be on the lake by 11 AM, we will be fishing out of house #8 at Highbanks, and I can't wait. We'll be there until Sunday, well on the lake anyway, we'll have the portables along in case we feel like chasing, so stop on by and shoot the bull for awhile!

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Zemp, we'll be up there all day Saturday I'm not sure what shack #... but we'll have a Frabil Magnum out as well probably and if its nice enough we'll be outside too. We'll see ya up there maybe good luck!

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Barracuda,

I'm so jealous you met the infamous jigglestick! Darn jobs keeping me from fishing. I hope to run into him again up there. Jigglestick is one of the all time great handles and I've laughed at many a post of his over the years.

Hope the young ones birthday is good, maybe the newbie will crack some eggs.

Catch you soon.

S.

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Ill be headed up to float on the jiggleship maybe tomorrow night or Friday morning, lookin forward to it. Nobody tells a story like Jigglestick, thats for dang sure!!!! \:D

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***Newsflash***Late this afternoon we ventured westward with our plow truck and have reached Zoomers, we also have another road to Big Island. All of our roads are "color coded" - stop by the lodge and we'll give you a map to help you plan your strategy. Sounds like the upcoming weekend is going to cooperate with comfortable temps and this "deep freeze" is going to taper. This should make for some great fishing. Give us a call we still have a few cabins available for the weekend for any last minute trips you might be planning.

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Thanks for the update and I'm glad to see you made it out to Zoomers and just in time. I'll be there around 4:30 so hopefully the bite is starting to improve.

Thanks Again.

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What do you have for ice thickness? old roads, new roads etc.

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good luck to everyone who is fishing this weekend. I will hope for good reports on monday.

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Ice thicknesses on the main road are approx 24". Secondary roads are 18-24". Off roads we are finding 14-18".

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30-something - At Gunflint let's have Johnnie tutor Monster Energy for breakfast. Won't be any sunny sides up, but scrambled eggs should be OK, maybe just a little crunchie! HA HA! He'll learn to crack an egg sooner or later tho.

Speaking of meeting Jigglestick, someone w/ FM should offer us the option to buy little lapel pins or something so we know when we bump into each othe. I don't write much cause I'd rather read on FM, but would love to meet some of the folks who we've come to know over the years thru our "codenames". Like Jigglestick. Who would have guessed he'd come knockin? And we figured it out later by chance. Glad to have met you though! And yes, I'm the dumb one sometimes, although suppose I should be the smart one calculating ice thickness, temp, ice growth rates, etc....then I say "good" and blast across the lake w/fingers crossed, window cracked and ice picks around neck. God's watchin over me I guess so far. Rick too, from what I heard. Stop by and say hello any time you see The FRIG. We're there on Winnie every now and then.

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makes me chuckle. truth be known, I've been gone for a while persuing other interest I guess.

kinda forget how many people I used to correspond with on the net once upon a time.

just ran into another guy today who said, "hey, you wouln'dt be that jigglestick guy would ya"?

can't help but grin when that happens.

I do have my name on my IBOT jacket, but I don't always wear it. A certain amount annonimity helps keep the fishers at bay from my rentals.

not anti social by any means, it's just that when the portables come piling in between my rentals, the noise shuts the good walleye bite down for every body.

I would rather, if they don't know where to go, just come ask me and I'll point them to the best spot I can figure out, away from the crowds. they will have much better luck that way and so will my guests.

I know how the bars and humps lay and would be glad to help any one out.

Today, highbanks shut the access down.

we went out to get one house full of renters out and back to shore and that was it. the road blew shut behind us.

we will be back out there tomorrow to re-open every thing, if the wind lays down.

here's the view from the dam

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Just looking at them pics.I sure am glad I went with my gut feeling and pulled my sleeper off the lake yesterday!

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Just wanted to comment on the class A operation that HighBanks and Jigglestick's run. It's nice to see that people aren't in it just for the MONEY and they think about the best interest of people. My wife and I had a day off together, we were going to try one of jigglesticks houses. Rick at HighBanks had the road closed due to the weather. Keep up the good work and thanks again for looking out for our safety. I'll see ya again real soon

robg785

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Rob, what can you say, it wasn't in the cards today.

I dropped the minnows back off where we got them. they will live to be scooped again.

there are things we can control, and things we can not.

maybe we could have pulled it off, but then again, we could have ended up in a pickle too.

we made the right call.

school is off for tomorrow in Deer River I have now heard.

funny they didn't close it today.

you guys pick another day and give me a call.

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Hey jiggleship it just dawned on me that you may be writing on the whinnie thread. How sweet it is. Glad to see your having a good time. I may have to move in to the area to find some fish. If I bring a house down there do you think I will have any runners left when I get there? Does winnie have any crappies? Only fished it once on opener and we did ok but the wind blew us off the second day and we had to find a small lake that day.If you see my snooping around load the potato gun as I try and capture the flag.

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Hey Jigglestick, is that you! Same one that fished Red like it was goin out of style a few years ago? Remember going out with Kelly P and the Auger flying out of the back of someones truck! Memory if foggy but I remember that!

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