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Pine Island 3-9 report....

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6 of us hit LOW yesterday, we rented houses out of Bayview Lodge like we always do. We were out about 6 miles in 33' of water. Tons of little saugers 6-8" that need to be reeled up very, very slowly and handled w/ care to be releases. After all, they'll be keepers in a few years! They were on the graph pretty much the entire day from 8am to 5pm. We ended up w/ 3 limits with a couple walleyes included. Also caught a few tulibees for the smoker and 1 11.5" sumo perch. TONS of fun on and off the ice. I'm hoping to make one more trip up before the ice leaves. Dead sticks w/ spring bobbers, a pink or green head glow demon and half a minnow worked best. I also caught a few on a small orange/gold forage minnow spoon and a minnow head.

Oh yeah, the guys that were snowmobiling out to the islands seemed to be coming back in around 2pm, so we were guessing they had their fish for the day, but that's just speculation.


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Four of us did pretty good Friday afternoon two miles past Pine Island in 27 feet. Mostly small sauger, 11-12 inch with a few bigger fish. Saturday eight of us rented two houses from Riverview out form Pine Island in 31 feet. The morning seemed to be real strong and then it died off. Sunday we tried the same spot we were at Friday and only ended up with a few.

We had very few walleyes all weekend, maybe four or five. I only caught two small fish with jiggen spoon. It almost seemed to spook the fish away. We had alot of action on plain hooks and pink demon set-lines.

I also noticed lots of sleds and bombers coming from the angle early in the day. I think that might be the place to be.

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Here is my report from the weekend.

We fished about 25 fow just out past Pine Island and did pretty well. We were 2 walleyes and 3 sauger short of our limit for three people, but all the fish we kept were quality fish. Saugers ran from 12-15 and walters ran 14-18.75. Our best luck came on a pink glow jig with a shiner, but the fish wouldn't bite right after charging the jig, they waited until the glow died down. We also caught a few on a gold jig, but the pink was about 85% of the bobber rod bite. I also pulled out the buckshot spoon, white and orange, 1/4 oz, and tipped it with a shiner head (upside down worked best) and just rattled the snot out of it about 6" off the bottom. I caught about 25 sauger and a couple eyes doing that Saturday afternoon. The bobber lines were set anywhere from 1-3 inches off the bottom. Any higher and they just wouldn't take it.

Here are a few photos.

Rob (aka TroyMcLure) with the first walter of the weekend, obviously not the biggest.


Rob's dad with his first ever walleye. Can you tell that Rob was excited for his dad's catch?


Me with an 18.5" walleye.


Rob with a little redemption, 18" walleye.


Rob's dad during the lull in the bite, takin a nap.


And me with a bonus piggie perch on the way home.


Great weekend overall.

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I head up with the crew on Thursday, on the ice Thursday afternoon. Can't wait, gonna look for hogs, praying I can find just 1. All portable action for me. How is the conditions for my wheeler? Will be on Adrians Road.

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Once you make it through the 4 foot high bank on either side of the road, you will be okay. There are areas that have a spot busted through, but there is a lot of snow cover on the lake, some of it very deep. I would pack a shovel just in case.

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Yep, still lots of snow on top of the ice, big banks along Adrians road too. I'm hoping we get a good melt down and hopefully I can talk my wife into heading up with me in 2 weeks for one last walleye bite before the ice disappears.


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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
    • Naturboy
      Those were caught from a shallow lake (17’) in 9 feet of water at the bottom of the first shoreline break. I was using a UV buckshot and minnow head since the water was murky. The crappie is still swimming the walleye not so much. I didn’t get the exact location. Sorry  
    • 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.
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    • 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!
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