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Anyone other then myself starting to get the open water itch? I know theres lots of panfish and those lakers to be caught threw the ice. But I would think some guys are starting to get a little burnt out looking down a ice hole, well except maybe for that Northlander guy ;\)

Anyone other then me go out and sit in their boat in the garage or start putting reels back on the summer rods yet? Who's ready for the Brule or for the early walleye rivers to break open?

What are some of the new things you bought for open water? You got every weekend planned out yet?

Time for me to go sit in the boat somemore, maybe drop the riggers and set some rods. Turn the radio on and dream about open water:)

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Steve Foss

Yeah, I'm ready for spring.

Gas prices are going to screw things up for me for sure, but I'm really missing the sound of waves lapping at the boat, loons calling and eagles plucking fish out of the water.

It'll get especially hard to bear once laker season is over on Sunday. \:\(

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Northlander

Im still in the ice mode. I know with 3' of Ice on most lakes its going to be a long time until my boat gets out of a landing.

So its late season panfish for me. Then Loopers, then smelt then out comes the boat.

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Viking

I have been dreaming for a while. I hope to get up to my boat this weekend and putz around a little. I brought 2 reels in for repair, I ordered a 3 lb spool of Trilene big game, I have a new reverse cycle heat/AC unit sitting here. I want to be ready to go in as soon as they get the docks hooked up and the power on. I was wondering how long it was going to be before someone put a post out like this.

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Steve Foss

I'm surprised this thread didn't turn up in January. The snow is already melting off my boat cover. C'mon spring! grin.gifgrin.gif

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tacklejunkie

 Originally Posted By: stfcatfish
Yeah, I'm ready for spring.

Gas prices are going to screw things up for me for sure, but I'm really missing the sound of waves lapping at the boat, loons calling and eagles plucking fish out of the water.

It'll get especially hard to bear once laker season is over on Sunday. \:\(

Ahhh, the sound of spring peepers while fishing at night. the morning drumming of grouse. getting out on the big pond for some early season trout trolling along the point, the smell and sound of an outboard....

ok, im tormenting myself. i hear the water running off my roof

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hanso612

I have Robins in my yard today, the suckers are staging on the Cannon river. Hans

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JAR JAR

Fifty degrees yesterday and the cutter in the harbor. It won't be long at all. I too saw a robin yesterday.

Jar Jar

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ripstick

Now if we can get some landings freefrom ice a dream mite come real. Got the rods & tackle ready today. Wanted the boat. But that just was not going to happen need some more nicer weather.The dream will be real shortly.

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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.  
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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. 

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      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.
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      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
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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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