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widetrack

Hows the Warroad access lookin?

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widetrack

I'd say a 4 wheeler would be ok. There isn't a whole lot of snow left out there.<P>A 4x4 truck would be a big risk in my opinion. There is current in the river this year, and I wouldn't chance it with a truck anymore.

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FishHawker82

Thanks widetrack, I make sure to bring the wheelers then.

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FishHawker82

I was just wondering if you can get on at Warroad with an atv or possibly a four wheel drive vehicle. Thanks for the response. <P>FishHawker82<P>

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marine_man

I just got off the phone with a guy at Riverside Bait & Tackle.. he said that two pickups went through the ice by the warroad public access... but that they were right next to the docks which was already too weak for a pickup. He said that if you'll be running a 4 wheeler or a sled you'd be fine for the weekend...<P>We're still headed up... will anyone else be joining us?<P>marine_man

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Lip RIPPER!

Nice picture WT. What time did you take it?

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widetrack

It was taken this morning, but I didn't take it. Just relaying the message.<BR>

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marine_man

Widetrack,<P>Do you have any more information on the conditions at LOTW?<P>Thanks,<P>marine_man

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widetrack

I was out on my sled Wednesday evening. The ice conditions were perfect. There was just the right amount of slop for lubrication, and cooling, but no standing water or major slush holes. I was traveling 55+ pulling the otter.<P>Sleds or Atvs should be fine this weekend. There was still 3 feet of solid ice. Watch out for cracks that open up though. They can change in a hurry this time of year.

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marine_man

Thanks for the info... now if I could only get out of work earlier to start heading up... oh well... I'll be there soon enough I guess...<P>marine_man

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ironman

I'm leaving as soon as I get off this computer!! Good luck fishing everyone and see ya out there!!

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hanson

Wow, glad thats not my pickup sitting there. Is it really that hard to leave your vehicle on shore and load up the ATV or sled and be 'safe'? We're actually going 1 step further and just walking out this weekend. Of course the areas we're fishing are close to shore but it just doesn't make sense to put my equipment at risk like that.<P>Well, whatever the rest of you decide to do, use some common sense and err on the side of caution. Should be a beautiful weekend!

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jlm

I hope everyone was ok! Good thing is was shallow. I will be up this weekend chasing big pike, hope to see you all out there! Good luck!

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hanson

Hey all remaining ice fisherman out there,<P>Just got back from LOW last night, the Durango is not in the water any more at the access. <P>When we went out in the morning the ice was in pretty good shape. My dad and I set out on foot and didn't even make it 100 yards past the access when a group of fisherman on an ATV offered a ride to us. Now how do you like that, I love Lake of the Woods and the people you meet up there. Anyway, they were heading out to Swift Ditch and said we could go all the way if we wanted to. The ice was in real good shape all the way out except for a 1' crack about a mile east of Warroad. The way back in was a different story, we hit a number of real slushy areas, the crack stayed about the same, and the ice seamed to deteriorate a little more around the access. Doesn't seem like it'll be long now before you can't get on the ice anymore.<P>Swift Ditch access is also not an option to get onto the lake. Looked like plenty of water around there for the ducks & geese to play in. Every vehicle that came down and took a look ended up turning around.<P>So thats the end of it for me. Even though I hate to do it, icefishing is over for this year.

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bturck

hanson: Guess it was bound to happen that eventually the hard water turns soft. I enjoyed your reports and insights this past year. Always interesting to read about other areas of the lake. <P>I agree with you on the great people up there. Our last trip 3 of the guys took the bomber to another house about 1/2 mile away. The fish did not cooperate so my son in laws brother decided to walk back to the house I had stayed in. It was great day and not bad walking, but snowmobiler picked him up and dropped him at my house. Thats what makes this such a great place to be. Hope your spring and summer are good. Later, bill

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iffwalleyes

Yes LOW is great. Just got back myself and decide that I would check things out here. Marine_Man and my last trip was interesting to say the least. On the way up from ND turned and headed over to Drayton only to find that the bridge over the Red River was closed due to flooding. So we flagged down the local law enforcement officer I must say that was a first for me. We ask where we could get across and he said since we were heading to Warroad head up to Hallock so we did but it add a bit of time onto the trip no loss we made it. Well the Sat morning came and we decide to give the pike a shot. Headed out about 5 miles from Warroad the access was exactly what Hanson mention not bad but it got worse as the day when on. Anyhow we got all set up and were fishing when Marine_Man said to me oh S@#t I forgot to get a new license. So, I said reel your lines up and get to town to get a new on. So away he went on my wheeler. He was gone about ten minutes when he call and said has you wheeler ever cut out on you and died I said no never done that he said well I am a mile from Warroad and it just did that. So now I am thinking great I am 4 miles from him and he is a mile from the access. Well thanks to who ever it was but someone was nice enough to pull him into the landing and he proceeded to become legal for a new year and picked up a bottle of heet put it in the wheeler and after some tinkering got it running so thankfully he got back out to me. So thank you very much to the nice soles that pulled him in it was appreciated very much by both of us. Well unfortunalty the pike weren't so nice to us. We had a couple flags but they dropped the bait before we got them set. So we moved and that lead to the next problem of the day. I was driving around a group of guys trying to stay away from them when all of a sudden I saw something orange on the ice so I stradled it with the wheeler but the otter smacked it I just ran over a tip up. So, I turned around and prepared to get my butt chew and this group just holler at me it's ok keep going. So I am sorry to that group I sure didn't mean to hit it. So the long and short of it yesterday ended up being a great day on the ice but no pike to show for it. So we ended up going into Izzy's last night for a couple and got to talking to a couple guys who said they had been getting so into so eyes over by long point. So that set the plan for today. One more chance at some eyes. Well today at least we caught some fish we probably caught about 30-40 fish same story though several 12 inchers we did manage 7 nice fish for the pail. But my season ended on a good note. My second to the last fish for the year was a 25" 5.5 lbs walleye. Marine_Man finished the season with an eel pout serves him right he usually gets the big ones and I get the pout. So once again it has been another great season of fishing at the pond. I sure wish I lived closer than 4 hours but I don't so I just try to get there as often as possible. Good luck everyone on the soft water. Hopefully my construction schedule this summer will allow me to get up there and on the soft water. In 10 years of fishing the pond I have never fished it without ice. I think that I will have to do something about that this year. Again thanks to all the great resorts and guide services for another great year and to all the friendly people we meet while there. Good luck<P>P.S. I talk to Richard at Babbler's and he said today was the last day he was letting people out. I don't think Long Point will be far behind. Today we went up and looked at the access in Warroad and they looked really tough today. I pretty sure this was the last weekend to get on up there. The ice is good in the morning when it is cold but after it warms up for the day it turns into a mess. Good luck but be safe and use common sense when heading out.<P>------------------<BR>Grip it and Rip it<P>IFFWalleyes<BR>I Fish For Walleyes<BR>iffwalleyes@yahoo.com<p>[This message has been edited by iffwalleyes (edited 04-05-2004).]

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hanson

Iffwalleyes,<BR>You guys get to the Swift Ditch area to fish Pike? 5 miles out from Warroad puts you about there. If you did, you had to have been fishing near us. We were east of the guys with the big blue tarp and the snowmobile trailer on its side for a windbreak. It was real slow for us too, 1 bite early and that was it. The guys next to us had a 33" and about 4 other flags that they lost or missed. The guy handling the 33" managed to get one of the treble hooks through his thumb while trying to unhook it. Ouch! <P>The group with the tarp pulled in a pretty nice fish. I assume it was over 40" because the guy was walking back to the group with the fish dragging on the ice hanging from a gaff. frown.gif I was a little upset when I saw that scene. It appeared to me that the fish wasn't measured until they flopped it down on the trailer. If it wasn't a legal fish, I can't imagine it would have a good chance to survive after that episode. <P>Lets eat the little ones and let the big girls go. And if its going to the taxidermist, I'd hope better care was taken of the fish to get it to the taxidermist in the best condition possible.

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jlm

I was up to, the fishing was not just slow but totally turned off. Not a flag all day. We were in the Willow Creek area. From all other accounts from other fisherman, it was slow all over!

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iffwalleyes

Hanson I bet you were right next to us. We were the farthest to the east in that area. I have a yellow wheeler and a green otter house. <P>------------------<BR>Grip it and Rip it<P>IFFWalleyes<BR>I Fish For Walleyes<BR>iffwalleyes@yahoo.com

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