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Osakis Fist Ice Report!

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Just to report the fishing this past weekend!
Went up to Osakis friday about 3:00pm and I could see small open spots in the ice out to the right
of the cabin, so we (Joneshat11, Billy my brother and me) went to the north end boat access spot known as the "Saddle".
Joneshat11 put the camera of his new underwater camera down the hole and he could see crappies and sunfish
swimming around in 28' of water.
We ended up catching around a dozen crappies and a few sunfish and a few pike.
Saturday a friend of mine named Jon went with us to the same spot on the saddle and we ended up
catching around 5 pike, the biggest one was the one that I caught that went around 8 pounds. We also caught
some crappies and sunfich, no walleyes!
Saturday afternoon, Jeff my friend joined us and we went out front of the cabin, testing the ice thickness all the way.
4" was what we found every where we went.
Joneshat11 put his camera down and he could see sunfish on the screen and then he saw a walleye.
So he lowered down a Buckshot Rattle Spoon with a minnow head and started jigging it.
The walleye re-appeared, looked at the jig and minnow, swam away, then appeared again and Joneshat11 watched
the walleye take the jig and Lawrence set the hook. Joneshat11 started wooping and hollering telling us just what had happened!
Joneshat11 ended up catching three walleyes and we all caught more crappies and sunfish.
Sunday morning I caught two walleyes on a Northland Buckshot Rattle jig and a minnow head. A 18" and 22"!
Don't know the exact totals of fish we caught but we sure had fun.
Got blown off the lake by 10:00am sunday with
wind gusts to 40mph. Lost two minnow buckets and Jeff lost a Bun-Saver cushion that is on the other side of the lake.
Jeff fish house took off with the wind when he went to check his tip-up. Jeff's fish house had Lawrence's camrea in it and Jeff's
FL-18. Billy caught the house as it came flying by him. Lawrence's camera didn't get broke, and Jeff's FL-18 was OK too.
But when Jeff decided to go back to the cabin, the wind got hold of his house that was acting like a parachute and started dragging
Jeff accross the ice. All we could do was laugh! He finally got hold of the house and collapsed the house so the canvas wouldn't
act as a parachute. Man was that funny!
I think he will be buying ice cleats for his boots now!
Had a great time! grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

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Is that the access between coon point and battle point or is there one further up the bay (further northeast)?

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Thanks for the post I heading up this weekend with the gear this time I had to full of a truck last weekend I think I was watching you guys threw the binoculars get blowen off the lake sunday morning it was funny!!! I could use some edvise on were to fishem acess or a little south of buck point witch is in front of my cabin.
Last weekend it was hard seeing people going out and i couldnt butt I got all the gear ready for friday if any of you guys are heding out we should bs for a while

Should have been dar yesterday

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Does any one know current thickness of the ice on osakis north end. Would like to pull out a small permanant shack out on sat. but i would like to have 7-8 inches of ice before i pull it out. any info would be nice. thanks

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Seabass77, there are two accesses on the very north side of the lake.
One by Holiday resort at the curve in the road just before the resort.
And an access that is accross from Caugrens point where there will be a city of houses pretty quickly!
Turn the opposite direction of the taxidermy sign on the tar road that is in between the Head of the Lakes resort and Holiday resort!
Good Luck!

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6" of ice as of 4:00pm today on the north end.
Last sunday there was 4" of ice!

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Thanks for the info Finlander. Should be up there sat. afternoon. Hopefull its gets cold the next couple of nights. good luck fishing.

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    • mrpike1973
      Hi all hope to make it this Saturday. Depending on the snow coming we should be able to drive on correct?
    • Hoey
      This past weekend, only two were caught by our group of three fishermen and they were small, in the 10" range.  
    • Hoey
      Why not go out of Swift?  I nothing about the Warroad access, sorry.  
    • 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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