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pikerliker

1st time in sleeper/Zipple

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pikerliker

I am going up the 16th and 17th to Zipple bay with my dad and two sons aged 9 and 11. It will be a first for all of us in a sleeper house. I fished LOW just once before last December in a portable but I am really looking forward to taking my boys, and my dad up. Anyone else gone through zipple bay and any advice on what they are biting on right now? Also how do you like their sleeper houses, service, etc?

Thanks ~piker

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bobbersup

We'll be up the 14th and 15th in a sleeper. Was up last year 2 times and did well. The sleepers are fine, it was -45degrees on the way up and the house was warm, only had one hole that was hard to keep from freezing alittle. We were in 28fow used fatheads on jigs off the bottom, Vex was needed and were able to to get them to chase it up. Red and pink glows seems to work best. Also did some jigging w/spoons and got some more active fish, Nothing big, but good eaters! You should have a great time! Good luck! smile.gif

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bobbersup

One other thing....don't forget the pout bit at night! The kids should have a blast pulling up a big pout!! grin.gif

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ratmn218

heading up tomorrow morn [sunday]to zipple, also in a sleeper. ill give report when we get back weds. 1st time with zipple, so i hope they put us on fish.i also hope they moved the houses out deeper than the reports ive read recently.

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cookboy

You guys will have a blast! I still remember my 1st trip to LOTW at Zipple with my uncle like it was yesterday.

Someone from Zipple will check on you once or twice during the day to make sure all is well.

Gold jigs, and glowing jigs in various colors seem to do well.

Bring some hand wipes and good toilet paper because you'll be pooping in a bucket with a plastic bag liner. blush.gif I always bring a coleman type lantern, because the poop house will likely be a small fish house you'll have to walk to(not far). The poop house won't be heated or lighted so the coleman helps in many ways.

You will catch a pout or 2 after dark but, the action isn't fast and furious so, bring some activities for the boys. If your not swilling beers and playing cards the night can get a little long.

Sleeping on the ice is totally cool! The ice cracks and shifts all night. If it's a clear night you'll never see so many stars.

Good luck and have fun!

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Buck44

My girlfriend and I stayed in a sleeper up on Lake of the Woods before christmas. I highly recommend bringing a portable carbon monoxide detector with you. The heater in the house we stayed in didnt work right. The guys from the resort told us to run the stove burners to keep warm. Next thing you know our carbon monoxide detector was going off. We ended up having to leave a day early. If it wasnt for the portable carbon monoxide detector that we bought at Target on the way up, we probably would have died.

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lichen fox

Just got back from Zipple...the morning started out O.K., a litttle slower than I like it , but managed to sort through the little, little ones and end up with a limit of eyes and saugers...the walleyes kept were all 14 to 15inches...(2 14 inchers and 2, 15 inchers) saugers were 13 1/2" to 16 inches...you really had to work em to get a bite....a friend of mine 70 yards away didn't catch a single fish over 11 inches all day!! Orange and chartruse glow devil with a chub under the bobber line and a similar colored buckshot rattle jig tipped with a shiner head on my jigging line worked for me. I was in about 24 feet, Nick said they had been doing best in 19 - 20ft the past few days....Roads are in great shape...hats of f to Nick and Deanna and the crew!

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pikerliker

Thanks for the replies/advice guys. I appreciate it. Especially on what the "toilet facilities" are like and the carbon monoxide detector. I am planning on bringing up some games, etc for the boys for the evening. I also planned on leaving a rattle reel or two down for some poute at night. Who knows, maybe a rouge walleye will bite at night up there.

Thanks again ~piker

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jthd

Just got back from the big lake today.We had real good luck on 5 mile.Limited on walleye sauger and caught a bunch of 14 15 inch perch.Orange and white was good for us.Gold jigs have always caught me a bunch of fish there to.Haven't been to zipple this year but last winter i limited everytime.Jigging seemed to be the only way they would bite the vexlar helped us get some fish to.Shiners and chubs always seem to work good.We had best luck about 2 inches from bottom.I talked to some people that were at zipple this weekend some did good and some didn't hope you can hit it hot.different colors and jigging and you should be able to find what theyre bitting on and have a blast,good luck.

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