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First time at Zippel Bay next weekend. How is fishing and what lures are hot? Are they driving out? What bait are the fish biting on? grin.gifgrin.gif

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curt quesnell

Relax Wild4fishing,

They are driving out with vehicles. The rest of

your questions can be answered with a few minutes of surfing

the other posts in recent threads. The bite should be good

but could change by next weekend. Check here midweek.

Have a great trip, you will love Zipple Bay Resort

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Thanks for the update on the driving situation. The LOW reports have really slowed down lately. I suppose everyone is out fishing.

My dad and I are heading up Wed. - Fri. and I've been trying to decide if I should bring the ATV or not. If it was just me, I might bring it anyway, but he prefers the "truck method" with the bigger portable instead of the otter. No need to bring the trailer if I don't have to.

Is it safe to assume they are driving pickups out of Adrian's as well?

Can't wait to get started...

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Trucks are going out in most places but if a crack comes up in a bad place, you will kick yourself for not brining the atv...

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happy to hear trucks are driving out. anyone have a fishing report out of Zippel bay. we will be up on Friday.

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A couple of my buddies left today for their annual four day fishing trip to LOW. Talked to him once he was north of Grand Rapids. Lucky sucker. I was at work. Silver lining: Our trip to Zipple is only a week and a half away! cool.gif I cannot wait!! I like the idea of the deep day house to seek them sauger. Good luck fishing all!

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wildforfishing, I fished Zipple today. We started fishing about 9:30 didn't catch a fish til 20 to 11. It was fairly steady after that, caught some real nice saug.and walleyes. We fished in 28 ft. of water. I caught most of my fish on a perch colored jigging rap. tipped with a minnow head. A buddy caught most of his on a dead stick with a "pink/white" jigobit with a shiner. Can't wait to go back!!! Pat

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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. 

      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!
    • anyfishwilldo
      they only ran for a couple days.  They have them on the canadian side but its illegal to transport live bait across the border
    • JerkinLips
      Cliff - much more than the 4-6" they were predicting.  It was a tired drive back to Blaine late Saturday night, but would have been a much tougher drive back Sunday.
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