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My wife and I will be joining up with a cousin and aunt and uncle this weekend for our first-this-year ice fishing trip. We are headed to Royal Dutchman to stay and headed out to fish from there. If you'd be willing to let me know which jigs and spoons to bring I'd really appreciate it. We haven't had fish in months and it's about time that we did! Any tips would be much appreciated! Thanks and Best of Luck to you and yours.

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Boar

My top choices would be red glow ju-ju's, orange glow buckshot rattle spoon, Red glow rattlin varmit, Red glow gold jiga bit, Red glow doodle bug, Halographic image on a rattle spoon, Gold gemin eye, Red glow hammerd gold back gemin-eye. Under a bobber, This very important, Last weekend my buddie set his bobber stick this way an smashed decent fish, Plain red hook, split shot ten inches up from hook, with a mosher foam bobber set a foot off the bottom. Chubs, chubs, chubs. Good luck Boar

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Royal Dutchman

Boar, I'm with you all the way to the chubs! Give me shiners or send me bowling!

Tom, when you grab that red rattle varmit, grab a white one (green glow) also. I think most days the green has a bit of an edge during the day but the red is hot from 3PM on. The small size is my favorite.

JR's (I think) is making a rattle jig that's about half the size of the small varmit & has been my go-to for a few weeks. Doesn't hurt to put a bit bigger treble on them, but I do that with about everything anyway. They worked well yesterday. Give a call before you come & I'll tell you where I'm catching.

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Boar

What ? no chubs doug? Man we had a over a hundred fish weekend from LP to 16 an could'nt buy a fish on a shinner. I guesse it's what they want when they want it, no doubt we play by their rules. Later boar

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TomBow

Thanks to all who responded, Guess I'll be hitting the tackle shop on the way up. I'll e-mail you directly Doug for more info. Best of luck to all, should be a great weekend!

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lakowoods

Doug yes they are JR's new rattling spoons I got all the sizes and colors, fatheads are doing just as well as shiners, the bite is still going strong for most. the bay is doing great now but the limit changed so your only allowed 2 now under 19 1/2" in the bay and the river, very good chance for a big fish picture. someone brought in their cam phone showed me one almost 32" today from the bay.

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ret swabby

Doug, are shiners still available or will it be fat heads? We will be getting there late on Friday night and going over to LP. Bringing the better half along this time so I need to catch something. She still thinks we stop at Morey's in Brainerd on the way back after the trip. smile.gif

Swabby

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Boar

whos got a good selection of JR's. Boar

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Royal Dutchman

Terry,

Yes shiners are available but according to Boar a mix is advisable. Never stop 5 bucks short of a good fishing trip.

Thought maybe "Pop" was making you bring him back but this ones for the Mrs. eh? You better put her on fish!

Boar,

Looks like Steve at Log Cabin is set up with JR's stuff.

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Wiskers

Boar, that shinner deal.. last time I was up there we could not get a bite on shinners only on chubs, but every fish we cleaned was full of shinners... how odd is that... maybe they are getting board with shinners.. wink.gif

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Boar

It's always different it seems like, I called my freind who was back on 16 Wens. an fish were hitting shinners, like doug says a good mix is a cheap investment. Hmmmm... How many slow days could have been avoided if a guy just changed the minnow. Boar

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TomBow

Just to make sure I read you right, the daily limit is now 2 only for Walleye and Sauger and they have to be under 19.5"? Just making sure I know the limit so I don't break the law. Thanks and Best of luck to all!

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    • 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, 

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    • 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.
    • PRO-V
      Agreed!!
    • 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
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