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  2. A couple of us bass guys are looking for a new lake to fish next summer. We are planning on spending a week on a lake and was wondering if Pelican was a good destination for our group. A lot of the lake looks shallow on the map we have. Any comments on this lake woukld be appreciated.
  3. kelly-p

    Ice Report For Url?

    You are being kind. I remember a few really bad trips mixed in. One thing about your crew was that you could turn a bad fishing area into very good fishing.
  4. Today
  5. There is still a lot of moving water. This morning it’s -3 but that’s not nearly cold enough to get things rolling for the harbor. Be patient it’ll be ready within the next Few weeks probably.
  6. papadarv

    Portable Led Light

    One could always build on than use your M18 or other drill battery to power. Fixtures are under $10, a reel of 300 50/50 bright white leds <$7 and dimmer for $3. I slip mine above one of the roof supports & put battery in net overhead storage with hat, gloves and coat. LED Hub LightHB.mp4
  7. steeplechaser2

    Ice Report For Url?

    Thanks, Kelly. You are missed! Many great trips with you!
  8. I doubt it, but you can check the harbor cams during the day. http://www.duluthharborcam.com/p/blog-page_13.html As we drove into Duluth Friday afternoon there were 4 ships outside the lift bridge waiting. It was stuck down from ice after the big storm and I think it just got running again Thursday.
  9. I used to laugh at old people, wonder how many are laughing at me now.
  10. kelly-p

    Ice Report For Url?

    Most places are saying 10 to 12 inches with part of that white ice. Sounds like the big crack has about 6 inches of ice now. The big crack is hidden under the snow now, just waiting for someone to be careless.
  11. Anyone been out or checking the ice off of Park Point yet?
  12. Curious if the Big Lake is in good shape or if the snow messed with ice levels.
  13. Curious if it is walkable yet on Rice or Big Watab???
  14. delcecchi

    Portable Led Light

    Check Harbor Freight or Costco for a variety of LED battery lights... The little blue ones harbor freight gives for free with coupon work well. 3.99 without coupon. Run on AA batteries.
  15. tca12

    Hopefully Safe Ice By Next Weekend

    That a few people drop through Coon Lake every year, especially by the channel. Good luck and stay safe!
  16. Pretty sure their running the Zamboni every period so it should be pretty good I would think?
  17. Any new reports of ice conditions around Mankato?
  18. Yesterday
  19. Borch

    Ice Fishing Around Winona Mn?

    Just remember that ice with current has 1/2 the strength as ice without current. So in the example you gave you were actually sitting on 1 1/2" of what regular ice will hold.
  20. Bucketcastle

    Ice Fishing Around Winona Mn?

    @Rick, good point, I haven't done much backwater fishing. I have found myself on 3" with a solid current under the ice and ice cracking under my bucket while I sat on it. I literally crawled away to thicker ice. I'm not putting myself in that scenario ever again.
  21. On the south end... Ice fishing has begun! Many resorts have fish houses out with others watching ice conditions in the area they fish for the right time. Below zero temps this week will help. Some ice roads are open to ATV and snowmobile traffic. Check with your resort / outfitter prior to coming up. Fishing has started out excellent as expected. Most finding walleyes and saugers in 21 - 26 feet of water. A shallow bite happening in 18-20' morning / evening. The norm of jigging one line and dead sticking the other line working well. Good numbers of fish being caught with some trophies mixed in as well as pout, perch, tullibees, sturgeon and an occasional pike. Very little snow on the ice. On the Rainy River... Most of the river is frozen over with a few random spots still showing open water. There is no traffic on the river at this time while ice is forming. Extra caution is always needed with current and this year the current is stronger than most years. Up at the NW Angle... Some resorts have a few fish houses out and initial fishing reports for walleyes are excellent. Some areas still need time with high current this year. Forecast is favorable with sub zero temps this week. The majority of ice traffic is snowmobiles thus far. It's a must to stick to resort marked trails or know the area you are traveling.
  22. bowhuntingboy1

    Memorandum Of Understanding

    Also, on the topic of zebra muscles, scientifically it may show how they are terrible for a lakes ecosystem and whatnot, but you look at mille lacs for example, which is about infested as it gets with zebra muscles, yet it's currently a world class walleye, muskie, and smallmouth fishery. Now obviously you dont want to spread zebra muscles, they are invasive and its heavily illegal, it just seems that their impact is overstated.
  23. The trip is a fun time and we have been blessed with warm favorable conditions the last two years I've helped set it up. Just hope it keeps up that way because every trip prior it was -20 or worse temps. Thanks! We've put a lot of work into it so far. It isn't new but its new to us and that is the only way we could get what we wanted with the features we wanted. Having a heated cab is amazing when going across the ice we actually had to take our jackets off prior to traveling across the ice. I we made the rack for the back for hauling gear and giving us a little more space (PVC). Ice fishing is our favorite season and when we figured we spent last year from weekend before Thanksgiving to April 22nd area on the ice every weekend its an investment that we will use. We also plow out 5-7 driveways at the lake for neighbors so it helps cut down on the amount of time I am spending plowing when I have a 72" blade instead of a 60" 4 wheeler blade and not enough power to push big piles.
  24. bowhuntingboy1

    Memorandum Of Understanding

    I can see all arguments and their points. I just logically think that everyone in america should have to follow the same laws regardless of race or culture or history 200 years ago. Maybe statistically this may be wrong somehow, but oh well, you're all entitled your opinion.
  25. Could be worse guys, way worse. You could have a deeper fishery, and have to account for "hooking mortality" Such as it is at Mille Lacs. I think everyone needs to understand that the old days are gone, and liberal limits, as we all once knew them, are rapidly becoming obsolete. LOTWS just went from 8 to 6 fish, and I would not be at all surprised to see it go to 5, or less, its just a matter of time. Everyone chatters about catch and release fishing, and the DNR would tell you that the majority of surveyed anglers, particularly at Mille Lacs are good with the concept. I don't necessarily agree with their methodology, but it is what it is. Drive less, stop at Mille Lacs, and get your one fish, (maybe). It'll never be more than a two fish lake again, because the Bands will never, ever, compromise on their end of the harvest, nor on the co-management of the lake, at the end of the day, they have no reason to. Red lake is the same. I think they may finally have it right, impact of zebra mussels notwithstanding. Time will tell. Get used to it, if you live long enough, like Kelly, you'll see worse.
  26. CJH

    Ice Fishing Around Winona Mn?

    I grew up in Winona (didn't ice fish back then) but the Mississippi River is NOT to be messed with - it will always win. Fantastic fishing, but definitely take baby steps in getting to know it. Might be a good idea to Post in the SE MN section and see if somebody would let you tag along.
  27. Random dude

    Memorandum Of Understanding

    I meant to say the tribal waters are the factory that keeps the popluation going, we would fish out every lake we have control of if they let us. Thank the Band and DNR for setting up a safe harvest limit and rules for everyone to follow that is building this great fishery back
  28. Random dude

    Memorandum Of Understanding

    Best to listen to Kelly on this one. He has been around long enough to see the booms and busts and attended all the meetings on the rebuilding after the crash. The way I look at it, look at the hordes of fishermen on the small non-tribal portion. Now imagine spreading that kind of pressure on the entire upper and lower lake, it would crash in a matter of a few years. I honestly think we owe a debt of gratitude for the low lbs/acre harvest on the vast tribal waters. If they harvested as much per acre as we did, crash time. The non-tribal waters are the factory that keeps healthy population going that we're seeing now. It must be working, results speak for themselves.
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