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  2. Mille lacs opener

    Trying to stay on Topic from what I read. Ice out by opener.......so
  3. Sounds like the record of May 23 is looking safe for another year...
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  5. Ice is going fast! The sun is high and powerful, we're flirting with 70 degrees and the forecast looks promising. I'm feeling pretty confident there will be a lot more open water then most are expecting.
  6. There will certainly be some areas of open water to fish by the opener! Pike Bay ice is deteriorating fairly fast now. Other small shallow bays are probably not far behind. Cliff
  7. 18 days to opener, I hope there is some open water we can fish. our group can't reschedule due to work issues. Come on Sun/Rain!!! Our golf courses are just opening up today!! smh
  8. Mille lacs opener

    I see this is an ice report but not I caught fish report!!
  9. Boat day yeah!!!

    Did real good on cats today got 4 wife 4 and I got a huge sucker that was fun. Horseshoe sure opened up today.
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  11. End of the ice season

    Almost time but maybe not quite... Although I did get the yak out of the backyard today, on to the trailer and up front to spend some time prepping it for time on the water soon. Indeed it was fun getting out with you and the gang a few times this winter and looking forward to the next outings whenever they may be. WIll share what worked for me and look forward to reading some more info from others. Panfish is what I love going after and I had great fishing with gold jigs almost all winter. Did use a few other colors that worked also but that gold was hard to not use. Tear drop style tungsten in and 4 mm from Widowmaker Lures. Tried some from sportsmens direct also the last couple outings and liked them also. For plastics, the wishbone was good and also impulse mayflies and slug bugs. Tried and bought too many different things to try... LOL. Fished with shrimp for the first time ever this winter and that was a challenge and fun to try something different. Started out with my good old ultralight gander mountain rods with the frabil titanium spring bobber and then bought a couple of the TUCR Inferno with the orange tip. I really like them for the 4mm and prefer the old ganders with a 3mm. Won a custom 32 inch power noodle from Kichler Custom Rods in Elk River at an event in Wisconsin and used it a few times yesterday. Very nice and looking forward to playing with it more. CGI inline reels still doing their job fine and I did grab one of the new Descent inlines and it worked sweet also. Nice that it now has a pop off spool instead of the gold screw off knob. 10 1/4 was my biggest gill and 14 for the crappie. Even went after catfish 3 times. Saw my first catfish tornado on the vex and iced a lot of fish after being taught how to use a bobber right for those super light biters. thx RickG My highlight of the winter was getting a PB northern on a tip up up on Mille Lacs with stick in the mud. Fun City! My good old FL 18 is still working dandy and although I am tempted to upgrade, not sure if I will. Nills 6 inch saved my back from the hassles of the gas and when I put the Milwaukee on it life got even better. All in all a fantastic winter fishing with great guys and learning how to be a better fisherman. Fish On!
  12. Well monstermoose78 is done ice fishing around here for the year. Why you ask I fell through yes there was 28-30 inches of ice on the lake, but the shoreline nope. Went fishing with @Cret Jigs and we had fun fishing. I cut lots of holes and we got some good ones for the knife. Cret jigs brought a plank for the way out but on the way in I did not make it to the plank. Cret jigs helped me get my stuff to the shore and out. I worry about the guy on the wheeler and they guy who used the plank to get out too. Thanks Cret jigs for a fun day.
  13. To all you guys who’ve been keeping us posted, thank you. I’m an islander so I don’t have much hope for the opener, but I’ve been reading all the posts (read them year around), including entertaining posts on new gear, and, again, thanks for letting a lot of guys know what’s going on there. The current weather, forecast and web cams, give me hope! I’m thinking I may get back home in three weeks, maybe four. Keep the sun shining, Dick
  14. What a difference a day makes, yesterday the dam was locked up tight and today it's roaring. Walleye should be running this week...
  15. End of the ice season

    Well this morning was officially the end of the ice season for me. Its been a lot of days on the ice this winter and I have to admit I'm a little burnt out. It wasn't easy but it was time to end it. Have to admit It was a sad moment putting the gear away but it was time as needed space today to put the boat in the garage Learned a lot of new water and reacquainted myself with some old standbys. Fished 10 different counties this winter so definitely fished a lot of different areas. Fished many species on the ice this winter so there never was a dull moment. Didn't take a ton of pics just a few need to take more just have never been a pic type of guy LOL. Iced 7 walleyes between 26-28 3/4 all on local lakes. So just a tip if you dedicate some time locally big eyes can be found. Fished panfish everywhere in the state highlight area for big fish being Becker and Ottertail Douglas counties. Biggest gill this winter was 10 3/4 many 10's came topside but couldn't break 11 this winter. Craps 15 inchers were tops. Good fish but had goals set at a 16. Some things learned this ice season where number one lure for the eyes was a old school hammered silver Swedish pimple. It far out produced anything else. Kenders tungsten where my mainstay for gills and crappies. The plastics of choice were power bait wishbones, chigger frys, and Northland impulse mayfly's. The catfish were a hoot and a change of pace did well on Maynards slammers Glow red. The equipment and gear I was running and never failed me all season were Thorne Bros Rods- For eyes Perch sweethearts. For the Panfish I was running Power Noodles, panfish sweethearts, and my favorite the Tripwire. Reels Pflueger Presidents, Prestige ,and Supremes.. Did use some inlines also from 13 fishing The free falls where worth every penny. Ran a K-Drill 8 inch early and late and During the thick ice Ran my strikemaste Lazer. Vexilar Electronics the old trusty FL18 my eyes underwater, Please Don't think that I'm pushing these products because I'm sponsored by them, I'm Not. Just want to give a thumbs up and honest opinion on some top notch equipment that has worked and weathered the storm of a good hardwater season. Realize we all work hard for our dollars and I can honestly say these products where worth every penny and never let me down! Well Off to the Garage to start getting the boat ready for the Next season By the Way big Shout out to some of the best Anglers I had the chance to share the ice with this season from FM. Thanks Borch, Bass Thumb, Moose, Eyeguy, Rick G , Tom Sawyer for shareing some ice time with me. Hopefully I get to meet and fish with a few other FMer's this summer or next hardwater. We had some great Times great laughs and managed to even ice a few fish Looking forward to having a few summer outings in the future. BYE BYE Ice Hello open water
  16. Thank for the update and photo Dave and Diane! Cliff
  17. I was out on Vermilion fishing today again. Big bay still has about the same amount of ice but the ice is a lot softer now! Small patches of 4" to 6" deep slush pockets on it. Pike bay seemed solid when we went out but when we returned almost the entire bay had about 6" of very soft slushy ice on top! That will be my last trip out this winter. Talked to one Native that I saw checking a net that he had out under the ice in Pike Bay. He had caught around 15 walleyes and a pike today and 8 or so walleyes yesterday. Tough way to catch fish! Cliff
  18. Well the Pike River Dam is finally running at full throttle. For those of you who aren't up here to see it for yourself, you can see it here: https://www.everettbaylodge.com/lake-vermilion-ice-out-2018-the-dam-is-running/
  19. Horse shoe is frozen over

    measured ice this morning. It has not changed in the last 48 hours. Just the shorelines have melted. The quality of ice has gone down though. Still Driving my wheeler on shoe. Still 20-28 inches out there away from current. The bay by winter access is the thickest at 30 inches. Don
  20. Thanks for your efforts!!! Let me know if you need any free city garbage bags; I'm involved with the City of St. Cloud Green Team. You can place them at the Munsinger Garden greenhouse, or any trail access points for easy Park Dept. pickup.
  21. Going to get the kids out on the river today with gloves and garbage bags for Earth day.Plenty of garbage around the local community spots that can be removed.Im sure there will be more but it's something to do and it will look a little prettier out there.
  22. Opener

    Wow! Didn't realize it was that bad up there. That's going take a long time to get turned around.
  23. Opener

    To give you a idea of what it is like here this is how my dock has sat since last August. The river is at lake level here. Almost no Spring flow from melting snow. Just a trickle here and there. I've burnt any grass off for 200 feet around my house, farm buildings and farm equipment so there is a little protection in case a big fire gets going. The grass has been burnt off between the highway and the airport to give Waskish a little protection in case a fire gets going south of town. Westwind cleaned their channel last fall so they should be OK for boats. Total acreage of URL and LRL is 272,000 acres so it would ONLY take 177,261,312, 000 gallons of water to raise the lake level 2 feet.
  24. Boat day yeah!!!

    you can get to horseshoe by boat but not far enough to get any fish yet. This may change in the next few days. I plan on ice fishing on shoe today. Should be able to land a nice amount of slabs. Don
  25. Drove by Elysian on my way home this afternoon. Shoreline didn’t appear to be pulling away, view from the highway for what it’s worth.
  26. Diy property survey?

    Got the property surveyed today. Originally plotted back in 1968 and sure enough there where metal pipes marking 3 of the corners but who knows how long it would have taken me to find them. They placed a monument on the missing corner. Hopefully this warm weather sticks around, need to remove some trees and get the wheel house moved in. Thanks everyone for your responses!
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