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  2. You can fish a little meat out of the ones with really big claws. Tails are easy once you get the hang of it. Meat pops right out then just pull the intestine(?) and you're good to go. I'd rather people use fish guts as crawfish bait rather than throwing them in the woods for my dog to find
  3. You can also get the ArcGIS app to access the county files on your mobile or download the .kmz files on the county site to use in Google Earth. Either way very useful.
  4. Well most people use a fish head or two in the trap as bait. Any type of raw meat will probably work well. No need to purge them as they are coming out of clean water. Just boil the whole crawdad in salt water or better yet in a Cajun mix! The tails are about the only part worth messing with. Cliff
  5. I live on Little Cormorant Lake, I believe sometime next week that it will be open. The lakes out there are changing fast!
  6. we got a lot snow down in the twin cities than up north and temps are a lot higher than it was in 2013. I think we will have enough open water to fish the opener. No one needs to cancel! I HOPE any way
  7. what do you use for bait? I heard you can't use left over fish guts. do you have to soak them? sorry not sure what that process is called.
  8. meerkat, Many people eat the rusties. Very tasty but like walleye wings it takes a lot for a meal! Cliff
  9. I just got an e-mail from Brent Flatten in the Tower Fisheries Office stating that they hope to get the Dock in by Monday if the river clears of ice. Will set the trap nets on Tuesday and the first net lift will be on Wednesday. They may even collect eggs Wednesday if there are enough ripe females. Very good news! Thanks for your update Brent! Cliff
  10. I would imagine the man made pepin connected to the sippi is open not the actual lake pepin?
  11. None that I am aware of...Maybe in 10-14 days....
  12. Brian, Flaw: you can’t extrapolate Mother Nature. RLG
  13. tried this last year, not worth it in my opinion. But I always wondered if I could eat the rusty crayfish. has anyone tried?
  14. We need Skunkedagain to turn his wife's hair dryer full blast!!!!! Lol
  15. Decided to hit a couple spots today. Water too high at the first spot so I went to spot number two. Two so far after 20 minutes
  16. I hope this analysis is wrong, but was doing some math trying to guesstimate when Lake V might go ice free. As of today, the DNR shows only one lake in the state to be ice free: Pepin. Pepin went out 20 days later than the median date and 4 days later than the nearest comparable cold year of 2013. If we extrapolate this same delay to Lake V, then we are looking at an ice out in the neighborhood of May 20th or 21st. Not quite the record, but close - and plenty late enough to screw up a lot of plans. Like I said, I hope this analysis is flawed somehow.
  17. Hey Guys, Just wondering if any lakes are open or close to being open? Got the itch to get the boat out and wet a line!
  18. St Louis county has something similar on their web sight (sic) https://gis.stlouiscountymn.gov/LandExplorer/
  19. This has been an interesting thread. Walleye wings is new to me and I am going to do this to provide a different experience. Thank you all for sharing!!!
  20. Pop up camper

    Good idea on the silicone spray definelty something to do every spring a big help to keep things sliding nicely. I use that stuff on anything that slides. On telescoping flip over poles for example.
  21. Pop up camper

    Pulled it up front and went to work on it. Silicone lubed everywhere. Quite a task taking the steel cover off underneath that protects the main drive but got er done. Zips right up and down with the attachment I got for the drill. Nice!
  22. I found a very handy app for this. It's called onX Hunt Maps. (I'm just a user) It's primarily designed for hunters that want to know where state/federal vs private lands are. To see property lines etc. you need the paid (premium) version. The free version comes with a trial of the premium version for 7 days. But even the free version does quite a bit. It's pretty interesting for Vermilion because there is so much of each - private and state/federal lands. You can click on each parcel and it will even give the acreage, landowner names and tax address. If I pull up to shore, I really want to know that I'm not trespassing. GPS works along with markers/waypoints. Maps can be stored for offline use so you can use it without phone service or wifi. The free version comes with a trial of the premium version for 7 days. I added a zoomed out screen grab.
  23. Yak time

    cool, time for a short hike after lunch.
  24. Starting a new thread for 2018 Pike River Hatchery progress. No new news today. Cliff
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