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  3. Headin over fishin around Tower again last night. Turkeys in the same area tonight as in August. By the by brought home 4 nice 15"-17" walleyes, slip bobbers and minnows, 6' of water. Who say's the fish abandon the weeds in the fall. LOL Nice healthy fish, should make a great lunch. Nobody else on the lake, I guess the lightning scared-em off. Jim
  4. No doubt about it. I went during turkey spring season A too and there was noticeably more hunters out, especially on Sat/Sun. I think the combination of no lottery and the pandmeic had people cooped up. Plus it was relatively decent weather for season A, and it has not been the last couple years with April snow. I exclusively hunt private land for turkeys but when I was leaving and driving down the county roads, I spotted 3 blinds on field edges on neighboring properties. While I don't have to worry about people setting up 10 yards from me, the added pressure in an area certainly makes it
  5. Yup - the fall colors have peaked and will be gone very soon. My maple dropped all of its leaves since Sunday. The birch are still holding on but losing them slowly. I hope to add a fishing report after this weekend. Nice work MarkB
  6. billrider80

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  7. I purposely avoided duck opener because of possible crowds. The number of hunters in the field for Turkey A season was ridiculous. Literally 2,3, or 4 cars in WMA parking lots where i've rarely seen 1. So that was my indicator that some big change has occurred and to start planning accordingly. If I were a public land deer hunting i'd brace myself for a different experience than usual this year, especially if the weather is nice. I guess while aggravating to me in a selfish sort of way it is getting people outdoors. I just hope people like the ones Monstermoose encountered are few and far
  8. Chill62

    Auger Bit Adapter Or Dedicated Drill Auger

    Not to change point of this topic but if you do not have a drill and are looking for that light weight set up take a look at the Strikemaster V24 New this year. It comes with a Lite Flite auger and is coming in at 350 for 6 inch and 399 for 8 inch augers. The weight savings compared to the V40 is amazing and if you look at holes/battery and the cost of the battery it's cheaper and more productive than the Milwaukee/DeWalt batteries. I have a few friends that when they started looking at the cost of a good drill and a lite flite this option is same to cheaper option for them. I've seen way
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  10. I was at the parking lot at 5 am and walked in. 8 minutes to shooting time here comes the same wonderful guys from the year before with 5 more people. They walked with in 10 yards and I said are you close enough. His response was I can hunt where I want. All in blaze orange some with 22 rifles some with shotguns. They shot at ducks with the 22 and some low powered shotgun shells. I called the local CO. A friend of mine heard a call for back up from the local CO on the scanner as he was seizing guns, cars, decoys, and more. That made me smile.
  11. Great to have you post again Mark. It sounds like a fantastic trip back to Vermilion. Take care!
  12. E. Hofmann

    Minnesota City, MN

    Thank you!
  13. I figured there would be too but didn’t allow for it in our arrival time at the lake. Consecutive nights with only 3 hrs sleep had me moving slower than I would’ve normally been. Plus we paddled. Everyone else motored. We were about 20-30 minutes behind the rush and literally watched the lake fill up with other hunters. As we were paddling for our 3rd spot I told my buddy “Welcome to COVID hunting”.
  14. Headed up tomorrow for the next couple weeks and the fall closedown. Hope to get some fishing in . Last time we were up fished a couple days with not much success. Couple of small walleyes but did get into some nice crappies. They were suspended off a deep weedy point. What a strange summer for us all. Hope next year we can get back to normal. If I have any luck I'll post the results. Go Twins.
  15. Well, day 1 was a grind. 2 boats, 3 guys we ended up with 3 eaters and 4 smalls. Threw back 1 23". The keepers were good quality (18, 19). Lead core bite was dead. Jig and minnow got our fish. Today gotta try something different as the spots we fished just weren't holding many fish. Gonna burn some fuel today and try to find em.
  16. I heard western MN was pretty good but it appears that the central area was poor. I knew there would be more hunters. Expect more of that when other seasons open.
  17. We returned home today from a short 3 day fishing trip on Vermilion. The weather was chilly most of the time and windy during our entire trip. All of the fishing took place on the east end of the lake and we fished from Daisy Bay to Armstrong Bay with many stops in between. The fishing party included myself, my cousin, and a very dear friend. We bought pike suckers and nitecrawlers for bait. We used jig/minnow, bottom bouncer/colored hook and beads, and lindy rigs. We fished water from 15' to 30' and targeted rock reefs and holes. The water temperature varied between 57 and 59 degrees dependin
  18. For me it’s been slow. Last Wednesday got 2 small northern and a nice bass for 5 hours fishing. Was using shiners mainly. Very little boat traffic and access has been mostly empty as well when I drive by.
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  20. This is the quietest forum on the planet. I'm going back to Clearwater for one last trip. How has the fall fishing been?
  21. Hit up the lake Friday afternoon running around we did not get anything but one 22" eye pulling a lindy with a worm. We then pulled out of the lake and Saturday went to Winnie. Stayed dry up there but the fishing success eluded our boats.
  22. On the south end... The traditional fall jig bite for walleyes is in full swing. There are various schools located across the south shore. Anglers catching good numbers of walleyes just outside the Lighthouse Gap where the Rainy River enters Lake of the Woods, in front of Zippel Bay and around Long Point. Depths of 22-28', anchored up and jigging with a fathead or frozen shiners has been successful. Anglers going through a lot of fish, sorting through lots of smalls to ultimately get nice eaters. A lot of action. Some anglers still drifting spinners with a minnow or crawler with success
  23. I forgot to add all our fish were on a lindy rig with a medium sized rainbow
  24. Thanks for the posts all. I've been monitoring this forum for a bit and it had gotten quiet so made me worried the fall bite was off to a slow start. Glad to hear jig and minnow bite is going as that's by far the most fun way to get em!
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  26. Minnesota joins other states in sampling deer near known PFAS contamination sites Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
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