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  2. I believe it's Head O Lakes Storage. Might be owned by the resort. That would be convenient, basically right across the road from the boat launch. I'll be driving up in the morning, I'll see if a phone number is posted.
  3. Isn't there a place next to Spring Bay resort, towards Moosebirds
  4. I'm considering the possibility of getting another snowmobile again. My problem is storage. I have no space at home to store a sled and trailer. I was thinking about storing it somewhere near-ish the west end of the lake so that I can pick it up, tow it the short trip to The Landing, and then get to my place. Are there any options besides Vermilion Drive Storage on Hwy 24 just north of Cook? I reached out to them but want to make sure that I've checked out all of my options.
  5. Sticks like smurfy said, or an arm full of cattails. I always made sure I had enough lumber marking my holes nothing would sink or blow away and could be seen from a good way off by a snowmobiler. Like anything else, some people care; some don’t. Other suggestion, look up some of the old “Look and Release” videos that were posted on the forums in the past. Lotta good footage of nice fish left to swim away.
  6. BINGO!! There isn't a time out that I don't laugh my arse off watching the way some of them pike act. That's the most fun of spearing.
  7. Usually by grabbing a stick, piece of brush, downed branches from shore.
  8. Release is not chucking the spear!
  9. Absolutely. But angling with hook and line has the option for catch and release. Spearing does not have that option.
  10. If you don't mind me asking, how are old spear holes supposed to be marked? I'm not familiar with this issue.
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  12. well I just drove past pokey like about 11;30 today on 169...……...and not to many are out and about just yet. talked to a few locals..still pretty tough getting around on some of the lakes!!!!
  13. smurfy

    Underwater Camera

    I use mine on and off fishing. I have a sun shield for mine in the summer. it works ok at best. but I do use it to watch fish and check structure. I just used it the last 3 weekends tipup fishing. its both fun and frustrating. to watch a pike grab the sucker, mess with it then let it go, and watch there behavior is crazy fun. and frustrating. I bought a tripod for mine and you can zero in on your bait, but it does take a bit of playing to get it set right. I lost the little rubber stopper so I use a couple winter depth finders. the only downfall is the deeper you need to set it, the more risk you have of a fish tangling up in it!!!!
  14. Tom Sawyer

    Panfish Pics

    "Tis the season" Thee best time of the ice season is here. Get off the couch and enjoy it!
  15. Very common to find large openings in ice after several 40 degree days, and especially with rain. 8" angling holes can easily double in size overnight after a good rain. It's pretty hard to "mark" holes at that point in the season. Best time to be out there, in my opinion. But, by all means, if your not comfortable with it Stay Home. For those that want to experience the best bite of the season, just watch your step, and be careful you don't loose that Vexilar down an oversize hole or get pulled in by a big fish Won't be long, for me to get the planks and waders ready
  16. that can happen. years back I speared the lake the cabin was on the very last weekend. I push the ice chunk back in the hole and mark it. later on in march I took my grandson up to fish panfish. that ice chunk was completely melted and a wide open hole. we fished and caught sunfish out of that hole. the spear holes e cut that weekend, if I remember right there were 3...……..were all open...…..and we where still driving wheelers on the ice.
  17. BobT

    Underwater Camera

    Sometimes I will drill a hole within camera range of the hole I'm fishing out of and then line up the camera so I can watch my jig to see how fish react.
  18. Last spring in the second weekend in March ( after we had those 40 degree days and rain) I was out walking around a lake. Some people had speared it a few weeks before ( when season was still open) and no joke there hole was wide open and had grown about 2-3 times the size it was. And of course it wasn’t marked. I’ve seen a few holes with blocks on ice yet that weren’t pushed back in this year. But both not marking and not pushing blocks back in dangerous. It takes very little energy for an individual to do this before they call it a day. And actually it could save someone’s life.
  19. taking ANY bigger fish out of a system has a role in any population.
  20. I totally agree, I've been the recipient of a few bent snowmobile ski's because of it. never encountered however skimmed over spear holes. its usually pretty easy to spot where a fishhouse has been set. USUALLY!!!!
  21. The walleye, northern pike angling season has ended for 2019-2020 and many anglers on the ice now will pursue other species. Pan fish will definitely be the species of choice and the Grand Rapids area has numerous opportunities. With countless lakes within 20 miles of the community it’s no wonder fisherman from all over Minnesota come north to sample our fishing. Bluegills, Crappies, and Yellow Perch are the fish that anglers chase for the most part. There are also trout opportunities in many of the lakes as well. Bluegills and crappies are the most sought after and most lakes are good choices to fish. From the smaller bodies of water to the larger lakes such as Pokegama, Cutfoot, Splithand, Bass, and Bowstring, many contain all three species of panfish. Some of the smaller lakes in the area to pay attention to are Little Cutfoot, Little Ball Club, Little Splithand, Jay Gould, Rice, and Little Moose. One of the things to bay attention to, with the early snow that clogged the lakes and made travel tough, there many times can be depleted oxygen that causes species of panfish to rise up in the water column. By using your electronics (Humminbird Heli 7) spotting these schools of fish up high can be the key to success. Without exception, bluegills and crappies feed and look up. So no matter their depth keep your bait slightly above them. Small tungsten jigs tipped with 2-3 euro larvae or wax worm will definitely turn their heads and make them bite. Soft tip rods to maximize the slightest soft bite and 2-4 pound test mono will put all three species on the ice. Stay mobile and drill several holes before getting started. With the warm spring sunlight upon us, being on the ice in Grand Rapids can be all the heat you need.
  22. The Star Tribune had a very interesting story today about a research student at the U working on a project to genetically modify the DNA in male carp to create a fish whose sperm would destroy the eggs of female carp during spawning. As far as I can tell, it would be used to target invasive carp. The story made it sound like there would be very few, if any, drawbacks - but I don't know how I feel about it...when you start editing DNA and messing with the natural order of things it seems like there could be unintended consequences. Just thought I'd post it here as I'd curious what other sportsman think of it: http://www.startribune.com/dna-altering-project-is-gaining-attention-as-potential-tool-vs-invasive-carp/568249902/ Solution for a scourge? University of Minnesota scientist is progressing with carp-killer tool DNA-altering project is gaining attention as potential advance against invasive carp. Sam Erickson followed his love of science to outer space one summer during an internship at NASA. He came away fascinated by seeing into deep space by interpreting interaction between matter and infrared radiation. Now a full-fledged researcher at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, the 25-year-old Alaska native is immersed in something far more earthly: killing carp. His fast-moving genetic engineering project is drawing attention from around the country as a potential tool to stop the spread of invasive carp. “I want to make a special fish,” Erickson said in a recent interview at Gortner Laboratory in Falcon Heights. In short, he plans to produce batches of male carp that would destroy the eggs of female carp during spawning season. The modified male fish would spray the eggs as if fertilizing them. But the seminal fluid — thanks to DNA editing — would instead cause the embryonic eggs to biologically self-destruct in a form of birth control that wouldn’t affect other species nor create mutant carp in the wild. His goal is to achieve the result in a controlled setting using common carp. From there, it will be up to federal regulators and fisheries biologists to decide whether to translate the technology to constrain reproduction of invasive carp in public waters. “What we’re developing is a tool,” Erickson said. “If we could make this work, it would be a total game-changer.” Supervised by University of Minnesota assistant professor Michael Smanski, Erickson recently received approval to accelerate his project by hiring a handful of undergraduate assistants. He also traveled last month to Springfield, Ill., to present his research plan to the 2020 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference. “We’re pretty excited about where his project is at,” said Nick Phelps, director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the U. “Things are sure moving fast. There’s excitement and caution.” Erickson’s research has received funding from Minnesota’s Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. No breeding populations of invasive carp have been detected in Minnesota, but the Department of Natural Resources has confirmed several individual fish captures and the agency has worked to keep the voracious eaters from migrating upstream from the lower Mississippi River. Silver carp, bighead carp and other Asian carps pose a threat to rivers and lakes in the state because they would compete with native species for food and habitat. Erickson views his birth control project as one possible piece in the university’s integrated Asian carp research approach to keep invasive carp out of state waters. Already the DNR has supported electric barriers and underwater sound and bubble deterrents at key migration points. Another Asian carp-control milestone was closing the Mississippi River lock at Upper St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis in 2015. ‘Shooting star’ Growing up in Anchorage, Erickson had never heard of Macalester College in St. Paul. But he visited the campus at the urging of a friend and felt like he fit in. He majored in chemistry and worked for a year at 3M in battery technology. But his interests tilted toward the natural world and how to “better live in cooperation with nature,” he said. Erickson met with Smanski about research opportunities at the university and was hired on the spot. Smanski, one of the university’s top biological engineers, said carp is not an easy organism to work with and Erickson lacked experience in the field. But he hired the young researcher and assigned him to the carp birth control project because he seemed to have a rare blend of determination and intelligence. “I could tell right away when I was talking to him that he was like a shooting star,” Smanski said. “If you set a problem in front of him, he won’t stop until he solves it … He’s taken this farther than anyone else.” In two short years, Smanksi said, Erickson has mastered genetic engineering to the point that his research is starting to bear fruit. With his new complement of research assistants, Erickson aims to clear his project’s first major hurdle sometime this year. The challenge is to model his experiment in minnow-sized freshwater zebrafish. The full genetic code of zebrafish — like common carp — is already known. Erickson’s task is to make a small change to the DNA sequence of male zebrafish, kind of like inserting a DNA cassette into the fish, he said. During reproduction, the alteration will create lethal overexpression of genes in the embryonic eggs laid by females. By analogy, Erickson said, the normal mating process is like a symphony with a single conductor turning on genes inside each embryo, Erickson said. But the DNA modification sends in a mess of conductors and the mixed signals destroy each embryo within 24 hours. “In the lab we have to make sure we’re causing the disruption with no off-target effects,” he said. “If we can do this in zebrafish, we hope to translate it. … They are genetically similar to carp.” Erickson’s upcoming experimentation with tank-dwelling live carp could be painfully slow because the fish only mate once a year. But he’s working his way around that problem by altering lighting conditions and changing other stimuli in his lab to stagger when batches of fish are ready to reproduce. The birth control process — projected to be affordable for fisheries managers if it receives approval — is already proven to work in yeast and insects. And Erickson said the same principles of molecular genetics have been used to create an altered, fast-growing version of Atlantic salmon approved for human consumption in the U.S. “We’re not building a new carp from the bottom up … but it’s kind of a whole new paradigm, so we have to get it done right,” he said.
  23. You could install a zinc strip near the ridge on the mossy side(s) of the roof. They work well and prevent future growth. Interesting. I've never heard of this 30 Seconds stuff but it sounds promising.
  24. Getanet

    Underwater Camera

    I thought I'd bump this post. I know some guys tend to think of underwater cameras as an unnecessary novelty, but I got a great deal on the Micro Revolution Pro before the ice season and I have to say, I really like it. The camera reel system that Bob mentioned is really slick - basically wind it up like you're reeling in a fish and never have to worry about 30 feet of cord laying all over the place. The system I got also lets me record, which is a fun because I can show the video to my kids or parents and "share" my trip with them a little bit (and actually have proof I was on fish). But most importantly I like to know for certain what sort of structure I'm sitting on, and/or get my lure at the exact depth I want it. I know if you're pretty familiar with the settings on your flasher you can be pretty confident if you're on rocks, mud or weeds - but I'd venture most people just aren't that dialed in with their flashers - I know I'm not. Also, the quality of the cameras has come a long way. My first experience with an underwater camera was with the old school aqua view where you sort of looked down a tube at the monitor. Then about 10 years ago my friend had one that kind of looked like a small TV. Those were OK, but the fish had to be pretty close to the camera. The quality of the newer styles is far superior (I realize the water quality is a huge factor, but still, camera resolution has come a long way). The cameras are also a lot smaller and seem to bother the fish less. Anyway, seeing as the hard water season is winding down I was just thinking that the camera I have is one of the more handy tools I have now. I don't keep it down for long, but it's great for getting set-up and or drop down the hole a few times to keep things interesting.
  25. Good luck Borch and wishing you a speedy recovery!
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