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  1. 6 points
    Anyone else run an at home bait tank to save their minnows? I know MN regs regarding minnow transportion. In the summer I only bring enough minnows I'm willing to throw away or I have to bring my own water from home to transport them in. I got the aquarium tank for free, and got a cheap plug in aerator and fish tank filter. Shiners are the toughest to keep alive. I've gotten four weeks out of them. I have suckers now, they should last a bit longer. My basement I store them in is usually in the upper 50's temperature wise during winter.
  2. 5 points
    Based on what I've found, the Navionics app on a phone only gets you within 100 feet. The triangulation off cell towers will be nowhere near as accurate as a gps. It's still helpful but it requires drilling a few more holes to get on any given structure accurately.
  3. 5 points
    Should have came out and fished with Monstermoose was giving a clinic on how to get them fish to bite. I will try again next weekend if you want to come out and fish! The Kichler Custom was a deal breaker today. He will customize the rod to your specs and it makes a difference.
  4. 5 points
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    I gave up walking/pulling. Use my 170# riding SnoDog pulling a Smitty sled loaded according to event. On 5" ice Saturday.
  7. 4 points
    Looking for perch set up. They didn’t like it. Lol
  8. 4 points
    5 goldeneye working the ice line on the river this afternoon. Latest I’ve seen ducks here. Best pic I could get through the spotting scope. Yes leech, there were 5 total.
  9. 4 points
    It's the second smallest otter sled. I have a 5lb propane with sunflower, vexilar, small bait cooler, folding chair, lantern and hand auger under the cover. I strap the hub house and a grain shovel on the top.
  10. 4 points
    12/21/19 Finally got out on Coon in Anoka. 6" good ice topped with 2" white ice an 4" snow just off shore. 100 yards out 14 FOW 5 1/2" good ice 1/2" white ice and 1/4" water. Area by a crack. 1000 ft. Off shore 20 FOW, 5" good ice, no white ice, 1/2" water, 4" light snow. Lots of small perch and gills. Son and I got a double of the monster perch. Riding SnoDog worked great & love the new Vex. Great day on ice.
  11. 3 points
    Personal records are meant to be broken and last night it was smashed. Fished all over Becker and Ottertail Counties trying to find big panfish with Jesse Thalmann with Thalmann's Guide Service. At dark I had a huge mark come in and inhale my 4 mm Panfish Pirates Wonder Glow with a Bubble Gum Ripper plastic. It put one heck of a workout on my 32" Yogi Rods LLC Power Noodle. If your looking for a fun trip hit up Jesse and book a trip. If interested in plastics use CHILL5 for discount, get some before your buddy does.
  12. 3 points
    One suggestion I would make. I use a little red and white igloo cooler as a minnow bucket. You can stack stuff on it and it wouldn't break. Even had it fall off a few times going up and down hills and other then losing a little water which I refilled from the first hole drilled. Lost no minnows.
  13. 3 points
    Good post Bucketcastle. It seems to happen every year. Its like its almost unavoidable for some solely based on stupidity. They see someone else out there with a truck and think its OK for them to drive out too. There was an article in the Star Tribune the year before last about a business near Mille Lacs that pulls houses, ATVs/snowmobiles, and vehicles out of the ice which was very interesting. The guy usually makes enough in a 4 month span to live off of for an entire year. If the ice isn't thick enough for his wench equipment, he can't get it out and the item sits under the ice for weeks until he can get at it. I'm not sure what kind of coverage is available through insurance as a lot of that is different for many people based on the individual policies they have. I am sure about one thing though: you won't see my F-150 anywhere but on dry land.
  14. 3 points
    Its a heap of gear, but i usually dont walk to far out from the boat launch. Also drilled a lot of holes along the edge of the sled for putting bungees wherever i need them.
  15. 3 points
    geliason

    Ice

    found some jumbos in 21fow one day, but nobody home the next. Moved around and found good numbers of crappies in 27-29. Most 7-8” variety. 99% on a small tipped jigging rap.
  16. 3 points
    Well, well, well., Here goes another report. As I shared in my last report I'm a little laid up this winter from a car accident. I did go out Saturday eve for a couple hour's to a friends shed party. He is a cattle farmer and had fresh rocky mountain oysters. I even got the hammer to try a bite. It really help me mentally to see some of the locals and have a few laughs. There were some hand shakes and hugs and a little talk how things could of been worse. I did here through the grape vine that white or orange plain hooks have been the hot set up? Visiting our customers is still not in the books as I'm also dealing with a concussion that makes it hard to focus. I did venture out on to the lake yesterday just to check things out. Just as I figured Buddy Hillman has built another outstanding road that you could land your own 747 on. Straight as a arrow, wide as a runway. The fishing reports have been very mixed. Jonny boy and Richie rich moved at least 4 house yesterday with Minnesota and north Dakotas customers getting a chance to fish a new spot the second day. Jonny boy found a decent spot and moved most of the fleet in that direction. From the sounds of it was a good move as all the houses were having action last night. Good job guys they might be after my job? Brian and Stacy checked into Montana yesterday . They have been coming for quite a few years just before Christmas so I would like to at least go say hello to them today. Its still going to be a very busy Christmas as we have 4 units being used Christmas eve and day. I have heard from just a couple customers over the phone and they all have commented that Jonny boy is taking good care of them whish makes me feel good. Our books are slowly filling in. But just like the past few years quite a few call last minute looking for a house the next or coming weekend? I be leave Buddy Hillmans 218 647 8504 and my friend Thad 507 360 6405 may have openings as they have quite a few houses. I have to talk to Buddy Hillman as I may start hanging out at there store in the morning helping out a bit. At least collect access fees for them early arrivers. On a very sad day my Mother passed away yesterday, She of course was one of a kind. It was a relief to know she does not have to suffer any more. She was 80 and had a hell of a life. I guess you could say she played like baseball. All out, sliding for home and waring out her body along the way. She was quite the fighter and boy do I have some crazy memories of our child hood. She always said she should write a book and I would have to agree. It might be fun to share a few stories of her crazy life. She met my dad in mpls when she was young. Dad was from right here in waskish , mom grew up just west of Bemidji. There were 10 kids, they basically lived in a shed when they were young. She married John and they moved to Denver where me and my sister were born. Grandma Olga came to see me when I was born and my sister was saying her first word Cookie. That's where I got my nick name as she said, that will be his nick name. Dad was not to happy he said no son of mine will be named cookie. lol. They divorced when I was 3 and she remarried Carl Paulciani when I was 5. He owned a couple different bars in Denver area and that's where all the crazy child hood began
  17. 3 points
    The outfitter on mille lacs that pulls out my father in laws fish house for the season, plows out a seperate parking spot for your vehicle at least 20-25 yds from the fish house, and makes a firm point to not park next to your fish house.
  18. 3 points
    Jim fished Zipple bay a few times. From my experiences you will get a decent mixed bag in the basin. There always seems to be enough good sauger and eye action to keep you content with a occasional jumbo or tullibee thrown in. We always fished the basin area during the day and moved up in the shallower breaklines for the prime time bites strictly for the eye action. This could be a option if using your permanent for base camp day fish basin and using a hub or flip over for early or late shallow bite. Otherwise there should be steady action to keep you busy in the basin all day if you want to just sit back and enjoy the comforts of the house. Zipple Bay resort is well run and they have beautifull cabins and grub to boot.
  19. 3 points
    Now there parking half way up the HWY in the corners creating more of a safety issue. Man they really dropped the ball on this one Heck of a lot safer on the straight stretch where we use to park IMO. Sounded like the warden was there assisting the Sheriff when tickets were getting handed out. I plan on discussing this with him soon as I know him well see what solutions maybe can be resolved.
  20. 3 points
    You should of seen Osakis last week one day well over 15n trucks all parked together off the Hill access out 20-30 yds on 30 ft of water crazy Ask yourself what do you gain by doing it just park on rd and walk down.For those that don't know Osakis there r two gravel rds leading into access that you can park on and walk down to lake. You gained 100 yds dragging max to put yourself through a chance of ending up like these guys.
  21. 3 points
    I’ll never understand the logic behind parking all together cuz you don’t think the ice is safe to drive on.
  22. 3 points
    I called and talked to a deputy sheriff and told them of the problem. He said they do not put up signs and kinda tried to pass the buck then agreed to run it up the ladder after I pointed out the safety issues. We will see where it goes. I told him I do not use these area since I live on the lake and just dont want to see anybody get hurt. Don
  23. 3 points
    For Panfishing -I use a otter sled. In goes K-Drill, small insulated soft cooler with 2 extra batteries (key two of the disposable handwarmers to keep batteries warm in soft cooler) 6 gallon bucket with lid small scoop tucked into pail. My Clam storage bag that holds my Vexilar , it has 2 side pockets for all my jig boxes nice bottom compartment for all my plastic storage. And I bring two rods usually a trip wire and noodle rod in a small breakdown shotgun case . For eyes basically the same setup only switch out jig boxes replaceing with walleye spoons raps etc. Another breakdown case with a dead stick and jigging rod. Sometimes I' ll throw a Finiky Fooler in tub and set it up if doing a lot of hole hopping. For bait I carry a few live minnows in a bigger bait puck and pre cut some heads at home and put them in a Ziploc baggie before going. Lightening the load is definitely the key especially the older we get.
  24. 2 points
    Ice trolling for sure. If there is a low oxygen problem in the lake there wont be after I get done. I guess I like to put my stuff through the test. I can definitely give a honest opinion on quality after a winter of use. If it holds up to some of the abuse I Put it through it gets a thumbs up No weak links saved here
  25. 2 points
    Gophers Spank Auburn in the Citrus Bowl. We should have had Alabama in the Outback but they decided to send a weak Michigan team to give them an easy win.
  26. 2 points
    Did any of you notice how often the DNR visited your fish houses last week? We were up at Beacon Harbor for three days and each day a DNR officer visited us. One guy really interrigated us and after checking our licenses moved on. The next day was just a check for licenses, and the third day someone new came by again. Isn't that rediculas? Why am I treated like a guy who is guilty until proven innocent? And the laws regarding eating on the ice aren't so clear cut according to them either. Heaven forbid if you clean your fish at the resort then bring them out to your shack to cook them. Why does it have to be so complicated?
  27. 2 points
    I know it's the middle of winter, but i got turkeys on the brain. The DNR page says they new regs aren't out yet, but a careful look at the zone map shows some of the new rules. Looks like no season A & B lottery and everybody can hunt statewide. Only Mille Lacs, Carlos and Whitewater are lottery.
  28. 2 points
    Its that time of year and vehicles are starting to go through the ice. It could cost your life and thousands of dollars to your family. Here's some quick info I've found. One is the MN state statute the other is an article from Twin Cities Pioneer Press from a salvage company. Be safe out there. Just because one guy drove out doesnt mean you're safe to. Subd. 2.Responsibility for removal. (a) The owner of a submerged vehicle is responsible for removing the vehicle from waters of the state, unless the vehicle is permitted or otherwise exempt from removal. Removal must be completed within 30 days of the vehicle entering the water or being discovered in the water, unless the owner is notified in writing by the political subdivision having jurisdiction that the removal must be completed sooner. Upon request of the political subdivision the commissioner may extend the 30-day time period for removal. (c) If the vehicle is not removed according to paragraph (a), the political subdivision in whose jurisdiction the lake or watercourse is located shall remove the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle is subject to a civil penalty of not less than twice nor more than five times the costs incurred by the political subdivision to remove, process, and dispose of the vehicle. Civil penalties imposed under this section may be enforced and distributed as provided in section 115A.99. Thompson says anyone who loses a vehicle or other equipment to bad ice should contact authorities and their insurance company before doing anything else. While some salvage operations charge a flat rate, Thompson says Tri-State charges $2,400 for the first hour and $1,200 for every hour thereafter from the time they hit the lake until they’re back on shore with the vehicle. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/86B.107 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.twincities.com/2018/01/24/your-vehicle-is-at-the-bottom-of-a-lake-now-what/amp/
  29. 2 points
    I still do, even though I go through a reputable outfitter on LOW that I trust. I don't drive on the ice anywhere else anymore, just not worth it IMHO.
  30. 2 points
    Personal records are meant to be broken and last night it was smashed. Fished all over Becker and Ottertail Counties trying to find big panfish with Jesse Thalmann with Thalmann's Guide Service. At dark I had a huge mark come in and inhale my 4 mm Panfish Pirates Wonder Glow with a Bubble Gum Ripper plastic. It put one heck of a workout on my 32" Yogi Rods LLC Power Noodle. If your looking for a fun trip hit up Jesse and book a trip. If interested in plastics use CHILL5 for discount, get some before your buddy does.
  31. 2 points
    Joshua Welcome to the site. A lot depends on clarity. I Like to be set up rather early shallow, as these fish can be noise sensitive at times especially if there's no snowpack to insulate noise and prevent shadowing. . Preferably a hour before bite time holes are cut gear setup and all movement comes to a halt. If there is a snowpack you can get away with a little more noise, But on glare ice I've witnessed fish spooking from as much as a cleat scrapeing the ice. For LOW I like to fish the first breaklines from 10-20 foot but normally 15 foot will be my starting point. Prime times are daybreak into first hour and a hour or so before sundown so I would consider being setup a hour before each of these bite windows to capitalize on any early action and holding in there until you quit marking or catching fish at closeing each time.
  32. 2 points
    Bucketcastle

    Ice

    Any fish in french this year? I was on sunfish lake today, solid six inches. Tip up went off twice with nothing hooked and one tiny white crappie on my jigging rod
  33. 2 points
    Well please don’t drive on the ice with more than a wheeler or snowmobile. The bite has been good with the stable weather. Remember downsizing it’s been paying off for me so far. I normally like to up size but that has not been good for me. I watched lots of anglers struggle to land fish.
  34. 2 points
    That’s a good haul @monstermoose78!
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    Definitely way more ice roads these days as wheel houses are common. Zipple has a road. Farther east you have Morris point and Cyrus with roads. Cannot go much east of there unless you are going into Ontario
  37. 2 points
    We have a diehard fisherman in the family and some that want to ski so trying to please everyone. That’s why we were thinking of a fish and ski. Did you mean shouldn’t have an issue pulling a skier?
  38. 2 points
    I see Lake Shetek by Slayton had several cars/trucks go thru the ice yesterday.. all parked together the way it sounded... SW corner of the state, interesting...........
  39. 2 points
    Fish be ready to meet beer batter!! If ya want to fish I will try to look for messages once I walk out on the lake
  40. 2 points
    You are completely correct, and I think about it everytime while sitting on the water. Methods and means will always evolve, but sadly mindset usually doesn't follow. It is always just a better mouse trap to get the job done. Using these tools responsibly, is the point I was making. Good stewardship of our resources must be shared by everyone of us. The gun doesn't kill, it's the person behind it.
  41. 2 points
    Slow day fishing today. Caught just 5 walleyes with the biggest at 17". My brother in law caught a 25" eye and that was all. Marking lots of fish but tough bite today. Took another sled ride to Fortune Bay this evening. The lake trails are now marked and there is a lot of slush on the lake.
  42. 2 points
    Thanks smurfy. Actually talked to a few landowners and they weren't willing to allow access. While I cannot recommend to anyone to do river access due to safety concerns and always changing ice conditions, we did it today and got to horseshoe. We took a huge risk but followed tracks. At this point, I am waiting until it is drivable until we get some drivable ice. We caught some decent cats. Our best jigs got cut off by some big ones so we left early.
  43. 2 points
    Well I did pretty good. The bite was hot for me, but I watched most people not catch any. I am going out tomorrow to get a few for dinner.
  44. 2 points
    We just got back from a three day trip up at Beacon Resort and we were surprised how nice the houses were and the quality of service. They even have generators powering the houses so you can plug in 120v radios, chargers, etc. Great idea. The outhouses were positioned perfectly so that two houses had one porta-potty. Great Idea! I will return. Prices weren't crazy either. They got a customer for life.
  45. 2 points
    All my auger bits are configured to attach to gas power heads. (7/8" shaft) I configured my M18 fuel drill with a chuckless adapter and a Eskimo ION quick connect which uses the 3/4" shaft, same dia. as the Mora hand auger handle, clam plate and many auger bits. Also made adapters to fit my concerted Mora bits. No plate needed and never loose a auger bit.
  46. 2 points
    Any drill you use with an auger should have a side handle to help stabilize it. I can imagine it would be a struggle without one. I’ve never used a clam drill plate but it definitely gives a person the most grip surface. I bought Ice Master adapters for my Nils bits and have been happy with them. The Nils are the best hand augers out there so that helps. The disc on the pistol bit is to prevent it from falling through the hole if it comes loose from the drill chuck. The Ice Master takes care of that concern.
  47. 2 points
    I started off with a adapter on my drill and wasn’t a big fan. Ended up getting the clam plate and 6” lazer auger and man what a world of difference! Super light does it rip holes! The clam plate IS worth it! I prefer it over the adapter big Time
  48. 2 points
    My brother crushed this monster this evening at 421
  49. 1 point
    i'm with you on that. pretty crazy.
  50. 1 point
    This technology in the wrong hands, especially when fished with large groups, sadly could decimate populations. If you ask me it takes away the "fair chase" argument. I'm sure my concerns aren't alone.
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