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  1. The camping worked great. Had good crappie bite and quite a bit of smaller walleyes. picked off a really nice metro walleye during the afternoon.
    10 points
  2. Talked to someone at McKinley Park Wednesday and they said they were catching a lot of tullibee. They said they were catching them near the bottom using medium size minnows on walleye-sized hooks. Don't know why I haven't caught any this year, and only caught 2 all last winter. Interesting sighting at McKinley Park this afternoon as I was leaving the lake. This older Ski-Doo was ready to tow a canoe. Also saw a power auger sitting outside an empty truck so somebody must have been having equipment problems. Fair bite from 8:30-11:00 today with the pictured 26½" comin
    10 points
  3. Interesting posts about crowds or people. more people use lake nowadays n buying cabins n giant homes so they look for free info. Over the years this board has been a HINT type board for spots or how to fishy info. let people figure out on their own type stuff. then bout five years ago became a chest pounding or look at me type of forum. Tell all n show all. Silly but was predictable to see that more an more people would find you n fish by you in winter summer or fall. Easy n Free is the new way of fishn. No Whining about crowds now as will do ya no good. over zea
    9 points
  4. Perfectly normal. Ice is a brittle solid but it is also extremely buoyant. It starts by freezing on the surface and then builds downward as more water freezes. When water freezes it expands its volume and this adds pressure due to both buoyancy and larger volume. That's why a plastic water bottle in the freezer will bulge after it's frozen. Since ice is very hard and brittle it doesn't bend easily so as the pressure from expansion and buoyancy increases, the ice eventually gives way and cracks. A lot of small cracking can actually be a good sound. It means the ice is getting thicker and it isn
    7 points
  5. Merry Christmas FM friends! Had to get the festive feel on my surgical ICU shift so I put some Yule Log on our computer on wheels Kettle
    7 points
  6. Santa got me this a few days ago.
    7 points
  7. 9.5 inches of ice outside of McKinley Park bay so it added 3 inches since I was up last Thursday. Caught a handful of eyes 11-16" in 5 hours of fishing. One on a rainbow and the test on chubs. All on plain hooks. 28 fow. Pictures shown out from McKinley Park. Found a bit of garbage just out from the park that I picked up while walking back in. Love watching the fish come up through the clear ice. Good luck and be safe.
    7 points
  8. Pulling a sled on foot shouldn't be too difficult this weekend. Soudan got 3 inches of light snow last night and Vermilion had fairly light snow cover as shown in the pic of Birch Island ice road. I would assume Ely is similar. Fishing was slow yesterday but better than Monday. Caught 4 small 10-12 inch walleyes and a 13 inch perch. Was so desperate for a fish meal that I kept the perch. Hope I catch something more today to complete the meal. All but one fish caught between 1030 and 1100. Good luck and be courteous and safe.
    6 points
  9. Merry Christmas all. Yes I am still alive. LOL
    6 points
  10. The fish don't judge the gear you're using! All you need is enough to keep you comfortable on the ice. Do I sometimes wish I had an ice castle? Of course, but the purchase price on one of those will cover a hell of a lot of nights in a rental.
    6 points
  11. Finally scraped up enough to replace my vexilar. It was stolen last winter, got it back and it must have taken a beating as it never worked right after that. I had some credit card points so I got an FL12 during a sale Scheels had with the Genz box. At the moment I run a pretty minimal setup, medium otter sled with a small tank and sunflower head, a chair, a pop-up hub house I bought used and a 6 in Lazer mag hand auger. Rods are an assortment of cheapos and summer rods that broke. With that being said I definitely don't have the best gear but have put some 9" gills on the ice and some 13"+ cr
    6 points
  12. Cool everyone OK with my post an you GET IT! : ) Humor n honesty...it works. We all do it for what ever we do it for so I post only to share an have fun watchiing others smille. Enjoy thee posts n pic's just like a lil edge to the posts formy tatse so people learn rather than just seek n get n move on. Nothing gained nothing learned no memorys just a greasy plate. : ) Nice to see names I do not know . Not the norm on most old school fishn Grin n Grab info sites an this sight n crew is by far one of the very best for years now. Yeah, I dont get paid as I
    5 points
  13. A couple years ago, I was fishing a narrow gap between two islands and a jet ski comes flying between me and a shoreline- about 20' between my boat and the shoreline. I'll bet he wasn't 8' from shore and me, going wide open. He then goes on to buzz a houseboat. A little while later a warden checked us and I told him about it, he said "that's what big jigs are for"-scouts honor! It happened so fast, I didn't have time to think about it. I did tell a few choice words
    5 points
  14. nope, i have not, but if the DNR wants to come in my house, check my license, etc.......they can, i have no issue with it. i find being fully cooperative and friendly with those folks is or has a way better outcome in the long run!!!!
    5 points
  15. Somewhere I read that there was 14 1/2"s of ice on Vermilion. I was on a smaller lake last night, there was a solid 10"s-11"s of ice, with an inch or two of water on top. I'd be mighty careful if your planning on driving out on any ice with a pickup, lots of slush near shore. I could see where a couple of wheelers attempted to get out, all they did was hose up the landing. By the by, got to ride out on my new Skandic last night, what a sled, pretty much like driving a Lincoln. LOL Ended up with one 15"er, had a couple more show up on the locator, couldn't entice
    5 points
  16. Finally got a couple for lunch on the west end..Wakemup/Head O Lakes Bay area. Only a couple of 13-1/2" twins, but I'm desperate for some fish to eat!!
    5 points
  17. Took the nephew out for his first time ice fishing near Marcell. Waited until he was six as I get nervous in the pop up shelter and a sunflower heater and kids. He did great! Absolutely loved it. Roughly 11 inches of ice and a fair amount of snow on the lake. Fished a break off the shoreline hoping for just some small pearch but we caught a fair amount of nice crappies, a few bluegills and some bass. All caught and released
    5 points
  18. @papadarvand Dave Genz should have coffee together some time.
    5 points
  19. About 9 inches and a little slush on a northern Pine Co lake. Took a fellow ER resident out ice fishing for the first time and sight fished for some pike through a spear hole, C&R. Brought them in with a decoy and caught them on a spoon
    5 points
  20. Have a very Merry Christmas my friends. I hope you all feel the love on this very special day! God bless.
    5 points
  21. Back in December, 2003, I was heading to the Battle Point access on Lake Osakis. On my way to the lake I was wondering if there was any vehicle traffic on the ice yet. When I got to the lake I could see car/truck tracks on the ice and there was a large permanent fish house out near the end of Battle Point. I drove onto the lake a little ways and stopped to check the ice thickness and found about 13". That seemed reasonably good for just me with my F150 so I drove about another 50 yards or so and decided to set up my portable. I fired up my Jiffy and nearly fell on my face when it went though i
    5 points
  22. Anybody else hitting Tullabees? For whatever reason they have moved into one of my walleye spots in Frasier. Measuring 10" of ice . Note: there is still open water at Moccasin point just east of the boat landing. Be careful in the channels everyone.
    5 points
  23. I actually did something similar. I was able to pick up a Marcum Lithium Shuttle off a buddy, so I made a custom mounting plate, utilized an old RAM Mount for the arm, then made a U bracket to hold my Humminbird Ice55. Works pretty slick, should be taking it on its test run after Christmas.
    5 points
  24. Just back from Sportsman's. Fished Monday and Tuesday in 18-20 FOW. Monday was a little tough, due to the cold snap, but things picked up on Tuesday, with a nice limit of 15-17" fish. 5 Sauger and 7 Walleye. Lot's of action most of the day, especially with a bratty mink that was under our house! As quickly as you'd try to return a small fish down the hole, the mink would dunk into the water, grab the fish by the tail and drag it back out.....I think he ended up with his limit too! My wife hauled in a real nice 28.5". All in all a memorable trip.
    5 points
  25. Well stated Tom. I have had people track me down both winter and summer. I know because they told me they saw me on the fishing forum. Not like I am a good angler, or that I am on the hottest spot for fishing on the lake. I just spend a lot of time wetting a line and sometimes have luck. Best option is to move if ya don't like being followed; I have not yet had somebody follow me from one spot to another. Love your Goldens. We have a golden/great peyrennes mix who looks like a golden except she has black fur (part black lab also). Stay healthy and enjoy life.
    4 points
  26. I should add some details 19-23 feet of water. 4mm wonder bread jig with a white with red flake maki mino. Until I was bit off then I struggled until I went to the old trusty 3 mm gold jig with a mayfly. I caught a lot of keepers but only need a few.
    4 points
  27. After some disappointing trips out to long i located my garmin and located a hotspot from last year where i typically go. Catching eyes and cats. Only downside is i have broken a couple trebles and lost a dozen so far tonifht
    4 points
  28. One can never be too safe! I would have done just about anything if my father would have taken me out for an overnight on the ice at age 10. Great way to make memories! If you go definitely take some pics, post them on here and let us know how the adventure went!
    4 points
  29. I have been catching quite a few northerns this week. They were In 9 feet of water, on sucker minnows and big rainbows. Most of them were in the slot the biggest one was 46 inches. I also caught a 21” walleye last night
    4 points
  30. My grand catch for my time up there. This was Saturday. Nord from our winter kill lake. Crappies a different lake. I did add 5 more crappies Sunday for a limit.
    4 points
  31. Fished from 10am to 6pm today and did not catch a fish. Had one bite on a rainbow that I lost half way up. Marked a few but couldn't get them to bite. May have to try pike suckers tomorrow. 14.5 inches of ice and about half inch of water came on the ice when drilling holes. Didn't run into any slush out of McKinley Park.
    4 points
  32. Not really if I would of had that option I would of maybe done same. I just got dumped off at HWY 23 bridge access as a kid starting at about age 12. Pops would unload my little 14 foot boat and 6 hp and off I would go from sunrise to dark all day running the chain fishing. At about dark he would be there waiting with trailer to load me up. Man I was lucky to have such a great Dad and I still love him today for it! He never complained sure it made him nervous as heck letting me go all day at that age but he saw my passion. And over the years it got worse and worse Made me into the fisherman
    4 points
  33. Yes, you got me hooked on icefishing more than I was before, I havent been to Koronis since spring time but always try to get out that way during the winter, I just upgraded to a one man flip over calm house ( no more hub house trying to blow away in the wind lol) I've been fishing lakes around st cloud and have been doing well on eyes and crappies, the new silkie trailer on a drop kick jig has been doing it for me so far. This eye was caught on Saturday on the silkie and drop kick.
    4 points
  34. Got the Clam Ice Armor Rise Float Bibs & Parka for walking / ATV on early ice. They are also quite warm for today's cool down chill.
    4 points
  35. This my newest piece of gear the Kichler custom black ice paired with a black Betty. IMG_3178.mov
    4 points
  36. Smurfy in Ely, there goes the neighborhood!
    4 points
  37. Ice update, snowmobiles this weekend on East side from Frazer to Trout portage and big bay from Birch pt to Mc Kinley park and Everett bay. Ice seemed consistent 10". Some large pressure ridges in big bay but easy enough to find safe crossings in daylight. Only open water I saw was at Moc pt so detour around Swanson island. Did not get over to oak narrows but would always advise caution there. Cold weather for Christmas eve so maybe the Penguins will stake the lake next weekend.
    4 points
  38. 10 inches of ice in a new location today. Lots of wheelers and snowmobiles running around. A couple of good sized wheel houses were pulled out by Birch Island. A small pickup and SUV were parked by each. Brave people. Good bite from 8 to 12 then only a handful of bites in the afternoon. Chubs still seem better than rainbows. 25 fow. Going to get even busier on the lake this weekend. Tomorrow is my last day until the Monday after Christmas. Good luck if you venture out and be careful.
    4 points
  39. When he was younger I always went out with my little Bud man. Now that he's 16 I leave him at home with the kids. Always got some laughs cuz nobody expected to see a long haired chihuahua pop out the neck of my jacket or roaming around looking for dropped minnows. Best fishing Buddy I could have asked for though.
    4 points
  40. Fishing has been steady as of recently. There is a bite window at first light, and I have seen a nice bite window mid-day between 12-2, mostly hitting dead sticks (plain hook). Things really ramp up for the last 45 minutes or so of daylight. If you can hang out after dark we have found some success on set lines, we have stuck a couple in the slot after hours which has been rewarding. Getting 12-14 inchers for the pan each day in the 20-26 FOW. -Tight Lines LV fisherman!
    4 points
  41. I used to post the name of lakes and even show the spots where I was fishing but it became to hard to always try to find a new spot on a lake. I do share with lots of people but I just give a general area now. I love meeting new people out fishing and my get togethers have gotten smaller and smaller. I will try to put one or two on this winter. There are few on here that I will share my special places with but very few. To all the new people or people who don’t post come on and share or come out and meet us regulars. It’s the best way to get the hot bites before they are over.
    4 points
  42. Some of you guys might remember the sled I built for my Clam 6800. It has been working great except for a couple things so I thought I'd share a little in case others could benefit. If you recall, I used 1" PVC pipe to keep it light weight. PVC pipe can be brittle in the cold so be careful not to step on it. If I was to do it again, and I might, I would use at least 2" pipe to give it more durability and still maintain its light weight appeal. I would also make sure to use schedule 80 pipe rather than the thin walled schedule 40. I also used cross country skis. They h
    3 points
  43. Thanks for the quick replies! That really answers my question very well between the two responses. I will now just start enjoying the chase of ice fishing for walleye, not that I didn’t before, but more like I do with musky fishing during the fall. Cherish the days where I do well and learn from the ones where I don’t catch any or very few. Really changed my mindset and I guess I was just a bit naive after that first trip to expect that result every time. Thanks guys!
    3 points
  44. Every hole we checked this weekend on vermilion we had about 14" of great ice. East side
    3 points
  45. The crowds everywhere have been insane. I am in favor of youth sports coming back online, just so that most of the bandwagon outdoors folks have something else to occupy their time and leave the lakes to us! However, I've heard that the resorts generally did pretty well this year on Vermilion so am happy if that is true. There is always a silver lining to every situation!
    3 points
  46. Merry Christmas all and see you soon on the ice I hope!
    3 points
  47. Went pheasant hunting did not see any, but I brought the crow call!
    3 points
  48. we take our dogs all the time. One doesn't like the floor so she just hangs out in the bed all day.
    3 points
  49. I sometimes look at the amount of members that have been on this site for years and still log in every day and never contribute. It's amazing! If they aren't adding or contributeing at all I consider them a lurker add them to the list. They obviously are looking for something? A easy bite some tips who knows. What do you think the new members see and think. Are they going to be willing to add to a topic if a seasoned member doesn't? Heck no they will sit back and join the rest of the lurkers. Lets all do our place to try and spice things up around here. And to the ones that are I truely than
    3 points
  50. Can't say I agree that its "great" to see more people enjoying the outdoors. I liked it better when there wasn't the covid crowd at the access points, on the lake fishing, or pounding public land hunting. One of the reasons I enjoy getting out there is to AVOID other people. Luckily I primarily fish when the weather is less than optimal which tends to keep some people off the lake (and often produces better fishing). I also started fishing at night time again this past season and that was an extremely successful way to avoid people and catch more fish. I almost exclusively hunt on private
    3 points
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