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  1. 7 points
    My soft water season ended Saturday. Landed the boat and need to give it some TLC. I fished everyday in October and boated 304 walleye. Primarily fished my 5 favorite fall spots. Strictly used a jig/minnow. Lots of nice stuff with a fair amount of smaller fish. To be clear I am a catch and release guy. I probably kept 8 fish. This is a picture of a nice one from my last day out..
  2. 4 points
    We fished Thursday-Sunday as well. Didn't do fantastic but ate fish all 3 mornings and all 4 of us went home with a limit. Kept 8 on Thursday and Saturday and 7 on Friday. I didn't fish Sunday morning but they picked up a few more then too. Size was very good. Most of our keepers were 15-19 inch fish. Got a 23 and a super fat 26" for slot fish. The 26 had to be an 8 pound fish-never seen one that fat on vermilion. Also ran into a 37" northern and a couple nice bass and perch. Thursday and Friday was exclusively an afternoon bite for us. All keepers came after 2:30pm. Saturday they bit all day. Lots of skinned minnows from short bites, probably 3:1 missed to caught ratio. We did most of our damage in 26-30 feet off the edges of reefs in big bay and Frazer. Tried to drift or troll around 0.5-0.7mph. Usually like to go slower but wind made it tough at times. A longer leader on the lindy seemed to be the key. About 5 feet long compared to the usual 3. Couple of the guys threw a spinner on and that was the ticket at times as well. Not fast enough to spin but I think the fish were really hugging the bottom and maybe a little flash or stirring the mud up got them to go. Also found light biters but the larger the minnow the harder the hit. Ystore was out of pike suckers Saturday so we got light northern instead and the walleyes were smacking those hard. All in all another successful trip. Somehow the October weather cooperated!
  3. 4 points
    Fished Thursday-Saturday this week and caught only 12 walleyes in 2½ days, half as many as I caught two weeks ago. Fishing was quite slow for me, and the walleyes were biting very light. At least this week there were some decent meal size fish as only 2 were dinks along with 3 slot fish. Caught another 26" walleye pictured, and this one weighed 5#-11oz, 1oz more than the one I caught two weeks ago. Maybe it was the same fish and added another ounce. Weather was nice today and it brought out a lot of boats as shown in the second photo. Fishing wasn't good enough to deal with this crowd so I quit early. Good luck fishing, and enjoy the fall.
  4. 3 points
  5. 3 points
    Well my niece drew a rifle tag and i had to pick up a surplus bow tag for Montana this year. I wan't terribly hopeful as they start to get run around and I would have to spot and stalk hunt. That can be pretty challenging with a bow on open ground. But after a number of stalks i managed to get to 50 yrds and seal the deal. Not a monster, but one heck of a first antelope with stick and string.
  6. 3 points
    So I finished a project recently. A while back a few buddies and I went to Lake of the Ozarks for paddle fish. It was an awesome trip. I kept 2 skulls and here is what I did with them. Attached is a photo with one of the fish as well. I can't tell which I like better. The natural with light wood, or dark with white.
  7. 3 points
    Some consider the Stuntz Bay boathouses hideous. I've owned one for 40 years and love that area. I've seen many people cruising the bay looking at them. There is a lot of history to them and are very interesting to look at. And they only take up 1/2% of Vermilion's lakeshore for those that don't like them. My wife took the first photo and I took the second.
  8. 2 points
    Cold, windy and few fish today. Tried different depths and moved around with minimal luck.
  9. 2 points
    Although I moved away from the area over 10 years ago I can say without reservation that the rum river has fantastic walleye fishing. There's some pigs in there besides numbers. I've also had really good bluegill fishing there too!
  10. 1 point
    Heard 3-4 inches on some lakes but I can’t prove it as I am at deer camp
  11. 1 point
    On the south end... Great catches of walleyes along the south shore. There are various schools of walleyes in many locations. A big school of walleyes still in front of Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River) in 24' - 29'. Anglers on fish in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point, Rocky Point and Garden Island. Anglers having success anchored up and jigging. Gold, orange, glow and pink hot colors with a live or frozen shiner. Anglers going through a lot of bait catching all sizes of walleyes. On the Rainy River... Emerald shiners and walleyes are in the river. Anglers are reporting catches from the mouth of the river at Wheeler's Point upstream 42 miles to Birchdale. Waves of walleyes move through periodically. Jigging and pulling crankbaits producing walleyes. Good walleye fishing continues in Four Mile Bay as well. Sturgeon anglers continue to catch good numbers of sturgeon. Up at the NW Angle... Walleyes fishing remains good. Garden Island, points with current, neck down areas and at mouths of bays where shiners are running. Big schools of shiners showing up. Jigging very effective as waters cool. Crappie bite is good. Muskie fishing remains strong.
  12. 1 point
    Sonny Boy did it!—got his first 20 inch bass at age 12. (bettered his pappy’s PB…!!!) Caught with a rapala DT10 (perch color) casting from shallow (~5-6 feet just above the developing cabbage) into deep water and pulling it back to the weedline. (notice the black spot above the eye—In the picture it looks like a sharpie mark (or a ball-player’s “eye-black”). I’ve never seen a bass like that but apparently they get “age spots” just like us and this is fairly common (and not a direct sign of disease/harm/etc…) If ya'll are fishing pine lake and come across this feller, say "hi" to him from us.)
  13. 1 point
    Trout/Wabana were really nice lakes, the one and only time I got to fish them 2 years ago. Would love to make it back up there some day. Too many places, too little time!
  14. 1 point
    We got one gadwall yesterday. Today duck motivation is low. Clear sky and zero wind right now. Going back to bed for a couple hours and then off looking for roosters or grouse. Whatever works.
  15. 1 point
    Had one of those days where I swear those ducks had bullet proof vests on!! Finn laid down after a bit and well my dad sucks!!
  16. 1 point
    Floating those sections of the Rum will take you much longer than you’ll originally think it will. Be aware of that when you plan your trip. I’m assuming the water is high right now as most rivers in MN are, so it could go a little quicker. For example, Isanti to St. Francis will be like 10 hours without slowing down much to fish. Figure about 1 river mile per hour to be a steady pace for a fishing trip.
  17. 1 point
    Fished Wabana for a week in September. Walleye were slow, pike was pretty fair, blue gill were nice with some decent size.
  18. 1 point
    I would float farther north, more bends and rock. The stretch from Isanti to st Francis is pretty sandy so as much bass in that stretch, I've done better south or north of the stretch I mentioned.
  19. 1 point
    Its even better for smallmouth bass. Our rivers are loaded with them and there's very little pressure.
  20. 1 point
    Almost too nice if weather yesterday and today in this area. If I were out today with the southern winds/gusts to 30, I’d spend most of the day on my feet. Good day to still hunt.
  21. 1 point
    Welcome to the area! Blue Lake and Green Lake are panfish lakes close by with the occasional walleye to be had in either but with more consistently from Green. Briggs Lake chain is another good option for both crappies and walleyes and with it being part of the river system some size can be had for both. Go a little south from there and you can hit up the Annandale area lakes which have walleyes and crappies. Good Luck and let us know how ya do!
  22. 1 point
    Took the niece out to Montana for her first antelope hunt. The drive through the blizzard was sketchy, but we made it. She had a blast and it was a fun hunt.
  23. 1 point
    Definitely Rapidan Dam. I went there last fall and caught 30+ Walleye.
  24. 1 point
    Just love drake woodies
  25. 1 point
    Finn and I went hunting to clear out our minds today! Hit the woodduck call and instant screams I shoulder the gun and a double! Finn got the drake and went get the hen and she dove on him! Maybe she will be out in the pond Saturday!
  26. 1 point
    Thanks Bill, Fishing was good Monday afternoon. I’ll try again tomorrow. Muzzleloader season opens Saturday in Area 8 so the fish will get a reprieve.
  27. 1 point
    sure is quiet up this way!!!!!!!!! well bear hunting was a bust, no time to chase tree chickens, fishing time was far and few between. trails are a greasy mess but if for no other reason all this rain this year the lakes are finally up to levels of 30 years ago!!!!
  28. 1 point
    Yeah, I’ve unofficially retired my gear for season. Ice season is on the mind. I’m shopping around for a new ice suit right now. Also bought a new vexilar this summer that’s itching to get out of the box for the first time.
  29. 1 point
    That's insane. I'm amazed you were able to take a photo of it.
  30. 1 point
    Does bringing the wheel house home from Ely count? I’ll admit I’ve been looking at some used gear for sale. Would like and 8 inch Nils bit for my drill. I’m craving a return trip to Ely to try a couple lakes I don’t normally fish.
  31. 1 point
    Going to start getting the ice gear ready!! Who else is thinking about ice season?
  32. 1 point
    Lake Crystal would be great for fishing.
  33. 1 point
    Another quick weekend at the lake produced some SLABS....love the fall fishing. Hope to be up one more time before ice up.
  34. 1 point
    I was watching the Ely forecast all last week like a hawk! And literally the day before we left I had to cancel our camping trip to basswood lake due to rain. The Grand Marais forecast was a little better, plus drive in versus boat in is WAY more convenient. Camped at pine trestle lake for 3 nights. Did more sightseeing than anything, due to rain and wind. Caught a few splake at pine trestle. The one day we did take the boat out on Greenwood Lake, we caught about 20 bass. Watched a deer go for a swim. Saw a bear with 2 cubs. Otters, foxes, grouse. My son was bitten by a garter snake, as he thought because they’re not poisonous, they don’t bite. Was a really fun trip, despite the weather. Just out out of curiosity, was there a salmon run on the north shore this year? All the streams were empty. I figured I might have been too late, but hoped to see some sort of activity.
  35. 1 point
    Yeah, I think it’s my phone. Just doesn’t want to send videos.
  36. 1 point
    Very nice pic @Dan Collins
  37. 1 point
    I just thought of a couple more things. One fun, or at least mildly entertaining activity is geocaching. It involves finding a container that was hidden and contains a log of finders and sometimes some trinkets. Is so, you take something and leave something in place of it. The locations are specified by GPS coordinates. On a geocaching Web sight Another is that I recall reading, in MN volunteer I think, about a sna or something on an island in Frazier bay area, againa little foggy here with some old growth trees. I remember thinking it would be fun to go there. Sorry for the nebulous description. I'd appreciate more info if anyone has any idea about the place
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Went fishing on Basswood on Sunday. It rained all day but we had a good time thanks to Mike Stark and The Ely Fishing Guide Company.
  40. 1 point
    Looks like you were catching whitefish in a blizzard Mike. No pics showing for me. Is it just me?
  41. 1 point
    I've caught plenty of bigger panfish, but none that were feistier than these!
  42. 1 point
    Got your attention eh!!! Well the best turd cleaner is back eating dog turds in my tree. Eat’em up little buddy!!
  43. 1 point
    Haven't been active for some time. Life can do that to you. Changed jobs doing somewhat the same but what is different is I've been involved with the duty and honor of interment of our Nation's Veteran's. I'm working at the new MN Veteran's Cemetery on Hwy 53 just North of Pike Lake. I see myself doing this till its time to retire. That and servicing Nils Master Blades during Winter months has been kept me extremely busy. Spring, Summer, and Fall is my personally resolution to enjoy my time and take to the water as much as possible. With that I'll share what I can. Knowing you all have busy schedules too, I ask you share when you can. We don't ask for your secret spots but share as you can.
  44. 1 point
    Lincoln Lakes area lakes are Ice free, as of 4-23-19.
  45. 1 point
    Mike has been in the business for more then 30 years and also use to teach it up at Pine City Voc Tech. He does it all. The crappie and a few others he did for me. Lighting not the best. Tell him Steve A, from Brooklyn Center sent you. May be he will give you a $1 off!
  46. 1 point
    It was 55 yesterday, this rain will cool it off a bit though I'm sure.
  47. 1 point
    48-49 in the main channel last Sunday , probably low 50's after today
  48. 1 point
    Well had to scratch out a couple of eyes on lindy's pretty deep. lots of rockbass and sunnies up shallow oh and of course picklers
  49. 1 point
    I believe bird drive is either in there or not. If throwing 'play' pigeons in front of a puppy is the determination in making bird drive, it would more or less be a necessity for trialers and hunters... The trainers in Scotland (where most of the British lines come from) rarely expose dogs to bird training prior to a year of age... It is mostly obedience and socialization during that time. With that said. I myself expose puppies to live pigeons for a couple of brief periods at 6-7 weeks as a litter. Just enough to bring up some inner instincts... more to help start creating bold pups. I think in moderation a live bird or two along the way prior to teething is O.K., I think it can be over done and create some bad habits that need to be undone at a later stage. I am a firm believer of creating very obedient dogs between the ages of 10 aand 20 weeks. this creates the foundation for all subsequent training. I do not like to intermix any type of training at the time with any birds or feathers. If they get a bird or wing at that time... it is on a check cord and if they 'rough' it up, I take it away immediatley... no reprimand or anything, just no more bird or wing... Good Luck! Ken
  50. 1 point
    I agree getting a pup birdy and keeping it that way is a good idea. Just a word of caution puppies go through a teething-chew time at 14 to 17 weeks where they have super needle sharp teeth and want to chew on everything and this could start to make them hard mouth. I would keep pigeons dry and full feathered only using them a couple times each to prevent hard mouth. Seen retrievers trained on wet thawed out birds without feathers that looked more like a pound of hamburger than a bird. I have had labs refuse to retrieve dummies after they just had birds shot for them which necessitated the need for the FF process. Just saying there are plus and minus to everything you do in dog training and you are not going to get any more birdy ness out of the pup than was breed into them. Most novices want to rush training and most experienced trainers proceed with caution. Good luck to you and your pup. Tink
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