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  1. 9 points
    Well it's all how you look at it grasshopper!
  2. 8 points
    Started fishing at about 9 this morning. Got on infront of the old nokomis restaurant. Was an absolute beautiful day to be out...until around noon. And then the wind picked up. And it picked up good! Fished in 47 to 108 ft of water. A white snap rap garnered a few looks, but no takers. By 2:30 I was sick of the wind, and decided to fish shallow before calling it a day. 17 ft was shallowest I could get to because of the pack ice along the shoreline. Ditched my laker gear and switched to my panfish rod and a chartreuse 1/8 oz frostee spoon, gobbed with eurolarvaes. Had a fish slam into it like a freight train, and I missed it! Got my bait back down there and he was waiting for me... 20 inch coho. Awesome fight on light tackle!
  3. 7 points
    The oxygen rich rain water/ snow melt seems to have made its way into the lakes. Crappies were like rocket ships, racing to inhale my bait as it descended towards the school. I normally C&R because nobody catches 100 fish by packing up as soon as a limit is on the ice, but my dad asked me if I had any fresh fish, so I took an hour of my day to get him some. I released several over 12" also. You can't catch a huge fish if you kill it when its a big one. 20' deep weed edge with sunken Xmas tree nearby using waxies and horizontal glow jig produced fast, easy limit tonight.
  4. 7 points
    Well “sadly”. Yes I just said that. Winter is coming to an end and gross summer is near. The hot temps, Humidity, mosquitoes, crazy busy boat landings, drunk boaters. The worst time of the year is near. Life is so blah now. No snowmobiling, no ice fishing, ( I wouldn’t be done for awhile yet but mom won’t let me go anymore), I mean really!? I could still drive my truck out What’s more dangerous late ice or being out on first ice on 2”-4”? It’s just water, mud and by far my least favorite time of year. This winter just went by way way to fast! But it is what it is. Can’t believe it, but so long winter 18-19. In summary probably one of the top ice seasons for me! It’ll make me feel better if I can share some pics with y’all. Enjoy! This is only a VERY few select pics from the winter. Biggest walleye- 21” (caught 3 total all caught while fishing for crappies or gills). Biggest gill- 9-3/4”. Biggest crappie- 13”. Total ice outings 29. (I wanted one more to reach 30). 26 angling outings, 3 dark house spearing outings.
  5. 7 points
    Was out last Thursday off the French river. Only fished from about 9-2. Had 12-14" of clear ice out in 50' of water. One 27" laker came topside. And hit the smoker yesterday!
  6. 5 points
    Nice @AlwaysFishing23! We drove by there last night and were tempted to pop a few holes but had burgers on the brain too much. I got over half of the bottom part of the list done today and 1 part of the top list done, which was much more fun! A friends custom 6.5 dialed in. Started at 500 yards and finished at 1000; 7 mph cross wind. My favorite hits were the 4 inch circle at 550; the 4”x5” plate at 700 and managing a 12 inch 3 shot group at 1000. Man, he’s got this baby down.
  7. 5 points
    Fred Fred is 1.5 years n scales out st 70 lb of fun times n loves his lil bro. Max Power is now 6.5 months an scales out at 67.3 lb of mischief n fun learning troubles. So we are all looking forward to ice out an Game On up the lake! I wonder where my lil puppy Max did go? Have a great weekend! Big Smiles! T
  8. 5 points
    I was up on Osakis today and on the north end travel conditions were very good with little to no snow or slush. The access is very rough and slushy though. There's still 35" of good ice. Tons if fish but not a lot of quality to be had. Getting away from the crowds may be a better plan as the north end has been hammered almost exclusively the past month due to all the snow.
  9. 5 points
    Few small sunnies and a couple of crappies. Looking at the 10 day forecast it could be short late season. Good luck to anyone that heads out. Would not advise vehicle traffic without chains, truck on Francis tried and didn’t make far. Crusty layer of ice and slush.
  10. 5 points
    3 years ago to the day.... Minnesota weather is so unpredictable. Not sure how this (my first laker) would fit up a hole... But it was nearly 70° dead calm and not a cloud in the sky, today there's enough ice to drive a full size pickup.
  11. 5 points
    Simple but effective rig is a length of chain anchored to a bar, 12-14", off centered. Drill a hole in the ice. With the bar off centered it will hang pretty vertically on the chain. Lower the bar so its below the bottom of the ice. Hook top of bar on edge of hole and position so the bar is across the bottom of the hole and keep tension on it. Winch yourself out. To remove the bar/chain from hole give it some slack and the bar swings vertical again and you raise it out of the hole. Best thing since sliced bread.
  12. 4 points
    Got out fishing this morning at about 9am and was off by 2. Had a group of good buddies join and ended with 3 limits of big gills (8”-9.5”), (limit on this lake is 10 per person per day) 2 jumbo perch, 3 decent pike, and 3 largemouth ( all pike and bass were released immediately as they are out of season). AWESOME day with a good group of buds. Sight fishing in 4-5FOW made the action even more fun if you were able to get out it was a great day to be out with friends, family or the kiddos.
  13. 4 points
    Spring is no slouch for activities though! Here’s a list of (fun) possibilities for even this weekend: Sapping Shooting - rifle range Shed hunting Still enough ice to fish through Some open water to cast to Still ‘Nuff night light yet for yotes Scout for turkeys Snow goose season is open too It’s too bad though I have to include some other stuff for the weekend: Helping move someone Taxes Annual files cleaning HVAC maintenance Some catching up at work Snow plow repair/maintenance At least I can count on getting stuff from BOTH sides accomplished!
  14. 4 points
    We had 120 people up at Arnesen's Resort this past Thursday-Sunday for Ice Team University. It's no secret the conditions are tough (snow and travel on the lake) but the team at Arnesen's shuttled all of us out to some productive fishing areas! We fished out of the portables for the most-part, they just assisted in getting our gear out. We fished about 8 miles out and depths ranging from 24-31 feet. Caught A LOT of walleye, sauger, eel pout and tullibee. Also a handful of pike. Most of the larger fish came through high off the bottom... namely 4-8 feet off the bottom. If you fished closer to the bottom then you caught a pile of little fish... you had to force yourself to fish higher in the water column and you'd get bit. It's a tough concept, especially when you're marking fish on the bottom, but rest-assured that the groups that fished higher BY FAR caught the larger fish. We used Clam Pro Tackle Leech Flutter spoons and Pinhead Mino Spoons in 1/8oz. Gold or glow red were hot, also the new glow orange and glow rainbow colors. I personally did the best with a Drop XXL glow red jig tipped with a whole minnow through the lips... so basically larger panfish tackle. They would take it in the fall, so if you had a fish come up and act neutral, I would snap it up a foot or so and let it fall, then about 90% of the time the fish would just crush it! Largest walleye was 29". Largest sauger was 19.25". Largest eel pout was 9 pounds 7 ounces. Largest perch was 13.25". Large pike was 39". Overall it was a phenomenal event and the team at Arnesen's is first-class all the way!! Here are a couple pics...
  15. 4 points
    maybe work out some plan next year for a get together there of some small way....
  16. 4 points
    Hats off to you Mike I couldn't believe the amount of people there. The place was packed definitely had to be a little stressfull keeping things in order. Wanderer would of been a blast to meet you. As avid waterfowler myself I like you appreciate good wood decoys. Especially some of the old working gunning decoys of years past. One display had some of the old herters cork working decoys from the 40's I have some of the herters myself and a few of the old paper decoys on display myself. Things of beauty for sure with some serious history behind them.
  17. 4 points
    Yeah, recently purchased a house north of the Richspring Golf course. My parent's have a place on Elkview Cir, they've been there since 87. Before that they stayed at Island View when Walt ran it. Wife and I lived in Sartell, and decided it was time to get out of town. Plus, we're closer to her parent's, and mine. HAHA, $8 is normal price, on sale they're $2 each. Looked like they struggled to get the house off the ice, based on the snow conditions, so they probably were out there a lot longer then they thought they would be. If they were Totinos, then I would have no doubt about that.
  18. 4 points
    I got out last night for a few hours before dark. I brought the flip over and planned to stay Mobil till I found the fish. Well I had to drill one hole. I was on fish from time I dropped down to the time I left at about 6:40pm. All big gills 8”-9.5”. Few ok crappies released everything. Only one other person on the lake and they left shorty after I got there so need less to say I had the whole lake to my self. I walked out since it was a short walk and I knew it would be slushy. Well there was no slush! It was all froze solid so there was maybe 4”-5” of snow and when walking you broke through a few inches of it so it was easy walking! Couldn’t believe there was no slush I scrapped down in a few spots with my boot and it was dry. Maybe 5”-6” or froze slush when I drilled my one hole. 17 fow on a gradual break. Wax worm and a tubby jig. Most fish were suspended 4 ft off bottom to 5 ft below the ice and they were AGGRESIVE. Fun times! Ice fishing season is just kicking into high gear again for me got a couple fun trips planned for this month.
  19. 4 points
    Is it just me, or is everyone else SICK OF SNOW, too!!?? I'm a big fan on MN, and I don't mind winter at all, but COME ON!! Sure makes for tough conditions on the ice and it puts "work" more into the equation than we want, lol. All of that said though, the fishing in the last month has been very good, it's just getting around on the ice to chase/find fish that's the problem. If you can tackle that, then you'll catch some fish, as the angler pressure is way down off the beaten path and you pretty much have every spot to yourself. The snow has also changed the way you fish, and the way the fish act. It's very dark under the ice, and it made a very abrupt change... one week there was literally no snow and the light penetration was insane... then the next week there was a foot of snow on the ice and things changed drastically... now fast-forward to TWO feet of snow on the ice and it's darn-right pitch-black under there! Things we need to take into consideration when fishing. The mid-day crappie bite has been phenomenal because of it, too!! Glow jigs and spoons have done well, especially on the panfish. Create noise and vibration, get them to find you. They will eat, you just need them to intercept. No bait either, just a plain spoon or a plastic tail on the jig. Also think shallow. A LOT of fish are staying the shallows because the weeds didn't die before this snow it so they stayed intact (for the most-part on the expansive flats). And the fish are there! Also makes for walking out to a spot a lot easier in the thick snow if those spots are closer to shore! I've also relied heavily on GPS lately, as you don't want to have to punch a lot of holes. Navionics has been one of my best friends in the last month for sure!! Looks like some warmer weather is finally going to show up, but not without a bunch more snow. Maybe the rain next week will help too!! We need some of this snow to level out!! Good luck if you hit the ice and be safe!!
  20. 4 points
    Now that right there is an honest, very helpful report! Thanks Wanderer! ;)
  21. 4 points
    Venturing into the great unknown
  22. 4 points
    And a absolute obsession with it Sometimes it scares me .
  23. 4 points
    Day 1 up on Flag Island Resort brought us many Walleye, Sauger and Perch on the Minnesota side of Lake of the Woods. Day 2 however we went into the Canadian water to fish an area that has Walleye, Perch, Sauger and some REALLY BIG Crappies! This plan and location did not disappoint - I won't be forgetting this day on the ice!
  24. 4 points
    Glad to help out Chuck is a great guy and avid outdoorsmen always willing to help out. Been there on lesson learned we learned long ag the headaches involved leaving them out to late or when a major storm or high winds hit. Smurfy Does sound like fun might see you there be nice to run into some old hunting fishing buddies and enjoy some of there fine quisine thanks for invite.
  25. 4 points
    Called Linwood Country store and asked them who did their plowing? That person led to 3 others guys who all work together and live 4 blocks from the access. Best guys ever. RAML landscaping.
  26. 3 points
    I walked out on a local lake tonight (pulled a sled about 3/4 mile). The walking was fairly easy. I found that if I stuck to the areas without snow I stayed on top of the slush ice (I’m 230lbs), if I went in the snow it was WET! 12-14 inches of slush under the snow... fishing was very good I kept 6 crappies and released 20-25. Overall I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of travel. I fished in 12-15 FOW and used a Swedish Pimple with a waxie until 8pm then I switched to a minnow on a red glow jig and caught my bigger fish on the minnows.
  27. 3 points
    I'm gonna let you in on a secret that I discovered many years ago on a lake that had low numbers of very large Crappies. We all know that sunset is a time when Crappies become hungry and active. They seem to appear out of nowhere and after a half hour flurry of action, they disappear just as quickly. Often when fishing this lake I would get a bite or two if I was lucky. One night a friend and I were set up in my usual spot and right on time, we started catching fish. We ended up catching over a dozen 13.5"-15.75" Crappies that evening. About halfway through the action, as we realized we were doing much better than I ever had on that lake, my friend commented on the full moon. It was just peeking above the trees, and the beautiful sunset was on the opposite horizon. Not realizing what provoked that prolonged action, we both were eager to go back 4 days later. I got 1 fish, he had 1 bite, as was typical for the lake. Puzzled, we were talking about our last trip, and we came to the conclusion that the sunset and moonrise combo was the cause of the outstanding action. People talk about the full moon creating better activity "because the fish can see better". I am VERY convinced that is NOT the reason. Musky fisherman know about the power that the moon has. With moon rise, moon set etc. being times when a big fish is more likely to strike. Other fish like huge Crappies feel the power as well. When the moon is full, moon rise and sunset occur at about the same time. The combination of both high percentage times at once creates a MAGICAL window that occurs once per month. Since then I have capitalized on this monthly occurrence many many times, for walleye, eelpout and musky as well as the crappies. It is way more than just a coincidence it is MAGIC!! Sometimes the days before and after the full moon are also excellent, occasionally 1 is even better than the full moon night. But any time you are planning a trip for a challenging species or difficult location try to be there at that magical period and you will improve your odds of success. It doesn't matter if its cloudy and the moon is not visible the magic is still there. Hopefully you can unlock the potential of a lake with this little tip. Remember that C.P.R. (Catch-Photo-Release) is key to catching bigger fish as well as the key to the future of fishing.
  28. 3 points
    Sorry to invade the Vermilion topic, but yes I did fish Burntside Sunday-Wednesday. Tough fishing but I did catch 5#-1oz, 3#-13oz, and 2#-8oz lakers.
  29. 3 points
    Made the trip up from the cities to retrieve my boat in storage here at the cabin. Got out on the lake tonight for a bit on the snowmobile. What a mess. Slush and ponded water everywhere. Ice depth was 26” on the staked trail and the ice came out in chunks not shavings when using the auger. It’s definitely getting softer. We had probably a foot more ice last year at this same time. Gonna be iced out early if this keeps up. This trip is likely my last time on Lake V for the ice season, unless conditions become drastically colder for a prolonged period.
  30. 3 points
    Well, I’ve posted plenty of pics over the years but normally without makeup. Maybe I should think again before going out in the morning. Thanks for the clarification smurfy!! By the way, BIGFISH JZ, I recognized that spot on the map. Maybe I’ll see ya out there in the next week or so? Good luck out there - it sounds like a great place to enjoy some great fishing.
  31. 3 points
    Well glad I went to this.! The carvings, working decoys and custom spears were amazing some peoples talents are truly inspiring! The items there brought back some great memories of me and my fathers spearing days together. Had the good fortune of running into Smurfy we had a good chat both of us were blown away by a hand carved ruffed grouse on a log it was absolutey one of the best pieces i've ever seen the detailing was behond imagination. Price was $3,000 which explains the workmanship and time put into it I should of took a pic. Smurfy introduced me to Mike 89 it was great to finally meet you hopefully in the future we will get more time to know each other. . Thanks again for posting this show I guarantee ill be back again next year.
  32. 3 points
    Wanderer, you won't even reveal if you are male or female on your profile!! I'm not sure if I am sharing any more maps or tips with you. I know some tight lipped people but I, at least, know what sex they are!!
  33. 3 points
    Drove over to the west end of Francis this afternoon just to check the ice condition, lakes in the area appeared to be snow free but walking out a ways proved there are several inches of slush. Within the first several feet very soft, water over my ankles, but farther out I could walk on top. Will post up if I can get out tomorrow.
  34. 3 points
    For our final day of fishing on our stay at Flag Island Resort we went back into the Canadian side of LOTW to target giant Crappies through the ice. We caught good numbers of Crappies along with some real Slabs, throw in a 26" Walleye and Day 3 did not disappoint! It was tough to leave Flag Island but I will be back up there again soon fishing off the grid and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds.
  35. 3 points
    Here's a video I put together of the amazing smallmouth action we encountered last June in the BWCA!
  36. 3 points
    Sounds like a LOT of resorts are calling it a season with the mild temps and rain ,,, Seen some pics of ice roads with 8 inches of water on them ,,,,I bailed on our trip for sunday ,,,, Fishing is supposed to be enjoyed not endured
  37. 3 points
    But URL isn't "green" it doesn't have too much algae so the zebras will be cleaning up the ingrediants needed for a healthy food chain.
  38. 3 points
    There was probably about a foot and a half of snow but there was zero slush on the way out and still no slush after I drilled holes... Which was so nice, because I had to kneel while fishing because I didn't remember a chair.
  39. 3 points
    The Crappies are still pretty active. I was out on a small lake this morning and C&R'd over 30 nice 10"-13.5" Crappies. Was only using waxies so I didn't have to carry minnows in. The Crappies usually get skittish when the oxygen levels get low from so much snow cover blocking light that plants need to produce oxygen, most were biting light but they were rushing in to bite. I was in 20' and caught most 10'-15' down on small glow jig. Got a couple on jiggin rap when I could have 2 rods down, mostly only had time for 1 rod because of the fast action. No slush on this lake.
  40. 3 points
    I made a folding wood floor for my hub house so you can stay up on top of the snow.
  41. 3 points
    If you know the other guys with houses contact them you all three could split the cost as Im sure they will need support also. I Assume you are out by The N islands? Another option you would have and is probably closes access is call George at Cozy corners he may be able to help you out I know he has a truck with a plow also. Morris Grossinger locally has a skid steer with a blower and he also does snow removal not sure if he would be willing to take a chance on the ice with it. Hopefully some of these options work for you sure one of them will.
  42. 3 points
    There are a few guys locally that have plows and do some plowing. Casey owner at Channel Marine has a plow and a 3500 Chevy pickup he may be able to help. Another two guys I know that do local plowing are Chuck Merten, Casey or Jeff at channel Marine should have his number and Chuck Schmitz excavateing. Good luck hope it works out.
  43. 3 points
    I was seeing that at home today and there were/are a TON of road closures south of the Cities. Our snow hasn’t even had much opportunity to melt and set up. So much powder and then these huge winds. Maybe it’s just us older guys that have been stuck too many times that have learned our lessons?? Some people are offering up to $500 to get help off and yet others are saying they’re trying to find a way ON the lake with their houses. Sometimes you just gotta say put a fork in it. At least for a while anyway.
  44. 3 points
    nice one from yesturday.
  45. 2 points
    Wow the fish were on fire but little. I caught so many 4-7 inch gills and one 3 over 7 inches. Crappies were harder to come by and 5-7 inches.
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    Just noticed this. Walleyes don't care for a lot of light so they go deeper if it is too light. The State waters of URL are fairly shallow so if the water clears up the walleyes could move to deeper and darker water. The deeper water is all on the Bands side of URL and in LRL. URL is mainly a sand/mud bottom with some rock piles here and there. Don't Zebras need a hard surface to attach to?
  48. 2 points
    Seemed odd to me why they stated ( listening to the radio driving in this morning) “We found zebra mussel larva but no adults”. Well seems to me it takes adults to reproduce and make young. So obviously there’s a population in the lake already before this. The amount of traffic URL gets all year I’m surprised it lasted this long without them.
  49. 2 points
    I just got back from the Nestor Falls/Sioux Lookout area. We fished Crow and didn’t need an extension - average of around 20+ inches of ice I’d guess but it varied noticeably. Some slush but not too bad if you stayed in the main lake. What I heard from across the road (LOW), more slush but people were getting around on sleds. If you drive out on a road, you’re only going to be able to walk a little ways off it to fish. They didn’t mention extensions but I sure wouldn’t go up there without one packed at least. LOTS of snow up there and you WILL make some slush when you cut your holes if you’re not already in it when you start. We were able to pull our houses but it got a little dicey sometimes on Crow. I’d be more careful on LOW from what it sounded like. BTW, not to dampen your spirits, but the bite hasn’t been great. It’s not March up there yet.... Not conditions wise anyway. Good luck!
  50. 2 points
    Please tell me that the CWD-positive captive cervid facility was immediately shut down with security measures like high fences to contain the contamination until the contaminate soil could be placed in a hazardous waste disposal location. Bet it hasn't. We need to shut down all captive cervid facilities, aka deer and elk farms.
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