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  1. 11 points
    Mother Nature sure has thing running a little later than normal this year....lol Here we are, April sixth...and there is still a lot of ice on our local lakes. I measured 26inches today. I could likley have driven out, but decided not to chance it. I felt the half mile walk through the six inches of snow would do this fat old man a bit of good..lol. After arriving at my destination, rather wore out from the walk, I started punching holes. Now, I haven't been on the ice in about two weeks due to work, so I was just going to start looking for fish close to where they were last time I was out. I figured they would still be using this area, maybe just a bit shallower than what they had been. After I had my first series of holes punched I fired up my Vexilar and began the searching. It didn't take long to locate some marks. I threw down a 4mm J and S custom jigs glow white tungsten on a Impulse slug bug. Never changed my bait all day A mix of gills and some very nice crappies fell victim, but all were returned to the water unharmed. The gills were close to the bottom while the bigger crappies were cruising right under the ice, so keeping a close eye on the flasher was a must. These late ice, early spring panfish trips are usually some of my favorites. Warm weather and active fish cant be beat. Today on the other hand, felt more like mid Jan with the wind howling and temps in the teens. Mother Nature, It's time to let go of winter
  2. 9 points
    Got my boat ready for opener! Don
  3. 7 points
    Going to get the kids out on the river today with gloves and garbage bags for Earth day.Plenty of garbage around the local community spots that can be removed.Im sure there will be more but it's something to do and it will look a little prettier out there.
  4. 7 points
    Bear looks good and looks like he is enjoying life! Got a few eating sized fish today. Enough for a couple of meals for Jean and I! Couple of real nice bluegills in the bunch!
  5. 7 points
    2013 Lake Vermilion Walleye Opener
  6. 6 points
    I saw Wakemup mention the whole scaling vs filleting panfish debate, so I'm starting a new thread. Who here cuts out the walleye wings for a tasty bonus? I learned about it the other year and was impressed when our sturgeon guide cut out the walleye wings on the non-slot walleye we brought in on the Rainy last weekend.
  7. 6 points
    Well this morning was officially the end of the ice season for me. Its been a lot of days on the ice this winter and I have to admit I'm a little burnt out. It wasn't easy but it was time to end it. Have to admit It was a sad moment putting the gear away but it was time as needed space today to put the boat in the garage Learned a lot of new water and reacquainted myself with some old standbys. Fished 10 different counties this winter so definitely fished a lot of different areas. Fished many species on the ice this winter so there never was a dull moment. Didn't take a ton of pics just a few need to take more just have never been a pic type of guy LOL. Iced 7 walleyes between 26-28 3/4 all on local lakes. So just a tip if you dedicate some time locally big eyes can be found. Fished panfish everywhere in the state highlight area for big fish being Becker and Ottertail Douglas counties. Biggest gill this winter was 10 3/4 many 10's came topside but couldn't break 11 this winter. Craps 15 inchers were tops. Good fish but had goals set at a 16. Some things learned this ice season where number one lure for the eyes was a old school hammered silver Swedish pimple. It far out produced anything else. Kenders tungsten where my mainstay for gills and crappies. The plastics of choice were power bait wishbones, chigger frys, and Northland impulse mayfly's. The catfish were a hoot and a change of pace did well on Maynards slammers Glow red. The equipment and gear I was running and never failed me all season were Thorne Bros Rods- For eyes Perch sweethearts. For the Panfish I was running Power Noodles, panfish sweethearts, and my favorite the Tripwire. Reels Pflueger Presidents, Prestige ,and Supremes.. Did use some inlines also from 13 fishing The free falls where worth every penny. Ran a K-Drill 8 inch early and late and During the thick ice Ran my strikemaste Lazer. Vexilar Electronics the old trusty FL18 my eyes underwater, Please Don't think that I'm pushing these products because I'm sponsored by them, I'm Not. Just want to give a thumbs up and honest opinion on some top notch equipment that has worked and weathered the storm of a good hardwater season. Realize we all work hard for our dollars and I can honestly say these products where worth every penny and never let me down! Well Off to the Garage to start getting the boat ready for the Next season By the Way big Shout out to some of the best Anglers I had the chance to share the ice with this season from FM. Thanks Borch, Bass Thumb, Moose, Eyeguy, Rick G , Tom Sawyer for shareing some ice time with me. Hopefully I get to meet and fish with a few other FMer's this summer or next hardwater. We had some great Times great laughs and managed to even ice a few fish Looking forward to having a few summer outings in the future. BYE BYE Ice Hello open water
  8. 6 points
    Almost time but maybe not quite... Although I did get the yak out of the backyard today, on to the trailer and up front to spend some time prepping it for time on the water soon. Indeed it was fun getting out with you and the gang a few times this winter and looking forward to the next outings whenever they may be. WIll share what worked for me and look forward to reading some more info from others. Panfish is what I love going after and I had great fishing with gold jigs almost all winter. Did use a few other colors that worked also but that gold was hard to not use. Tear drop style tungsten in and 4 mm from Widowmaker Lures. Tried some from sportsmens direct also the last couple outings and liked them also. For plastics, the wishbone was good and also impulse mayflies and slug bugs. Tried and bought too many different things to try... LOL. Fished with shrimp for the first time ever this winter and that was a challenge and fun to try something different. Started out with my good old ultralight gander mountain rods with the frabil titanium spring bobber and then bought a couple of the TUCR Inferno with the orange tip. I really like them for the 4mm and prefer the old ganders with a 3mm. Won a custom 32 inch power noodle from Kichler Custom Rods in Elk River at an event in Wisconsin and used it a few times yesterday. Very nice and looking forward to playing with it more. CGI inline reels still doing their job fine and I did grab one of the new Descent inlines and it worked sweet also. Nice that it now has a pop off spool instead of the gold screw off knob. 10 1/4 was my biggest gill and 14 for the crappie. Even went after catfish 3 times. Saw my first catfish tornado on the vex and iced a lot of fish after being taught how to use a bobber right for those super light biters. thx RickG My highlight of the winter was getting a PB northern on a tip up up on Mille Lacs with stick in the mud. Fun City! My good old FL 18 is still working dandy and although I am tempted to upgrade, not sure if I will. Nills 6 inch saved my back from the hassles of the gas and when I put the Milwaukee on it life got even better. All in all a fantastic winter fishing with great guys and learning how to be a better fisherman. Fish On!
  9. 6 points
    interesting day fishing on 30 inches and 60 degrees out no monsters but got a very round hybrid and some rock bass with neat eyes.
  10. 6 points
    I did not make it out as much as I wanted to this year. Overall it was a very good year. Good = getting a limit of 15 to 16s for the trip. Very good = getting a limit of 15 to 19s. Excellent - getting a limit of 19s in two hours. Poor = short of a limit. Seven trips or so for a total of about 24 days on the ice. I missed out on much of the cold weather from New Years to Valentine's Day. My paced picked up in mid-February. I was out between Christmas and New Years, 6 days. Two mornings were -30 or more. Had many equipment issues on these days. Best day of that trip was a mid-day high of 6F. Two of the sleds are in the shop for annual maintenance. Now looking forward to packing up the winter equipment and gear and doing the switcheroo - moving the winter trailer to storage and bringing the boat back. There might be a chance of targeting pike yet this year through the ice. I am not a river type. If I fish too much, then nothing else gets done. It will be interesting to the progression of the ice-out, since it has not really started yet. Just saying goodbye to a very dood winter walleye season.
  11. 5 points
  12. 5 points
    Fish will eat just about anything. Not only will they eat spam, but they will eat the can too! Enjoy the video!
  13. 5 points
    Hi. Month ago took April 21st for fun. Then .......thinking Pike Bay clear for me 28th. Now just plan on getting started when I can get started. What do I know, I like Jellied Beef!!! Its all good to me, no pressure an all fun. Big Black boat already but still 28 inches of ice down here even. Mmmmmmmm.....ya never can tell what goes on down below, this lake is way deeper an mysterious than you or I know... Keep on rocken! GO LEAFS! T
  14. 5 points
    Check out J and S jigs at 8mybait.com Pretty much the only brand I used besides Kenders this winter. The "disco ball" series has been my go-to jig because of a longer hook shank.
  15. 5 points
    Another fun day on the ice with moose and bassthumb and tom. didnt break 10 inches again but came close a few times. Pretty much stayed with a 3mm gold and a single white wiggler today. Woud have stayed longer but got a chill with the wind and brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
  16. 4 points
    Shorelines are starting to open, do you see the wood ducks?
  17. 4 points
    Hey, we need a little color and humor and Musky Tom does it best.
  18. 4 points
    Hi I don;t know really if there is a list or not? Hmmmmm. good question? How do ya find out? I do know House boats tie up n camp to some of the smaller ones. So guessing fair game for campers also?? Fast simple way to find out those islands n locals might be to call Vermilion Houseboats n ask a few questions or drop by with a load Hoogies. That 4 sure get some answers... KEEP OUT, PRIVIATE PROPERTY signs, Boat Lifts, docks ~ cabins n Reputation and of course GUNS n DOGS take care of the lite work for rest of us island owners. : ) 15 years ago Bonnie n I were going fishen an teasing Marauder crew of our hounds NO BOAT TODAY! We jumped in boat on back dock, told them to have fun, be back soon. Driving around front of island to tease them an pick up front docks we see a boat pulling in to east side of island. I motor over an I ask if I can help them. Two dudes, kind of laurel n Hardy type couple. They say hey man, you a lake cop? Were on vacation an don't want no trouble, Go %$# @#$%^ an back off we are here 1st an need to take a dump. Before I say anything Bonnie says, well bud yer on private property an if you like staying healthy you should get back in yer boat really fast or you gonna know why in 10 seconds. : ) "Yeah well no one can own an island so just back off.....this aint nothing to do with you" That is when the four hounds turned corner of shed full blast in silent sneak attack mode. : )Guess they were wrestling or chasing frogs or simply in shock that we did not let them in boat cause it took them about 1 minute to react to the voices. But maybe they were just waiting for right moment to GET IT ON! Becky arrived 1st....Buddy, then Barney an then Bailey....... One united big bark turned the dudes heads an you never seen two guys leap into a boat so fast just shy of four mouths full of teeth.... : ) Fat guy flew over the lil guy what seemed like 10 feet right into the bow of boat. Lil guys legs moving so fast to climb into boat an move it off show at same time all while screaming top of his lungs........HELP HELP HELP!!! Bonnie just says as I motor along to front docks to get hound pals. "Talk to the hounds, this aint got nothing to do with us ~ remember" Fun couple of minutes! Later out on lake they apologized an asked info on places to camp an were sorry for being real DICKS. Told them to maybe got to DNR office in town an ask them about island camping as at the time I had no idea. Actually got to know them pretty good an laugh about this online every summer when they come to lake or when see them on lake once in a while. : ) Keep on rocken! T
  19. 4 points
    Well monstermoose78 is done ice fishing around here for the year. Why you ask I fell through yes there was 28-30 inches of ice on the lake, but the shoreline nope. Went fishing with @Cret Jigs and we had fun fishing. I cut lots of holes and we got some good ones for the knife. Cret jigs brought a plank for the way out but on the way in I did not make it to the plank. Cret jigs helped me get my stuff to the shore and out. I worry about the guy on the wheeler and they guy who used the plank to get out too. Thanks Cret jigs for a fun day.
  20. 4 points
    Great Time today! We didn't put the slam to them but boy did I enjoy the day. I know I did a lot more relaxing and jaw jacking today then fishing LOL! But after as many days as I have spent on the ice my thought process lately has been been there done that this winter, so really didn't go at it to hard. My Ice season is comeing to a end and today I was alright with that. It was a day of laughs, great eats and some serious relaxation among a great group of guys. I know I wish I would of put some sunscreen on the face wow Hot tomato LOl! Bet Joe is hurting also he looked a little pink mid day. Thanks Royce, Rick G , Joe and his father for the good times., we have done a few of these mini get togehter's this winter and I believe our friendships have grown stronger everytime we share the ice together. Looking forward to possibly another outing if not open water is just around the corner
  21. 4 points
    Sound fun Cliff, sad about ice, will split when ready. Any Bites? : ) 25 inches on Minnetonka I saw today. Was out about mile from here musky acres with my Polar Bear Boy fer pannies...no doubt fun and its still hard n still 24" New med's for Bear n he is feeling great an has some cool studdly strut going on. Big Smiles for almost 12. Miss my lil island cabin n docks.........but........no fooling round with Mother Nature. Think good thinks, be safe, enjoy it all. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    Mission accomplished... Folks who saw me on the ice this weekend - and there weren’t many of us - may have wondered what I was targeting. This is it. Released her and a bunch of perch and tullibees as well. Would have made a fine meal, but this was her lucky day. Thought I’d share the photo with others on here who think whitefish are an amazing and under-appreciated sport fish. .
  24. 4 points
    I just sent a tweet to the MN DNR regarding this discussion about using 2 lines on the opener if you are fishing through the ice. Their reply is below- Hello Dan, The answer is yes – two lines are allowed if you're fishing through the ice. Thanks for the question.
  25. 4 points
    Went fishing with @eyeguy 54 @IceHawk And @Bass Thumb. The big crappies are on the munch and I was hungry. Fishing 7-10 feet as these big fish are moving shallower. Thank you to these guys for bringing a monstermoose along. The chicken tender sandwich was awesome and the beer was cold. Anyone else get out fishing?
  26. 4 points
    Was debating on trying to get out on Good Friday and decided I would stay home. Buddy had 8" of snow at his place around DL and with 6-12" being forecasted I decided to stay home. Buddy went out and fished from 5:30-7:50 and got 7 tuilibees. With the weather forecasted we stayed put and waited till noon to start moving around. Got to the lake around 2 and there was an easy foot of fresh powder on the lake. He had to plow a path with his vehicle and I followed in line to get to the fishing spot. Still had over 24" of ice on the lake though with a foot of fresh powder. Got the house set up with the two vehicles blocking the wind and parked using the receiver hitches to secure down the fish house. Got set up around 2:30 and within 5 minutes I had my first one on and sadly lost it. We were in 45 feet of water and the fish were coming through 30-42 feet of water. We ended up catching 4 monsters (19.5-20"), 2 huge ones (18-19") and one baby (10"). I had two personal bests with the 4 fish I caught on Saturday and I lost one after it straightened my hook. I've never had a fish fight like that before! People who've been following my posts know a few weeks back I got spooled and I was afraid of getting spooled again even though I put a TON of line on this time! Was a great bite from the time we set up till 5:30, from 6-7:30 we got one fish. Hopefully try it again next weekend.
  27. 4 points
    Its not to late to get the kids on the ice. If not this year, get them out next year. This is my top 10 tips for ice fishing with kids. What are some of your tips for ice fishing with kids?
  28. 4 points
    I hope I catch this guy when he's an inch bigger, a big pumpkin with a big ole forehead would be awesome.
  29. 3 points
    Why delete your post? I actually enjoyed reading that story. Seeing stories like yours is half the reason I like checking out this site (I like to check out all the different lake boards on fishingminnesota).
  30. 3 points
    I was able to get my ice to boat equipment and gear cut-over completed. Only problem was the electric golf cart was a no go. Finally got it charged enough to move. I just found out that the charger needed to be replaced. Over $300 - ouch. There were many out chasing pike. Those fishing on the reefs and in deeper water were not doing as well as those fishing in one foot of water below the ice. Sounded like you need to be willing to run your auger into the sand. I put new blades on my auger and went out to see how well they cut. Well, I drilled down 2 feet in less than 3 seconds as the ice was on the hard side of slush. I did not drill any further. The hole filled immediately with water. The pike chasers indicated they found little to no hard ice remaining. That is encouraging since hearsay from the DNR indicated we need 4 weeks of 70 degree days with above freezing temps over night to get the ice out. Come-on 70s!!!!
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    I've done cheeks quite a few times and they are always good. They take only a few seconds to carve out. I like to get the most out of the things I kill to eat, so I'm not afraid to pull them out of smaller ones. I'm glad to see that so many people picked up a new tip. That's the point of congregating on these forums. I wonder how many non-registered folks will read this and learn something new.
  33. 3 points
    Went up to Knife lake today to see if i could find some slab crappies. After drilling countless holes and only 1 crappie to show for it was thinking about packing it in. Then i notice a mark 1ft under the ice, bam a nice 12in slab. fished 2:45-8pm, bite was good 6:30-8. Caught a good amount of crappies, key was to be 6-8ft of water and most fish were 1-4ft down. All crappies were released, with how hard this lake gets its nice to see there's still slabs in there and wish the DNR would put a 5 crappie limit on the lake, even down to 3 would be great.
  34. 3 points
    Funny and it worked. Say, how did you get out without Mommy and the kids?
  35. 3 points
    good eats, good guys, a few good fish, fun in the sun.
  36. 3 points
    Never heard of that in all my years! They look delicious! I take my dad to Rainy Lake ever June for his birthday and do a nice shore lunch. Walleye wings will be on the menu this year! Thanks for the thread!
  37. 3 points
    The best part of mining, is the lake that is left when the ore is gone. Let us show you how we catch trout on a pit lake. Enjoy.
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    Well, its now April 17th.... where the hell is spring??? I met up with eyeguy for a few minutes on one of our area lakes. He was just packing up when I arrived. The report was lots of smalls, but good ones were starting to turn on. I found much the same as Royce had said...lots of smalls. I knew there were good fish in the lake, we have gotten them here before. So I broke out the drill and started to search. I went the obvious direction first, shallow... drilled deep into a cabbage bed... nada thing there. Drilled out some bullrushes, nothing there yet either. So deeper I went, got a series popped right on the edge of the basin, 16-20ft of water. Bingo, this is where the bigger fish had gone it took a ton of moving to stay on the nicer fish today. They were cruising the break in small pods and moving fast, while the smaller fish opted to pretty much stay in the same area. Best bait was a 4mm J and S custom gold disco ball head with a purple Impulse mayfly. The little larger head was needed to get my bait back down as quick as possible. I tried a few other baits today, but kept coming back to the gold/purple combo. I measured 24-26inches of ice yet. The top couple inches are soft, but the rest is still rock hard. Some North facing shorelines and access points are starting to show a little effects from the sun and run off. At this rate we should still have fishable ice well into next week localy.
  40. 3 points
    Ice out might be a while, not gonna keep me from my favorite summer past time!!!
  41. 3 points
    they ate great. The neighbor lady was so excited to have fresh fish I gave her 6 filets. I ran 6 filets down to my grandma. Well the rest were fried up in beer batter.
  42. 3 points
    NO FEAR ~~~ Always be prepared. Totally cool 2nd rig just for these type springs...an ready for it all. Big Smiles! T
  43. 3 points
    You just need to catch fish faster to keep it open!
  44. 2 points
    To all you guys who’ve been keeping us posted, thank you. I’m an islander so I don’t have much hope for the opener, but I’ve been reading all the posts (read them year around), including entertaining posts on new gear, and, again, thanks for letting a lot of guys know what’s going on there. The current weather, forecast and web cams, give me hope! I’m thinking I may get back home in three weeks, maybe four. Keep the sun shining, Dick
  45. 2 points
    Not the river I'm fishing only thing required is hip boots or waders. And if they can find me in the backwoods more power two them
  46. 2 points
    Not sure about the previous post. Rainy river access is difficult due to refreezing of areas around the accesses. Lots of issues with frozen motors and difficulty getting in and out of the water. Was on the river twice and not going back until the weather warms up. Not sure on the ice fishing but do know there are many places with over 50 inches. Give the river some time. With the forecasted cold temps for at least a week the river might be a bust this year.
  47. 2 points
    Hit a spot with Jeff and Chris this morning to look for some action. Lotta smalls were on the bite this morning. Wanted to check out the new fuel on the nills and it worked dandy. Had a nice bass fight that was fun. Might be a week till next time out for me.
  48. 2 points
    I remember spring 2013 well. This pic from May 4th is from a retreat we had at Lake Beauty Bible camp. Most years we can canoe or take a boat out to chase some sunnies but not 2013. I am gonna guess this year will be close to the same. We will see.
  49. 2 points
    Crappie time
  50. 2 points
    Sorry for the delay, I've been in Iowa for work for the past three days and came into a bigger mess than your brother in law using your bait caster! I was only able to fish on Saturday due to work. Weather had most of my friends hesitant on going out but three of us went out chasing tuilibee. I rarely ever release a lake I'm fishing due to protecting that lake from all the people who internet fish BUT I will be changing it on this post. I fished Loon Lake by Vergas on Saturday morning. We walked out from shore on the north side since the narrows by the culvert are sketchy most of the year. We got onto the lake by 6:30/45 and it was perfect conditions. NO Wind! 28 degrees. Half inch of snow on the ground. Felt amazing! Fish were INSTANTLY Biting! It was awesome! I easily caught over 20 fish, sadly lost an EASY dozen at the top of the hole! It was a BLAST! We ended up keeping 41 nice sized tuilibee all before 11 am. We butterfly the tullibee to all the brine to get into the meat more and this is where we started having issues. Of the 41 tuilibee I cleaned and yes I cleaned every single one because I was raised to not waste a fish, I was only able to salvage 12 fish. 29 of the 41 fish had a round worm/tape worm thing in the meat. I'm not talking those dark black specks I mean 3" worms in pockets throughout the fish. Some would only have one pocket but some would have 6-10 pockets and the pockets would have a ton of worms in them. If you are looking for catch and release head out there have fun but if your looking to weed through 70% of your fish like we did go ahead keep them but it's a waste. I've fished Loon Lake and Rose Lake and both have worms in them! Did we happen to get bad fish and you could go out and not get them sure...but do you butterfly your fish and inspect every single one? Or do you notice the worms as you go to grab a bite of smoked fish? I'm not running the risk of keeping a fish that has worms. If I go back to either lake I'll be doing catch and release only. Sorry for being the Debbie Downer but just sucks. We were soo excited because they were 41 15-17" tuilibees and only able to keep 12 of them.
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