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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
    2013 Lake Vermilion Walleye Opener
  4. 7 points
    This topic comes up again from time to time, and it's a good thing to be conservation-minded about this amazing fishery. Since this is an open forum, I'll share a few of my observations of this lake. Please keep in mind, I currently live 1 1/2 hrs south of the lake, and I've fished this lake for roughly 40 years of my life. I'm also a very conservation centered person, and I'd be the first in line to make personal sacrifices to see the long-term improvement of this lake, and it's surrounding wildlife. These are issues I find troubling. 1) Summer resort guided fishing pressure. Literally dozens and dozens of launches leave the resort docks every morning during the open water season, with hundreds of guests. These launches invariably return each day with coolers full of walleyes, day after day after day. Even though this harvest is closely regulated, I worry about the long-term impact this level of harvest might have on the fishery. 2) Sport fishing pressure during the Spring Spawning run up the Rainy River. Although the allowable harvest (daily bag limit 2/person) is very conservative, I still worry about the impact this catch and release fishing pressure has on the overall spawning pattern of these fish. Yes, there are millions of fish in the river, but there are also thousands of anglers catching and releasing these fish, many large spawning females, during a critical time in their reproductive cycle. I'd personally like to see them left alone during the spawn. It's not allowed on inland waters. I'm not sure why it's allowed on these border waters? 3) A body of water this size (and in consideration of the overall increase in sport fishing pressure) should have more Conservation Officers assigned to it's management. I'm not sure how many of you routinely read the CO reports from this lake, but each week the few officers we do have canvas large sections of the lake. There isn't a day that goes by when they don't find multiple people overharvesting fish, fishing without proper licensing, fishing with too many lines, or fishing with unattended lines. I believe the reason why this behavior is so common is because most people know it's unlikely they'll ever be checked by CO's while on the lake. I really think we'd see much less of this behavior if there were a few more CO's regularly assigned to enforcement on this lake. These are issues I'm pleased to see have been changed. 1) The overall harvest of shiner minnows during the fall run up the Rainy River. When this first really got going it was a "Silver Rush", and the harvest of minnows was out of control. Everyone was seeing dollar signs in their dreams. There's no way to quantify how many 5-gallon buckets full of minnows were lifted from the river each night, but it was a free-for-all, and there's little doubt it was having a negative impact on the forage base of the entire southern basin. In my opinion, it's likely one of the reasons why the Fall Walleye run up the Rainy River trickled down to darn near nothing for a few years. There were WAY fewer minnows going up the river. Since then, the MN DNR has implemented reasonably stringent regulations on the overall harvest of this incredibly important resource, and it's my humble opinion that this one single conservation agenda will greatly help to stabilize this whole ecosystem. 2) Commercial netting has either been eliminated altogether, or dramatically reduced and closely regulated across the entire expanse of this lake...including the Canadian side. 3) A much more conservative slot limit was placed on Northern Pike. I don't know how many of you were fishing this lake 25 years ago, but I was, and I distinctly recall watching people fishing pike in the spring and stacking them like cordwood on the ice. Again, a free-for-all. Large groups (6-12 people per group) tip-up fishing, and killing dozens and dozens of big spawning pike, day after day after day. Putting a stop to this has had a major impact on the number of trophy pike in the southern end of the lake. There's very few places in the WORLD where you can almost guarantee catching multiple trophy-sized pike in a single day of fishing! Additionally, a much more conservative slot limit was placed on walleyes, and their daily bag limit per person. It's truly astonishing how many 20-26 inch walleyes are now in this lake! It's these prime reproductive females that are the future of this fishery, and from a conservation standpoint protecting these fish is critical to generations of fish to come. Lake of the Woods is almost certainly the best walleye fishery in the world. You can go out there anywhere, and I mean ANYWHERE, drop a line and catch some fish. That's where this discussion needs to be put into perspective. Has there been a pretty dramatic increase in fishing pressure? Yes. But please keep in mind, particularly during the ice season, the vast majority of sport fishing pressure is confined to a pretty small portion of the lake, and according to the DNR creel counts, the largest percentage of angler harvest occurs during the winter months. When we're lined up on a fairly thin strip of ice on the southern shore of the lake it seems darn near impossible that ANY fish could go without being caught beneath the thousands of fish houses. But take a moment to look to the north. It's the north end of this lake that is it's saving grace. There are literally THOUSANDS of square miles of water out there that goes completely untouched by sport fishing every year. We can see, on a clear day, 30-35 miles north across the southern basin, but Lake of the Woods runs another couple hundred miles north of the southernmost islands (Oak, Garden, Big Island, etc.). It's connected on the Western shore to Lake Winnipeg and the Red River of the North by rivers. It's connected on the Southeastern shore to Rainy Lake and countless other bodies of water beyond, by the Rainy River. To say this body of water is huge is a gross understatement. One could spend a lifetime exploring this water and you wouldn't put a scratch in the tip of the iceberg! Many years ago (25-30 yrs?) I was talking with a couple CO's out on the lake while ice-fishing. I still do this today every time they come around. It's great to discuss their conservation ideas with the source. Anyway, we were talking about the overall impact that sport fishing has on the lake. One of these CO's told me this. "We could open up Lake of the Woods to UNLIMITED sport fishing, no limits, and it would have NO long term impact on the walleye population in this lake!" The other CO agreed. I'm not sure I agree entirely with this perspective, but knowing the lake as well as I do, I don't think these folks are too far off on their guess. This lake, including it's vast untapped water in Canada, and including all it's tributary rivers, bays, bogs, streams, and connecting waterways, is a fish producing factory! We are SO SPOILED by this lake! Where else can you go and actually think catching ONLY 15-20 fish is a pretty crummy day of fishing?!?! But again, in my humble opinion, it's NEVER wrong to be conservative with the natural resources we have in this great country. When you do all the studies, and evaluate all the populations, and complete all the mathematics, it still boils down to a finite number of living creatures for all of us to share. Taking care of these resources, and being good stewards of what we have is never the wrong thing to do. On a side note, I could certainly be wrong about a few of my personal observations. I'm not so foolish or prideful to say I'm always right about everything I say. These are just my observations, coupled with a love for this lake. I'll be the first to admit I may not have all my facts perfectly straight. I honestly miss topics of conversation like this one on this site. It's a good question, and a good post. For a few years there it looked like this website was rapidly spinning down the t-bowl. I'm happy to see it appears to be making a slow comeback!
  5. 6 points
    New personal best twice for the girlfriend yesterday, I helped catch our fresh Lenten dinner for todayLooks like I need to buy another FLX 28....Time to get out there, the fish are fired up
  6. 6 points
    I didn’t drive out yesterday afternoon but trucks were it was just the access that was pretty slushy. The lake was great for walking as well as the weather. Fish were biting good in about 7 feet of water. I like the later sunset much better for working in a little fishing at the end of the day.
  7. 6 points
    Hit a couple spots before finding some quality. The key was finding live green weeds close to a shallow flat. Color and size of baits also played a role in bringing the bigger fish topside once we located them. A 1.25 inch Impulse slugbug "pink" rigged on a 4mm Kenders glow uv was working best for me.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 4 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. 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. .
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 4 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 4 points
    My Father-In-Law has recently gotten into ice fishing but he hasn't targeted Panfish yet through the ice. With the goal of getting him on some big Bluegills we decided to get off the beaten trail to check out a brand new lake. We loaded up our sleds, hopped on the snowmobiles and put the miles on. With no contour or lake maps we searched for hours with no sign of a Bluegill. That all changed when we stumbled on a shallow and weedy flat. As soon as we got lines in the water the quality fish started showing up! It's always fun when a new lake pans out!
  19. 4 points
    Just want to feel the group out on how everyone feels about the pressure put on the lake during the winter and also the spring river fishing season. I think the pressure has exploded the past 5-8 years and am really concerned that the lake can handle it. I don't want this place to turn into another Mille Lacs. What does everyone think?
  20. 4 points
    Bite was tougher today but managed some very pretty fish. Trying to perfect getting pics with the cell phone and then editing them. I love crappie eyes and the color of some bluegills. My favorite fish on the planet.
  21. 4 points
    Got out with Rick G and we found some pretty fishies. Gotta love this time of the year.
  22. 4 points
    "Watch your own Bobber"
  23. 3 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!
  24. 3 points
    Fish will eat just about anything. Not only will they eat spam, but they will eat the can too! Enjoy the video!
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 3 points
    Ice out might be a while, not gonna keep me from my favorite summer past time!!!
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
    NO FEAR ~~~ Always be prepared. Totally cool 2nd rig just for these type springs...an ready for it all. Big Smiles! T
  30. 3 points
    You just need to catch fish faster to keep it open!
  31. 3 points
  32. 3 points
    Just remember guys, only one lake in the state has a harvest quota! It is the one in the "worst" shape. all our big lakes lakes including LOW track harvest but dont employ a quota. The biologists in these areas seem to have a nice grasp of the conditions of these lakes.
  33. 3 points
    Eat some smaller fish and let the beasts grow.
  34. 3 points
    Are there the same number of rules about building a boathouse as there are about a $2M house that requires clear cutting half an acre, a road to drive your golf cart down to the lake, and enough lights that you can see it from space?
  35. 3 points
    The exception is this year. Adrians plowed road went right to Knight and Bridges and there has to be close to 400 houses out there. Looks like the north side of pine at Christmas. That kind of pressure is not good for those reefs and area. As far as sportfishing never being able to damage the lake, and judging by your comments Sam, I think you agree, I don't want to take that chance. This lake not only provides enjoyment for everyone, it also provides employment for many hundreds of people and is the lifeblood of the county.
  36. 3 points
    Ice fishing has exploded to the point where one should worry about LOTW, Red, Mille Lacs, etc. Fortunatley, LOTW is massive. However, the north end of the US waters are getting hit harder and harder. It’s insane how many people are on the lake on weekends. The amount of pressure on any lake is a turn off to me personally. I’d rather catch less fish away from the crowds and it’s getting harder to get away. The slot is the key on this lake and so many. I do think the limits could come down or the slot tightened, but it doesn’t NEED to yet. No one cares about the sauger but they keep you and your flasher busy. 4 and 4 is a good number but maybe you go to 3 walleye and 5 sauger in the winter? Most buckets are filled with more sauger anyways. It’s amazing it keeps kicking them out.
  37. 3 points
    Made it out this weekend again with a bunch of friends on Saturday morning. Ice conditions at shore were great condition, ice driving around was just fine especially since I was only in 2wd. Fished a deep hole from 6:30 till 2 pm around Dent. Fish were active and everyone was able to land a few fish. Fish ranged from 12-16" with average being in that 14-15" range. Tons of people out there. Coming off the ice the access was no longer in great condition but was still very easy to get off the water. Fished over by perham in the afternoon for crappies hit a deep hole that usually holds good populations. Graphed a ton but only 3-6" crappies. Fished till graphs died, guess LX7's with a 9 amp hour rating wont run 12+ hours lol. Access on that lake was getting very sketchy to say the least. Everyone kept driving on good ice so the trails coming off the lake were sporadic at best. Lots of snow on the lake and lots of slush and flooded spots on the lake. We were throwing water with 4wd in the pickup locked in. Fished Sunday morning again, buddy I took is worse than most 5 year olds so it was an interesting morning. Got one around 7:15 right away. Was trying to set his rod up and graph and hooked one in the process he gave it too much slack and lost it. 5 minutes later he's fighting one and I can hear drag flying off so I thought I went too light of gear for him, he landed an 18.5" tuilibee! Biggest one of the weekend and ended up being his only fish. We fished the rest of the morning and ended up with about a dozen of them. Range was from 5" to 18.5" average being about 14" again. Access coming off was same condition but you drive through a "Beach" on shore and the beach is getting really dug out and soft. Unless we get tons of cold weather soon I might be done for driving on any access that gets hit by sunlight. Sun has tons of power and I got a nasty sunburn on Saturday while hole hoping!
  38. 2 points
    Fun day today with Rick and Joe. The 9 plus inchers were very playful today. Few crappies around but nothing big. Tried new jigs and combos for fun, Purple mayfly did a little better today than the pink slug bug. Back at it in the morning. Grillin time! gonna be nice out there.
  39. 2 points
    Moose is once again correct....
  40. 2 points
    I will try them with the Impulse "mayfly" This year yet and or my Maki Minnow still producing. Going to brave it out on a small lake later close to home. Thanks for sharing ... will be using small pug bug for jig ... Green black and a black may fly have been getting a few nice sunnies for me a few weeks back. (was warmer then)
  41. 2 points
    #31 gold was my best color this winter. probably had it on 75% of the time. 3 and 4 mm. #42 white glow 4mm with the red and black eyeball was a good one also for the crappies. so many colors, so little time. LOL I wish they had all the colors in 3mm.
  42. 2 points
    Bought a bunch of those Acme tungsten jigs myself at wallmart closeout great deal. I got mine for a buck a 2 pack They are marked 3 mm but they are bigger than that they are 4mm for sure. Still a great deal!
  43. 2 points
    Never had a problem with my scoop in a 6" holeGuess I'd consider buying a different scoop
  44. 2 points
    I remember 3 years ago when we were dodging icebergs in Big Bay on the opener Saturday! We could only get out as far as Birch Island from Pike Bay area! I saw a boat with 3 or 4 guys in it pulled up to the main ice flow and the guys sitting on the ice in lawn chairs! Cliff
  45. 2 points
    2 feet or so. hope to get north next week and drill drill drill.
  46. 2 points
    Crappie time
  47. 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.
  48. 2 points
    I absolutely love a 6 inch hole more holes per charge and a hardly ever lose a fish in the hole. I had a 8 inch and sold it. I panfish 99% of the time with some cats on the chain and at our get together almost everyone used a 6 inch hole. everyone got them up.
  49. 2 points
    powerbait wishbone
  50. 2 points
    My concern is that slots have turned out to to be a bad thing sometimes, mille lacs being the poster child.
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