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    eyeguy 54

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders


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    monstermoose78

    Official Fishing Report Team - MN


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    Rick G

    'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders


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    Cliff Wagenbach

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  1. 16 points
    A buddy of mine pan fishing on an west metro lake last week.
  2. 15 points
    Cliff's point about the spawn are true, more Walleyes spawn out in the basin and in other locations on the lake than in Pike bay which represents about 5% of the total eastern basin spawn. That means that all of the spawning Walleyes on the west end are unaffected by the hatchery on Pike bay. Years of over fishing and stocking freezers has had more effect on Walleyes on the west end than the Pike river hatchery has. The DNR test nets in the fall showed Walleye on Lake Vermilion are well over the state average on both ends of the lake and the numbers have improved on the west end over the last few years. So don't blame the DNR if you are struggling to catch Walleyes. Stop fishing your memories and try something new, either location or presentation, because the fish are there. I have been fishing Vermilion for almost 50 years now and in my humble opinion the Walleye fishing has never been better than it is right now. Ad to that a world class Muskie fishery, giant Pike, excellent Bass fishing (Both species) jumbo Perch, panfish and the shear Beauty of Lake Vermilion. What is there to complain about? Count your blessing Vermilion anglers because it doesn't get any better than this. JMHO.
  3. 15 points
    Last week while visiting friends in Ireland I had the pleasure of fishing for pike on the Middle River with a friend of my host & friend Cirian. Beautiful hand made wooden boat and a real pleasure to fish out of! This is my once-in-a-lifetime (fishing before the opener) opportunity! We caught and released 12 pike that weighed from 4lbs. to 12lbs. Cliff
  4. 15 points
    I went out from McKinley this evening. I found a solid 4 inches of ice all the way out to where I fished! Fished from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. in 16 f.o.w.. Iced 7 walleyes and lost at least that many more. Kept my limit of 13" to 16" fish. Very steady bite! Used 1/4 oz. Rattle Spoons in perch/white glow and gold with a shiner head on them and also a dead stick with a shiner. Both presentations worked about equally well. Good to be back on the ice again! Cliff
  5. 13 points
    My buddy and I headed up to Mille Lacs lake on Saturday for some late season Pike on Tip-ups. We were setup in 9ft of water and were using 8-10" sucker minnows. Only iced 2 pike but one was an absolute Tanker! Didn't get a measurement but she was definitely eating good! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/CZhuYbVZuis
  6. 11 points
    After reading plenty of reviews this winter as well as plenty from the past ice seasons I made an uneasy decision to finally buy an Ion. I picked up an 8" Ion w/reverse, not an Ion X. As you all know, these days there are quite a few options out there when it comes to drilling through the ice with something battery powered. Which one to buy depends on which way you fish, or which way you plan to fish. I chose the Ion because I got a pretty good deal on it, and because the store I bought it from didn't have a 6" K-drill (My original top choice) I walked out the door with an Ion box on my shoulder with $400 less in my pocket. Which was cheaper than $500+ I would have spent on a K-drill, and a quality drill which is required if you plan on not burning through cheaper drills. Yeah it wasn't my first choice but I now feel I made the right choice. I can see how guys would favor a K-rill, Clam's Auger Conversion Kit, Nils, or whatever else there is to attach to a cordless hammer drill. Lots of folks have these high end drills laying around collecting dust so why not use them to drill through the ice? I don't have the luxury of being a contractor and having high end drills laying around. Another reason to be happy about my purchase. Now let's get to the performance, it's definitely not the fastest auger on the market, let's get that out there right away. I'd say it's comparable to a 10" Strikemaster chipper set up, speed wise. This auger cuts through the ice with ease though, right through the bottom of the hole. There is no slow down or hang up at the bottom of the ice, it cuts right through with ease. I've drilled 28 holes through 26" of ice before it dropped in power on Lake Winnibigosh while chasing tullibees. That's plenty of holes for me, I can even keep the charger in the vehicle hooked up to an inverter and have non stop charging capabilities. It also re-opens holes with ease, pretty darn slick. The weight compared to any other auger I've owned is noteworthy, at 22lbs it's easy to lug around the lake. It's even easy for my girlfriend to drill a line of holes which is a huge plus! Bottom line is that through all of the hype, the Ion has lived up to its expectations. Sometimes it's tough to separate the hype from the truth, especially in today's in your face marketing schemes. I'd make the purchase again, I'm more than pleased with the ol' green cutting machine.
  7. 11 points
    fun time and a nice show up. good to meet some new folks and enjoyed the gummy bear brats. (no bears were harmed in the making of these brats @Rick G ) thx for letting me reel one in on that fancy rod.
  8. 11 points
  9. 11 points
    I may get a big ration of doodoo for this post, but here goes. As a business owner (not food related) I guess I'm a bit confused by all of these negative posts. The new owners (remember, they invested their money in the place) have evidently decided on a business model that they feel will work for them to be profitable. I don't know them, don't know what their background or experience is, and it really doesn't matter. It's their business, so they get to do with it whatever they choose. If their model doesn't work, it stands to reason that they'll change their model, but that is entirely up to them. There's likely a reason that the ownership of The Landing has changed several times in the last decade. Trying to drive these owners out of business won't bring back 1980's priced cheap food and drink. There are lots of places in many towns and cities that I choose not to eat at or visit because I don't want to pay the prices they charge. But I don't go on the Internet and demean the owners and their places of business because I choose not to buy from them. I'm a few times a year visitor to The Landing, and it is generally for lunch off the lake. If I thought it was too expensive I simply wouldn't go back. Vote with your dollars, not your posts on this forum. Get a Trip Advisor or Yelp account and post a review if it's that important for you to vent. The alternative for all of you of course, is that if anyone else has a model where they can charge half as much and still make a profit (not likely), well maybe that person ought to buy The Landing and give us all cheap food and drink. We'll line up at the dock for you. It's the old "put your money where your mouth is" adage. The fact is, most of the old favorite local establishments you talk about have been in the same family for years or generations, and the owners make a living because of low overhead. Someone investing in a new venture has lots to pay for, and as you all know, owning anything on a lake, and especially on Vermilion in Greenwood Township, is not a low-cost endeavor. Let's support those who choose to invest in these expensive pieces of real estate on our lake (or at least not disparage them in these posts), and help them to keep them open. Time to forget about getting $1 tap beers and $2.50 hamburgers, when the owners have to pay 2017 overhead costs. Guys, the 80's want their lunch tab back.
  10. 11 points
    I'm reaching out to find the owners of some fishing gear. I'm sure they were sickened to find their gear was missing when the got home or to the lake. To hopefully cut down on false claims, all I will say is I found it yesterday afternoon. Contact me with the details of gear and location where lost I've also posted on Facebook. Please spread the word please!
  11. 11 points
    My 93 year old father pulled the trigger on this doe, and a short time later, I was able to take this young 8 pointer. We shared a ground blind, so we were able to witness each other's success. A treasured moment for us both.
  12. 10 points
    Heck of a day today. 10:30 to 1:30 only 2 crappies and I almost left. decided to hang in there and try a couple spots close by. 1:45 to 3:30 it was game on time! 1 nice 9 inch gill and close to 40 crappies. The size was dandy. Many 10 1/2 to 11 3/4 inchers and hit 12 twice. Best crappie bite I have ever had in the yak. All released.
  13. 10 points
    Moose and I got the chance to get out on the ice last weekend, for what very well maybe the last trip of the 2016-2017 ice season. We laid the smackdown on some nice keeper size gills, Moose got into a couple decent crappies on plastics and I caught my Personal Best bass (through the ice) to cap the day off!! Hope you enjoy
  14. 10 points
    Took my daughter ice fishing with Eye Guy!! He's not kidding ... you catch woppers!!
  15. 10 points
    I really did a stupid job measuring the Sauger....It was so big I just got goofy....Sorry
  16. 10 points
    Tough day today. Sight fished holes in the weeds. Saw some very very nice fish. Could only get one of them to bite
  17. 10 points
    Hit a tiny little lake that holds a few giants. Took all day to find them. Only got a couple, but all huge...all released 20161229_102741.mp4
  18. 10 points
    Well we did not kill em today but we managed a few bites. My son had a blast. Beautiful day on the lake to run around with the sled.
  19. 10 points
    2 does came in I watched them for awhile then this guy pops out had no real good shot then one of the does ran off and he turned to go run off with her giving me the best shot scenario for where he was facing me at a little angle. Whacked him with a slug to the chest to the lung went about 30 yards. Took the doe in the back of the pictures as well broad side shot nailed her in the pump room she jumped in the air and took off into an open field i watch her through my scope she got to the middle of the field then dropped hard.
  20. 9 points
    Looks like eyeguy the first on FM to reach 1000 likes... Good job , bud!
  21. 9 points
    Got into the WHOPPERS today ! ! ! ! ! !
  22. 9 points
    I read on every forum how LOTW and Red you can't catch fish and we are all worried about the status of the lake. I think people's perception's have really changed as well as expectations have gone through the roof for some guys. Fishing is still fishing and if you hit the weather wrong it could be a bust. We all expect so much now. We have all these forums and TV's shows that make it seem so easy and we should have 100 fish day's. I think fishing is as good today but we expect more. Guys complain about only catching 20-25. 20-25 is not a bad day, that is decent action. We all live in a now world and can get whatever we want delivered to us in 1 day, immediate updates on news, weather, sports. We all also have 1000 times more money invested into all our crap than our dad's did so we expect to be better. Just remember the fishing industry is 1 big marketing game, I wont use names as to not offend sponsors but if you buy product X and it is a good product that lasts they need to come out with x.1 that is "better" or else there is no need for you to buy a new one and they dont sell anything. At the end of the day we are all chasing a mindless creature that has 2 goals in life, eat and reproduce and that is it. They dont care you are using the dingle danger 5000 to try to catch them nor are they smart enough to bite on your line vs your buddies lines who has a 30 year old lure on it. Also remember when you fished with your dad in the old days you would have never even caught 25 in day, you would have caught your limit of 12 and headed in, meat on the table was what it was about, who fished for fun?
  23. 9 points
    Finally made my (our) first real effort at ice fishing for the season. The family made the trip to the beautiful Leech lake. We started around noon Friday. After a short search for "the" spot we lowered the house and got settled in. We chose a in 20-21 ft of water over hard bottom. Daytime activity was very limited. Friday we managed 1 walleye 20", 4 small perch 6-8" and 2 northerns 23" & 24". The first fish was the 24, and boy did he give us a welcome. Isaacs rattle reel sounds, he get ready, everyones attention is on him, sets the hook, and in short order fish comes unbuttoned. We turn around to realise my daughters rod is now sinking to the depths of leech Lake! At the same moment, the rattle reel next to her goes. I am near so i grab the line and set the hook, fish on. Quickly, it feels as though the fish got off. Then i feel weight, no fight though. I pull a little more line and low and behold i somehow have snaged Abbys rod. Up the hole it comes, Amanda grabs the rod, a well, there is a fish hooked, Amanda finishes of the cluster that is OUR first fish. After we struggled mightily! After another northern and a few small perch, 5 o'clock rolled in, and our targets began to bite. Over the next 2 1/2 hours we managed to miss 4 quality eye at the bottom of the hole and lost 2 more half way up, while my Isaac pulled 1 through the hole! Saturday started much the same. Isaac and i awake at 5am and begin fishing. By 6:30 i had already managed to miss 2 walleye at the hole and Isaac 1 on the way up! Right around 7 I managed to hook a mark I had been battling for quite some time. Turned out to be a 15" tullibee, that was lucky to get away from something. The rest of the day was very slow! 2 perch, and Amanda missed one walleye at the hole at high noon. 4:30 arrived and so did the walleyes, for a short time. I lost one large walleye at the hole after she got wrapped in other lines. Isaac and i each caught a 20 3/4" and a 21 1/4" minutes apart. We fished till 8pm without another bite. The trip was really quite the success, recently, unless it is hockey related, we dont spend this kind of quality on yhe weekends. It was fantastic! Again, I would like to thank @DrJuice1980 for his help and tips that helped make this trip happen. Very generous of you. Hopefully we got our hookset practice in now. Looking forward to getting out more sometime soon, hopefully. Thanks for reading.
  24. 9 points
    While you guys were busy on here, I was busy on the lake
  25. 9 points
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