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  1. Interesting about the leader coming out of the stomach area. I have a similar story that happened years ago. But this is about a tropical fish(an ell) when I was in the tropical fish business. I never forgot it and thought only a swallowed hook might desolve(if the fish was lucky). But I had an eye opening experience that stuck with me. Since this is about a tropical species(and a ell) some may not be interested but here it goes anyways. So I received about a 10” black leopard ell and it was doing well. They come from Asia and have no scales. After I had it about a week or so, I noticed a bump, about the size of a pin head, on it’s side. I thought maybe it was a tumor or cyst but there was nothing I could do. After several weeks the bump got a little bigger and looked like it was coming to a head. Then it be started to look a bit shinny/silvery. I never saw anything like it and it didn’t seem to bother the ell. After another week, the spot was definitely shinny and was coming out of the skin with no sign of infection, just this odd shinny spot and it still didn’t bother the ell. I decided to catch the ell and get it in a net and then hold it with a damp towel and see that the heck it was. I finally got a hold of it with the towel so the silvery spot was visible. I touched the spot with my finger and it was sharp and hard! I took my pliers on my Leatherman and grabbed it and pulled carefully. Out came a very small hook and a 4” length of mono! The hook didn’t have an eye but was hammered flat and the mono tied to it. The ell healed up as it nothing had happened. So this ell was caught with a hook and line and the ell swallowed the bait and the fishermen cut the line and kept it to be sold.
    5 points
  2. same here gimruis, i've caught fish that must have been caught previously that one wonders how they survived???? they got them red thingys hanging out the side of there gills ripped out. not to mention some of those battle wounds you see on there sides, from previous encounters with bigger fish or from spawning!!!!!!! i spear in the winter, i hardly ever lose a fish, but i've seen pike with spear marks that survive, i've cleaned pike you could see old spear marks. its amazing, as long as it didnt wreck a vital organ. fish are pretty tough critters. only time i get really concerned is fish coming out of deep water. i very rarely fish deep water during the summer months for that reason. i've fished Manitoba a few times, barbed hooks are a no-no, and i dont remember ever having fish get off because of it. i've often though of bending all my barbs for easier hook removal but never did yet.......maybe this year!!!!!! besides it might be easier to remove it from your body too!!!!!!!!
    5 points
  3. Finding most of my better late January fish out deeper than I was earlier this month. With the snow cover and thicker ice we have on most of our area lakes, a lot of the shallow green weeds are starting to die off or already have died off. With conditions getting tough in the shallows on some lakes, this will push the fish a bit deeper looking for food and more comfortable habitat. Tricked this beauty and a few of his buddies into biting today.
    4 points
  4. My buddy has an ex-wife who's name started with an L but was too hard for me to pronouce (I was lazy) so I just called her "Ell." Reading in the story above that this thing had something sharp coming out of its inside, led me to believe this was about his ex-wife but now I'm not so sure...
    4 points
  5. We were back out to the pothole last night. Much more pleasant and a barometer in the 29’s. In my classic fashion I left the fishy area looking for “other” if not better but didn’t find it. It was pretty well into the bite window when I got back to the sweet spot and it was game on again for a brief period just at dark. Then the same lazy, lock jaw behavior as the night before. At about 7pm there was another flurry and my friend hooked into what he called his biggest pike ever. He figures it was a 40 but it broke off IN the hole and slipped away. He was confident it was bigger than his 36 he caught last year. I believe him, he’s a good fisherman that’s always been accurate in his size reporting. My wife and I are loaded up and heading to either Winnie or Bowstring tomorrow, probably Bowstring for the first time ever. Try something new. The bite has been as up and down as the weather systems moving through so I’m not expecting too much glory! I was able to get some ultra light rippin raps when I picked up minnows at Da Fishin’ Hole. Whew, now I can sleep! The minnows are getting picked over, especially the shiners so I took a couple dozen of “all sorts”. It looks like a great mix of sizes in shiners, suckers, chubs, red tails, dace and maybe a couple more I haven’t identified yet. Actually I couldn’t be happier with what’s in the bucket. Batteries recharged - Let’s go!!!!!
    4 points
  6. Tried a shallow pothole lake today that didn’t have slush!!! For real! Landed on some bass before I found the crappies. Caught 3 before the last one broke my line and made off with my micro rippin rap. Dang! Hope I can find another one. I’ve been leaning on that bait for scouting. Fish like to look at it and bump it but not usually hook up unless it’s eelpout, pike and now bass. All I’ve needed was for them to show themselves and maybe hit the closest set line. Those are good eaters in the winter. Found the crappies and had a good bite going just before dark and then they got lock jaw. 30.24 barometer didn’t help and hole hopping at 15 below just isn’t as fun as it used to be so I loaded up. To be continued another day.
    4 points
  7. I recently watched a video of a guy from Bemidji State who did a study tracking burbot. In late winter they came up on <11' deep shelves (often as shallow as 1.5') and were very aggressive. They had video of a writhing ball of nearly a dozen swarming baits being banged of the bottom. Banging heavy, annoying baits along steep brakes to deep water and on these shallower shelves in late winter was my takeaway. Hoping to give it a try as we get into March.
    4 points
  8. In roughly 50 years of fishing I have only caught one on open water. Dragging crawlers on a sharp break on Rainy Lake and had swing out over 60 feet of water to turn back onto the break and got one. It did give me a solid lock on the multi species leg of our fishing contest!
    4 points
  9. Burbot are the only fish in MN that spawns under the ice during winter. So they move in shallower during the winter to feed and spawn. Then move out to 50-60' feet deep in the summer and are pretty much inactive until it's time to have fun again in the winter. So since most folks don't fish lakes in 50-60' feet during the summer. They don't catch them.
    4 points
  10. Welcome to the Vermilion forum Curtisa1. The walleye population in the west basin use to be much lower than the east end, and heavily tilted toward very large fish. That has changed over the recent years and I think the west population is nearly equal to the east end now. I suspect that most people fish on the east end because of tradition, and the easy lake access from McKinley Park. Maybe some people are not aware that the west end population has improved significantly. Late in the winter fishing season I like to fish deeper (25-30 fow). The bite has been fairly consistent (but also fairly slow) throughout the daylight hours. Interestingly I have caught very few fish in the first 1-2 hours of daylight. Several days the bite has been very good between 330-430. Vermilion is not known for a good night bite, but this year people have been picking up a few walleyes throughout the night. Other anglers may have different experiences but this is what I know. Good luck.
    3 points
  11. surprising there is not a citation to give a violator other than a littering ticket!! There should be hefty fines for dumping human waste into a public waterway!
    3 points
  12. i remember that story.......some private guy took his airboat out i believe and he made 6 trips out at 200 bucks a trip to retrieve all there gear!!!!
    3 points
  13. Yeah, I’ve fished Chequamegon Bay a few times. Never did very well over there. Superior will have to freeze a whole lot more before I venture out there. I’ve only ice fished out of Duluth once before, and that was 3 years ago when over 80% of the lake was frozen over. It was pretty cool! I remember marking lots of lake trout. Also caught my personal best brown trout.
    3 points
  14. Few people were out fishing today. Reports I saw said the ice was up to 5 inches thick, and making lots of noise! Saw a few fish pics too, some cohos and lakers. Sounds like the wind is going to shift tonight though, so all ice could very well be gone tomorrow keeping my fingers crossed that the ice field keeps expanding and getting thicker!
    3 points
  15. not much happening on the lake this winter the slush is that bad. only ones out have walked pulling portables. snowmobile is the only travel, and that gets a bit iffy in some areas, no stopping, and plenty of horsepower to get through some areas.
    3 points
  16. Not much. I set the house on the edge of some but it seems the slush is just under the drifts. It’s all hard packed out here. Maybe a foot of snow in the drifts. The wife had epic calamity while I was out drilling in the basin. She had a pike rush and wound up on the losing end of a “whale” that got into her rattle reel and… her favorite rod! I got a text: Now ISO new favorite rod.
    2 points
  17. Bowstring. All new turf for us. Don’t even know what colors work best out here so starting from scratch. It’s clear water though we’re starting with the standards. Didn’t get a lot of advice at the resort but they had a couple other things going on so kinda distracted I guess. 2 more snot rockets at pizza time.
    2 points
  18. I cleaned Lucky Seven out of rainbows and most of the fatheads. The guy didn't know when they were getting the next delivery. I start with a plain orange hook on my set line and jigging raps of various colors on another line. When I use jigs, I always start with chartreuse.
    2 points
  19. Yah, I warned the wife…. Been following Geiger’s and they’re either the most active resort on the lake or just promoting the most. Been curious about Bowstring for a couple years. Sounds like maybe less fish than Winnie but a little better size. I dunno, we’ll see. Based on the weather the bite might not come on till Sunday.
    2 points
  20. Dang wanderer... That's getting darn close to my neighborhood. Looks to me based on the webcams up there that Geiger's has the best and maybe only road system on bowstring. I look at there cam as well as bowstring shores often. The other one is Williams narrows. Go gettem!!
    2 points
  21. Cool story! FWIW, the only hooks that fish can dissolve are bronze hooks - the “old fashioned” kind. The newer hooks like most of us are using don’t dissolve.
    2 points
  22. It’s just appalling. Never seen anyone dump their tanks myself but I’ve done lake clean ups and found all the other junk like waste bags and dirty diapers. If you’re so special, your poop probably has above market resale value. Take it with you! If you’re not so special, nobody else wants it either. Take it with you!
    2 points
  23. it is truly amazing what these fish can survive. long time ago and i dont know why i remember this but i do, we got to know and old guy that lived close to the cabin. got to know him good enough we left him the keys and would call him when we where going up in the winter to start our 2 burner fuel oil stove at the time. anyway he was quite the story teller.......one wondered how much you could actually believe, but he told us he was spearing on the lake the cabin is on. telling us he had seen about an 8lb pike with a leader coming out of the side of this fish.....he didnt spear it. well after some time about a 100 yards from where he had set up, someone in our group did in fact spear that fish. that leader was literally coming out the side of this fish in the area of where the stomach was!!!!
    2 points
  24. I'm confident that almost every big muskie, bass, and walleye I release alive swims away and survives. Even ones that are deep hooked. I have the ability to remove the hook very quickly and get it back into the water. Do some of them die? Perhaps. But I know for a fact that if I kept it, it would 100% die. Having the right tools and the ability to do it quickly and efficiently makes a big difference, especially in the warm summer months. Also, I rarely use live bait anymore and live bait has been proven to cause a higher mortality rate.
    2 points
  25. Each lake is different based on the genetics and growth rate. I would never consider keeping a walleye over the top end of a slot to eat. They taste like mud. Years ago, I might consider keeping one to get a skin mount. My mindset on that has now changed too because I had a tiger muskie replica made last year that looks freaking awesome. Unless the fish dies, I'll never get a skin mount again when I can release the fish alive, regardless of species. A replica does cost a little more but it last a lot longer and never needs any refurbishing. The satisfaction I get knowing a large fish was released alive so that someone else can potentially catch is very important to me. The restricted slot on each lake is intended to protect the prime female spawning fish. Their lifecycle is like a bell curve and they reach their peak spawning rate at a certain age. The fish over the protected slot may still be spawning, but they are not at their peak anymore.
    2 points
  26. I've always understood the upper slot exemption for walleye to be intended for trophies. I'm with JerkinLips about upping the slot to 28 or even 30" specifically on Vermilion. If we are talking trophies, a 27" walleye (which is my PB) is not a trophy. It is just a really nice walleye. Trophy is different for everyone but I think that on a lake such as Vermilion, there could be a consensus on what defines a trophy. The DNR could definitely contribute some information about how the big girls spawn at those bigger lengths. If they say that after 26" they really don't contribute too much to the spawn....then I guess I would be fine leaving it where it is.
    2 points
  27. I was surprised too. I’ve assumed anyway the large milky white sack instead of roe was an indicator. Like when you clean perch the males and females are obvious. Some of the 15 inch walleyes had some roe in them.
    2 points
  28. I bet a much larger % of fish kept over 26" end up on the table rather than the wall. I would personally like to see the upper slot changed to 28". 25" male walleye? I didn't know the males got that large. Guess I will have to check their gender from now on just for information. The picture I posted was a picture of a picture developed from a negative 9 years ago. Reason for the poor photo quality.
    2 points
  29. My worst was on Burntside in Ely. Breaking trail across the lake, overloaded, big deep slush field. Took half the day for three of us to get out of it. Water deep enough everyone’s boots were soaked except my tall insulated rubber boots. Sleds froze up and had to chisel out the tunnels to move again. One person in the party became ill and didn’t go out the second day. Thought it was because he got so chilled. He went to the Dr after the trip and found out he actually had a heart condition. Could’ve lost him that day. That’s my big reason I won’t expect anyone to help beyond what they’re comfortable with. Some friends are still gung ho but others will say no. I’m fine either way. I’ve got enough equipment and enough experience now that I’ll figure it out - if I’m willing to. Yesterday in that wind and alone; not so much.
    2 points
  30. Tried scouting out another lake today. When I arrived at the access in a ground blizzard there was an older couple stuck in the snow off to the side. I parked and unhooked my trailer to help and then proceeded to get stuck myself in the sugary snow under the crust. The couple’s neighbor came off the ice about then and pulled them out And helped me. I was ready to drag my gear onto the lake but decided to take a dry run with the wheeler first. I stayed on top of the crust until I hit the area I wanted to fish then immediately sank. Backed out of the slush OK but figured I’d bug out and try the basin. The wind chill was a killer heading back to the access. Hopped in my truck for a couple minutes when another guy in an F250 with a plow came to the access and got stuck also. I helped him out but it was crazy how much our trucks had to work to get him out of there. I took the hint, loaded up and headed for home. Maybe I’ll try again tomorrow. Why? Well I just don’t know if I have a good answer for that.
    2 points
  31. I've been just using a plain red #4 Gatsuma hook on a 3 foot fluorocarbon leader this winter. Pike suckers are another option for live bait if you can't find chubs or rainbows. Not a good sign for my trip up next week. Wonder why it is so difficult to find bait up there this winter. Seems like a lot more people are ice fishing this year. Guess I will have to check all 3 bait stores starting at Lucky Seven. Hope I don't have to drive to Ely.
    1 point
  32. only been set up an hour! High standards! 2 perch and 1 pike so far though. All small but some action anyway. Once this pizza is done I’m going looking for crappies.
    1 point
  33. Do female walleyes stop spawning at a certain age/size? I am wondering if the 26" upper slot limit was picked to allow people to mount a "trophy", or keep a very large walleye for consumption. I have never had a fish mounted, and would probably consider having a replica made if I catch a walleye over 31". I have only kept one walleye over 26" (a 28" fish caught in 2013 winter that would not have survived if released), and that fish was not very good to eat. Maybe it was at the end of its life.
    1 point
  34. i dont see no fish pictures yet............
    1 point
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  36. Haha. This seems to occur just about every winter. I thought I remember it already happening this winter. Bunch of morons get stranded on an ice sheet that floated away. All their gear is stuck out there too and they have to come up with a way to get it back on their own.
    1 point
  37. I may give it a try mid-late Feb. Want to see how many folks float over to Wisconsin first!
    1 point
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  39. well someone has to pack that slush down with a snowmobile so it freezes...might as well be you!!!!!!!!
    1 point
  40. Dang, all the slush reports from all over is making it hard to decide on trying fishing, or just go snowmobiling?
    1 point
  41. A couple of us fished LOW last winter. Fun time but it was 70/30 saugers to walleyes and I think that I caught the biggest at 22 inches. The kid that drove the bomber across the lake said it was the biggest he had seen that week, so I guess that means nobody was catching whoppers. Good luck fishing. It was still a lot of fun.
    1 point
  42. So pretty much your time spent typing this was a total waste! Thanks.
    1 point
  43. as you age you'll start thinking like me. i was the same way once!!!!! what did me in was one year early ice we had a few people at the cabin. we knew we where going to deal with slush......but holy crap i didnt expect what we dealt with. it was cold so we made tracks with the snowmobile where we wanted to set up. basiclly lost a whole day fishing so those tracks would freeze up. it kinda worked. not far from where we had some tipup fishing i seen a spot not far away...it looked like an artesian well flowing.......... to say that was mt worse ever experience ice fishing is a total understatement!!!!
    1 point
  44. I’m still too stubborn to know better. Plus I just picked up a couple Digger Ice Angels to help bail myself out if I need to. I almost wanted to have to use them, but not really!
    1 point
  45. Haven’t been by it for about a month. Honestly though, I’d be shocked if the lake wasn’t slushed out like most everything else around here. Might be worth checking out the new Chow Mein place though?
    1 point
  46. This year has been a head scratcher and has me using the ION searching for fish but here’s what I have found so far. We are finding perch in normal walleye spots. We are finding walleyes in our normal crappie holes. Oh, and we cannot forget we are finding bluegills roaming in thirty feet of water suspended from 5 feet below the ice to bottom. Crappies…when I pattern them, I’ll give an update. This past weekend I went searching for crappies and hit multiple holes that I normally find them at and what I’m finding is 10-20 ice castles on top of each hole and in years past most holes I fished didn’t have a fish house. When I searched, we only found crappies in one hole, but the slush was six to eight inches deep and the crappies we did find were less than 8 inches long with a few bigger ones mixed in roaming around which didn’t make it worthwhile to stay. Adversity has been a common phrase in the last few years, so we decided to switch lakes to a lake I haven’t fished in over a month but figured we aren’t getting them where we currently are so what do we have to lose? Drilled one hole to check depth and we had over 12 feet of fish swimming below us. Last year when I fished this little lake 80-90% of your catch was crappies with a nice array of age classes so we got excited. After fishing for nearly 5 hours, we had caught two crappies out of a hundred plus fish. The blue gill bite was amazing and kept us active till we decided to call it a day. With that many fish down there, we were able to play with plastics and colors to answer that magical question ‘Does color make a difference?’ and I can honestly say some colors it didn’t matter and some it did. I have 24 colors to pick from in my Panfish Pirate Treasure Chest and my typical colors are white, green, and pink but we tried black, red, yellow, blue, and purple. The surprise for us was purple and we were really impressed with the performance of that color. What worked. Jigs 4 mm or 5 mm tungsten jigs depending on plastic being used in any glow color and FYI glow mattered. Soft plastic Zoid was our go to style with Ripper a close second and Bivy Bug taking up third but we didn’t fish it till the end of the day and we had better luck with the Bivy Bug with crappies. We started with bait either wax worms or Euro Larva to build confidence in the fishermen but after the confidence in using plastics the majority were caught strictly on soft plastics alone. We were in basins/flats off of mid lake shallow sunken islands and large shallow flats in 22-32 feet of water. Bluegills were in huge schools but if you came to a hole that had solo high marks, they were usually crappies but because the bluegills were so aggressive if you didn’t get the high mark your graph was now full of bluegills and they would push the crappies away so we would leave a hole full of fish trying to find solo marks knowing they were crappies. When fishing that deep a very sensitive, light tipped action, rod makes the difference. We were using the Tuned Up Custom Rods Precision Noodle and that rod tip allowed us to see the bite and see the negative bite (bit coming from beneath lifting the jig up) where a heavier action rod we would have missed most of the bites. Ice conditions were always changing on the bigger lakes with lots of vehicle traffic. People are driving 20-30 mph going across the ice and the wave action is causing stress fractures and causing roads to flood. Slush pockets are still forming even away from the crowds. So be careful if you are busting your own trail. Community holes are getting slushy because people are cramming in so tight to another fish house flooding the area. I arrived to ours on Friday night and a new house was so close to my tongue I couldn’t have hooked up to my fish house if I had wanted to move. Stay safe and enjoy the sport! Cody Hill CHill Guide Service www.chillguideservice.com Ice Fishing Minnesota
    1 point
  47. Great advice. Will have to try that next time I decide to keep an eelpout. I liked to let them freeze on the ice, then peel the skin off to avoid the slimy skin. I boiled them once in water but that stunk up the house and tasted like mush. May have been my cleaning/cooking methods. Then I boiled one in 7up/50% water and it was much better, but not good enough to want to do again. Will have to try your prep methods. That being said, I haven't caught many pout recently. Caught my first one this winter at 6pm Tuesday. The 18" pout swallowed the hook so I cut the line to safely release it. As a kid I use to throw them away on the ice not knowing better. I remember some guy coming to my fish house offering $1 for each eelpout on the ice. Don't know if it was even legal then to sell them but I was just a dumb kid at the time. Now I am just a dumb old guy being lawful.
    1 point
  48. Me and buddy took these in 2 hours . Little lake west of the metro. Threw away over 40 fish each. Had a blast
    1 point
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