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  1. Interesting posts about crowds or people. more people use lake nowadays n buying cabins n giant homes so they look for free info. Over the years this board has been a HINT type board for spots or how to fishy info. let people figure out on their own type stuff. then bout five years ago became a chest pounding or look at me type of forum. Tell all n show all. Silly but was predictable to see that more an more people would find you n fish by you in winter summer or fall. Easy n Free is the new way of fishn. No Whining about crowds now as will do ya no good. over zea
    11 points
  2. Cool everyone OK with my post an you GET IT! : ) Humor n honesty...it works. We all do it for what ever we do it for so I post only to share an have fun watchiing others smille. Enjoy thee posts n pic's just like a lil edge to the posts formy tatse so people learn rather than just seek n get n move on. Nothing gained nothing learned no memorys just a greasy plate. : ) Nice to see names I do not know . Not the norm on most old school fishn Grin n Grab info sites an this sight n crew is by far one of the very best for years now. Yeah, I dont get paid as I
    7 points
  3. Perfectly normal. Ice is a brittle solid but it is also extremely buoyant. It starts by freezing on the surface and then builds downward as more water freezes. When water freezes it expands its volume and this adds pressure due to both buoyancy and larger volume. That's why a plastic water bottle in the freezer will bulge after it's frozen. Since ice is very hard and brittle it doesn't bend easily so as the pressure from expansion and buoyancy increases, the ice eventually gives way and cracks. A lot of small cracking can actually be a good sound. It means the ice is getting thicker and it isn
    7 points
  4. A couple years ago, I was fishing a narrow gap between two islands and a jet ski comes flying between me and a shoreline- about 20' between my boat and the shoreline. I'll bet he wasn't 8' from shore and me, going wide open. He then goes on to buzz a houseboat. A little while later a warden checked us and I told him about it, he said "that's what big jigs are for"-scouts honor! It happened so fast, I didn't have time to think about it. I did tell a few choice words
    5 points
  5. Masks do work, but they are not fool proof; they only reduce the risk not eliminate it. Distancing the same, so the combination is exponentially better than nothing at all. DNR should be respectful of people they are checking they don't know who has underlying conditions or who is caring for someone with risk factors. Especially if they are going house to house they could turn into a spreader. I would not let an officer in my house without a mask but certainly would comply to check license and fish.
    4 points
  6. Well stated Tom. I have had people track me down both winter and summer. I know because they told me they saw me on the fishing forum. Not like I am a good angler, or that I am on the hottest spot for fishing on the lake. I just spend a lot of time wetting a line and sometimes have luck. Best option is to move if ya don't like being followed; I have not yet had somebody follow me from one spot to another. Love your Goldens. We have a golden/great peyrennes mix who looks like a golden except she has black fur (part black lab also). Stay healthy and enjoy life.
    4 points
  7. Naw, I didn’t. There wasn’t really much for hanging out inside. Rick was coaching everyone up the access today though. Had to tow some according to reports. We made it up fine. LOTS of small walleyes to go around but several people iced 20” plus fish. I lost one heavy fish at 5:30 this morning - pulled too hard after setting the hook; the line stretched and the fish didn’t move much. Pike showed up but most went back due to the slot. Perch were on the light side for keepers but kept things going. Most action was in 20-22 fow either on top of a bar or the top of the bre
    3 points
  8. Marcum is located here: 3943 Quebec Ave N, New Hope, MN 55427 I've owned 3 Marcums for 15+ years, all flashers. Both LX3s had an issue and both were fixed and no issues since. I live close enough so I brought them to their location. One of the LX3s is one I bought off of Craig's list. The guy was selling it cheap because it had an issue. It had the same issue as my other one so I knew what the fix would be. I bought it and dropped it off at Marcum to get fixed. Basically an almost new flasher for about 40% cost of new.
    3 points
  9. I like your new additions to the family there Tommy. That last one is clearly asking you why the hounds get to be inside, but she has to stay outside! Due to inflation, I think that you should charge $10 for autographs. Smiles are free.
    3 points
  10. Some of you guys might remember the sled I built for my Clam 6800. It has been working great except for a couple things so I thought I'd share a little in case others could benefit. If you recall, I used 1" PVC pipe to keep it light weight. PVC pipe can be brittle in the cold so be careful not to step on it. If I was to do it again, and I might, I would use at least 2" pipe to give it more durability and still maintain its light weight appeal. I would also make sure to use schedule 80 pipe rather than the thin walled schedule 40. I also used cross country skis. They h
    3 points
  11. It blows my mind how clueless boaters can be on this lake-guess you could say this about most lakes. When I'm out fishing, they'll cut between me and the shoreline when I'm only a hand full of yards from shore. A lot of them are fellow fisherman who should know better. I also have to mention the pleasure boaters who just wave at ya when they buzz you. 40,000 acres...have some courtesy! Before we bought our cabin, I used to fish the St. Louis river a lot and that was worse.
    3 points
  12. Thanks for the quick replies! That really answers my question very well between the two responses. I will now just start enjoying the chase of ice fishing for walleye, not that I didn’t before, but more like I do with musky fishing during the fall. Cherish the days where I do well and learn from the ones where I don’t catch any or very few. Really changed my mindset and I guess I was just a bit naive after that first trip to expect that result every time. Thanks guys!
    3 points
  13. Its fishing, that is not the norm, especially for walleyes-even on a lake like LOW. If 100 walleye/fish days are your expectation, then you are going to be disappointed 99% of the time. My adice: appreciate those good days, but don't expect them.
    3 points
  14. You’re exactly right. They have their maximum profits dialed in and to heck with incidental late demand when it comes to that stuff. This year has amplified that process. You couldn’t find any popular fishing line in stock in the Baxter store past opener. It wasn’t even good BY opener.
    2 points
  15. 12 inches and it’s game on for most. We do have great ice this year for what is there. Not saying it’s all good - everyone is taking their chances with it! I’m reasonably cautious and do my own ice checks but have been on less ice than I would’ve believed only a few years ago. Slow and easy... We were on Winnie over the weekend with a FB group my wife has been a member of, Hard Water Kampers (HWK). 153 wheelhouses checked into the event. Some 1 tons with plows and giant tandem axle houses down to more normal fare in a reserved area on the lake out of Highbanks Resor
    2 points
  16. Yeah, you may want to get a move on looking as houses are moving. Was in Fleet Farm BP this morning. Looks like a ghost town in their ice fishing area.
    2 points
  17. Hi D. ER vista. Dec. 27 n again on 29th. buzz around like I do not knowing what Moderation is - one day n one year after that hart ablation deal heart say up 125. No back down. Few hours make a call they saw come on in. I go down ER Wyoming an they hook me up say “TOMMY. Yer ok but we watch a bit then if no back off give ya a jump n you can head home..OK?” . “Coolimoolio. Let’s do it” ZAP n all good. Rest a bit head home! Arrive at 3 out at 6. so then on 29th. Same deal. Creepy. So call n bla bla bla. In at 4 —- ZAP out at 7 full check
    2 points
  18. Nice pictures, and good to hear from you again. What's with the hospital picture, that some new thing? I don't worry about people following me on the lake..... And I still have one of your riddle posts from long ago. Haven't figured it out yet....
    2 points
  19. Thanks for the response's, now if I can only find one on sale, for sale, SURE. LOL Sure do like the side doors, looks way handier than having to step over my holes to get out. The dog stepped in one of the hole's the other day so he might like the side doors too. LOL Jim
    2 points
  20. Hit my go to spot for some fish and the lake had a lot of people fishing the deep basin holes. Slush was not bad but once I got my grid drilled out it started to get a little slushy and 9-11 inches of ice. If you measured to the top of the snow you had 13 but that top 2 or 3 inches is snow and slush. The best bait was a maki mino on a 4 mm jig. Depth was 19-23 feet and away from the city that is forming. I ended up with 8 keeper crappies and released a 12.25 and 9 keeper bluegills 7.25-8 inches. Lost a nice walleye as it rolled and my 3 pound test was no match for those gills. I did stop some
    2 points
  21. Went there around 5am and got in to the row on the south side in about 10 ft. I got a couple smelt, my buddy got a 13" rainbow and a couple smelt. As usual, seemed to die down around 9am, so we moved out between 27-55' and got some more smelt, but couldn't locate a laker to target. Nice size smelt tho.
    2 points
  22. I have a Clam Voyager TCX thermo top. Even just having the thermo top was night and day for dripping as compared to my old plan Voyager.
    2 points
  23. Probably. Try charging it and monitor how quickly it comes to full charge. If it does it quickly it's another sign the battery is shot.
    2 points
  24. Yah, no kidding! Heading the Winnie this weekend. Wife signed us up for a GTG for a wheelhouse group. About 100 confirmed attendance. The most important thing I packed was the 4 wheeler!
    2 points
  25. Since y’all are weighing in. I don’t have a grand opinion either way on the youth season. Honestly for those I know, it seemed more important to the adults than the kids they took. I understand that’s not universal with all kids so I doubt I’ll stand against it even though I do prefer level playing fields for everyone as @gimruismentioned. Teaching kids to earn something is a life lesson in itself. Teal - I still see a good percentage of BWT on opener compared to other ducks so I know there’s still plenty that haven’t left. I’m more worried about the misidentified
    2 points
  26. I definitely appreciate your opinion and can see your point of view. Can I ask if you were as a youth able to participate in a youth hunt as I know relatively speaking it is fairly new. You are definitely right, hunting is not what it used to be. I myself don't even waterfowl hunting in MN anymore. Ironically speaking I grew up hunting a faimly farm. On bad years my family would attribute the poor numbers to me youth hunting but there were years where I hunted the youth opener and on the standard opener we had limits for 12 individuals, seeing this and reading data I do believe tha
    2 points
  27. I’d re-check the connections. I had a bad terminal on one of mine I couldn’t see the bad spot under the plastic insulator. Re-check the power connection on the back of the unit for tightness and the prongs in tact. If you have a meter and can ohm the power lead out, do that. If it comes down to having to open up the head, send it or take it in.
    2 points
  28. Just texted my buddy. He said there were 15 inches of ice and about 100 trucks. After the mild week we've had and the melting the past 3 days I would not drive out on the lake with a car/truck.
    2 points
  29. my suggestion is to look up Marcum and stop by and have them take a look. It has been a few years since I had to do this but when i had an issue with a Marcum product i drove to their shop (Bloomington area i believe) and they resolved my issue on the spot in a matter of minutes. Good Luck
    2 points
  30. A buddy was on Carson's last Sunday. He sent me pics of trucks and wheelhouses. He didn't say how much ice though. Use this info at your own risk.
    2 points
  31. Spent the weekend up finishing the boathouse on the east side of LV. I installed ~1,350 sq. ft. of knotty pine t&g while the kids fished on Saturday. Small waldos, burbot, a few nice jumbo perch, and of course tullibee. Good times!
    2 points
  32. I too oppose an early teal but would like to see bonus teal during the first 16 days like other states do. I think an early season would lead to a lot of other species being incidentally harvested. The reasoning for the split season was to lengthen the season as we are mandated by the federal flyaway for season days open. If we don't split, the southern zones, many would argue that hunt there until the bitter end would close well before freeze up and miss the best hunting. There is reason for the madness. I will also fight tooth and nail for a youth waterfowl weekend. I started hunt
    2 points
  33. that's when I cast the largest dare devil I have... helps out..
    2 points
  34. I’ve always experienced a pretty narrow bite windows out there - typical of heavily weeded lakes. 2 hours max around first light and last light. Never did over nights on that lake though. I’ve also caught walleye in just about every part of the lake with my biggest coming from Stubbs. My best water was more main lake structure on either the upper or lower main lakes; upper probably having the best average. Spring Park to the Narrows has tons of fishable water. I preferred points that extended beyond the weed line and would drill the whole area out from 10 - 30 fow w
    2 points
  35. Fishing was terrible again this weekend. It is getting ridiculous out there with people. I have never seen this many people out on the lake before. I have people driving snowmobiles, side by sides, and wheelers right next to my ice castle when they could easily go always away from it. People setting up 20-30 yards away from my house and other houses we have in our group. These people are on snowmobiles or four wheelers. If you know anything about fishing you would take advantage of being able to go anywhere you wanted on your sleds or wheelers and get away from the crowds. Had one guy on a fo
    2 points
  36. Made it up to lake of the woods yesterday, went home with 10 fish between the wife and I. Caught around 20 total. We were very surprised with how many walleye we caught and the size of them. I didn’t start ice fishing a lot until 2 years ago after a friend took me up to lake of the woods for the first time. We caught around 120 fish between the two days (what a culture shock to catching a few fish a day in the Bemidji area). But I have never been able to replicate that trip ever since starting to go on my own. I started going out of Wigwam due to the high traffic on Adrian’s road. My question
    2 points
  37. Fished Lake Eleven, just west of Sandstone. Probably about 10 inches of ice, lots of frozen slush. Did pretty good, 20 crappies, most being right at that borderline keeper size. Seemed to be traveling in pairs back and fourth. Definitely wanted minnows over euro larvae. Sounded like everyone else on the lake was having similar success.
    2 points
  38. Drove by McKinley Park yesterday, looks like a small city out there. I've never seen that many ice houses in one area, NO it wasn't awesome. While we sat there it was a constant parade of vehicles driving out on the ice, and lots of vehicles just "cruising" around. Good luck catching more than a buzz out there. LOL
    2 points
  39. Had 5 terrible days of fishing out of McKinley Park since December 28, including last Thursday, January 7 when I did not have a bite from sunrise to sunset. Finally bit the bullet and took the portable out several miles to get away from the crowds. Although fishing wasn't awesome, it was much better. Ended up catching 6 walleyes, including 17" and 18" eaters. Possible reasons for the tough bite out of the Park: (1) extremely heavy vehicle traffic, (2) very heavy fishing pressure, (3) bug hatch possible, (4) bad weather patter - but 2 weeks? (5) I am a lousy angler. Although the
    2 points
  40. I remember my father wearing the shock vest for his afib just in case things went haywire. After a year of it he got to stop but still had to swallow the rat poison daily. I suppose that I'll be there at some point. Maybe I need to keep running from the sauna to the snowpile to keep my ticker in shape. Stay strong.
    1 point
  41. Have noticed that since the big wigs own Fleet now. They do "seasonal buys" on items and once its sold out there is no resupplying until next season. They start combining shelving and moving in the summer boating stuff.
    1 point
  42. Haven't been up there in the last 10 days but at that time we were sitting on 15". Driving off the plowed road was no issue at all. We still avoided the big drifts obviously but it wasn't bad. The first mile and a half were ROUGH ice. Must have froze while the wind was whipping. As far as the bite goes, the dead-stick defiantly was better. Plain red hook set from 6in to 2ft of the bottom tipped with either fathead or rainbow. Smaller minnows did better for sure. When they did hit the jigging presentation we were using the new "Flutter Shaker" from Snyders Lures in hot pink.
    1 point
  43. I went out if Hillman's on dec 19. Yea it broke up several times. There was little to no snow then and it looked spooky. We took wheelers out at that point but my buddy has been there twice since and pulled his castle out with his truck both times. Between Hillman's and cookie as the reports read there trying there best to get decent roads.
    1 point
  44. Still making ice on Osakis. In the past week, it went from 12" to 16". It is the clearest, hardest ice I've seen in a long time.
    1 point
  45. I am a strong believer of the youth season. I don’t have kids but every year I try to take a kid out hunting then. It’s so much fun to just watch the kids hunt ducks. i would like to see the early goose season ended.
    1 point
  46. Oh and in other news about ice conditions, we had a vehicle go through Lake Irving today here in Bemidji. They haven’t released all of the details but it sounds like they ventured to close to the inlet where the Mississippi comes in. All we have is the radio chatter from the police department about the incident so not sure if they made it out in time or not. Lots of current coming through there but hoping for the best for that person or people. Kept referring to a missing persons report on the scanner so not sounding good.
    1 point
  47. 8 inches or so on Turtle today. Few dozen folks pan fishing in shallows at the break a couple hundred yards off landing. Got a tip on some eyes in 13-18 out a couple hundred yards further but got skunked. Group just shallower than us to the east pulled in 2 eyes while we were there.
    1 point
  48. Moose Nice seeing you and meeting your Dad today on the lake. was a fun day on the lake!!!! Tell your Dad the feature I was talking about is Called A-Scope on his helix have him youtube it .. See you soon on the Ice!!!!
    1 point
  49. We have a couple of them that are used for search and rescue. They are studded. They work very well in slush and deep snow. We were across Crane and over into little vermillion a couple weeks ago. Several spots had pretty bad slush. The skandics had no problems, the other sleds with us struggled in several spots. We like the skandics a lot better than the venture we had.
    1 point
  50. Smurf likely has had the same two size 4 moonglow jigs on his line since 1985 Yes, lots of colors and sizes I end up handing a bunch of jigs out every winter to friends and people I meet while out fishing. And like Tom said, pike infested waters take a toll on the tackle box
    1 point
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