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    eyeguy 54

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    Cliff Wagenbach

    Official Fishing Report Team - MN


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    monstermoose78

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 5 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
  5. 5 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!
  6. 5 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.
  7. 5 points
    Fish will eat just about anything. Not only will they eat spam, but they will eat the can too! Enjoy the video!
  8. 5 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 4 points
  13. 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. .
  14. 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.
  15. 3 points
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 3 points
    Funny and it worked. Say, how did you get out without Mommy and the kids?
  19. 3 points
    good eats, good guys, a few good fish, fun in the sun.
  20. 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!
  21. 3 points
  22. 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.
  23. 2 points
    Went to the chain on the boat did not get to far. No cats had a good time felt good to hear the Yamaha purr. It's sure moving the water that is.
  24. 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
  25. 2 points
    My yard!! Lol packing things away today. Getting ready for summer Be a great day to get out though.
  26. 2 points
    Hit Green for a couple hours this afternoon, almost zero traffic and the sunnies were active. It’s nice to see this lake is back!
  27. 2 points
    a couple bites of mmm mmmm good.
  28. 2 points
    I haven't been here in ages. But I have fished Moonshine, Caribou, Trout, Little Trout, Wabana, Bee Cee (when it held trout), Lucky, Kremer and Nickel. So this thread caught my eye.
  29. 2 points
    Wakemup, I also like them scaled and the skin crispy but hate all of those scales every where so I fillet them with no skin. Cliff I have not heard any news about the City Auto Glass. Pike Bay will be open to fishing. Ice being off of it will be close! Cliff
  30. 2 points
    Crispy tail fins!
  31. 2 points
    Looks like candy Tommy! I might even bite on those! Cliff
  32. 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.
  33. 2 points
    Did'nt buy anything new yet but Big Black boat ready to go. Thinking bout a bow Terrova n something fun electronics for the one blew out on dash last fall. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Messing round all winter paint lures for people an myself. Trying new patterns with some different glitters an iridescent paints. Just 4 fun an who knows.....stranger bigger things have eaten junk I painted. Keep on rocken! T
  34. 2 points
    Made a grocery run into GR yesterday & there was a lot more open water at the bridge. Bet it'll still be 2, maybe 3 weeks. I bump into 1 of the people that help work the nets over there on occasion, have to see what they say
  35. 2 points
    Went ice fishing this evening from 430-630 and they were biting like crazy. 11-17 feet of water with most of the fish in 11-13 feet. Best bait was a xl jig in orange and a white mayfly. Still 28 inches of ice and only 2 inches of snow on it.
  36. 2 points
  37. 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
  38. 2 points
    I was in 24 feet of water. She came in above my spoon and immediately engaged when I lifted to her.
  39. 2 points
    Yes I believe we will....
  40. 2 points
    We got at least 8 or 10 inches here! Cliff
  41. 1 point
    I was out on Vermilion fishing today again. Big bay still has about the same amount of ice but the ice is a lot softer now! Small patches of 4" to 6" deep slush pockets on it. Pike bay seemed solid when we went out but when we returned almost the entire bay had about 6" of very soft slushy ice on top! That will be my last trip out this winter. Talked to one Native that I saw checking a net that he had out under the ice in Pike Bay. He had caught around 15 walleyes and a pike today and 8 or so walleyes yesterday. Tough way to catch fish! Cliff
  42. 1 point
    Del, I have never bothered to skin or scale them as I do not eat the skin or fins. Cliff
  43. 1 point
    Only two small chunks on each walleye from the cheeks. So if you are only cleaning a couple, I'm not sure what you would do with them, except eat them while cooking the fillets. Won't be enough to do much of anything else with.
  44. 1 point
    There were trucks out on Isle Bay yesterday, and ALLOT of snow remains on the main lake. I think significant open water for the opener is a long shot at best.
  45. 1 point
    Better known as North Dakota shrimp.
  46. 1 point
    Yeah it was one of those "Oh... duh you dummy" moments when I realized what the problem was this after thinking about it this winter! Tom- those baits look great! Looking to get into musky fishing a little more this summer and hope to land my first musky on Big V.
  47. 1 point
    Cigar guy and I fish Vermilion, home of the most lure grabbing rocks in the state....
  48. 1 point
    I know right!
  49. 1 point
    Just tried to plow my private road onto the lake and found a lot of water on the ice due to the 12" of snow on the ice. Was only on the edge though. Probably dry further in. Don
  50. 1 point
    The only position we have an edge is center ... Towns over Capella(he's tough D though) So, we must try hard to Use Towns as much as possible .... and hope we peak on all other levels!! LOL
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