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  1. 3 points
  2. 3 points
    That's right Jeff you like that vampire fishing Cant disagree with you your track record of success at night has proven it can be good. Did it quite a bit in my youth myself but as I age I like my sleep to much and a good cup of coffee at daybreak One of these days I'll have to slip back over to the darkside and try my luck.
  3. 3 points
    Think of how much beer you could buy for the price of the electronics?!?
  4. 2 points
    Here is the text of the article. An Oklahoma noodler caught a 13-pound, 9.1-ounce whitefish on his first ice fishing trip. By Tony Kennedy Star Tribune APRIL 9, 2019 — 8:16PM PHOTO PROVIDED BY LYLE ERICKSON Billy King of Pryor, Okla., caught a 13-pound, 9.1-ounce whitefish — a potential new Minnesota state record for the species — his first time ice fishing Saturday. Billy King is an Oklahoma catfish noodler, not an ice fisherman. But he made good with his hands Saturday on his first-ever visit to a frozen lake. Reaching into an ice hole on Lake of the Woods, he pulled up a 13-pound whitefish that could be a new state record. The broad-backed fish broke his line, but was wedged in the hole. “We took it to the taxidermy shop in Warroad and their jaws dropped,’’ said Dave Erickson, King’s host for a weekend of fishing on Whiskey Flats, 14 miles from shore. Phil Talmadge, a supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Baudette, said King and Erickson visited his office early Monday morning to receive verification from a state fisheries biologist that the lunker was, indeed, a “lake whitefish.’’ Now DNR officials in St. Paul will judge whether the fish meets all other criteria necessary to surpass a 12-pounder caught in 1999 on Leech Lake. “The whole thing is just really overwhelming to me,’’ King said Tuesday. “I’m just an old fisherman who wanted to go fishing. I can’t even catch a state record fish in my own state.’’ King, 47, of Pryor, Okla., is a foundry superintendent who met Erickson years ago during business travel. Erickson, who lives in Motley, Minn., brought a group of Minnesota anglers to Oklahoma about four years ago for hand fishing thrills delivered by King. He took them for a pontoon cruise on the Lake Hudson reservoir, teaching them how to grope with their arms underwater, feeling for monster flatheads. The Minnesotans took turns getting their fingers nipped. Erickson remembers a lot of squealing and laughing: “We all had a blast. He’s a huge noodler.’’ Erickson and his buddies wanted to return the hospitality, but life got in the way for several years. When the opportunity arose this winter to take King fishing, Erickson chose Lake of the Woods. The native Oklahoman had only caught a handful of walleyes in his entire life. In addition, he had never caught a yellow perch, tullibee or northern pike — all catchable species on the big border lake. Like a frozen pasture King won’t lie. He was flat out scared to drive onto the frozen, slushy abyss that is Lake of the Woods in early April. But he cracked a joke as he boarded Erickson’s side-by-side ATV. “In Oklahoma, we back down our boat ramps,’’ he quipped. “We don’t drive down going forward.’’ The two were joined by Lyle Erickson of Warroad, a friend who knew where to fish. King said his fears eased as they drove further from shore. “I didn’t expect it to be so stable,’’ he said. “I might as well have been driving over a snow-covered pasture until I started boring holes.’’ The trio parked above a reef, with Lyle on a snowmobile. At varying depths, they lowered small spoons tipped with live minnows, detached minnow heads or frozen shiners. As daylight began to fade, the walleyes got hungry. King landed a beautiful 19-incher on a pink-colored “buckshot’’ spoon. He returned to fishing and instantly fooled the whitefish. It tugged like a walleye and felt similar on the retrieve. “It was bigger and pulling a little drag and then I couldn’t get it through the hole,’’ he recalled. Lyle and Dave Erickson largely ignored King as he tried to explain his predicament. They were too busy catching walleyes. “Dave wouldn’t get off his bucket,’’ King said. King guessed he landed some kind of carp. It had big scales and a familiar shape but was white instead of golden. Eventually they all figured out it was a big whitefish — worthy of a picture and perfect for the smoker. On shore, they showed the fish to an “old codger,’’ Dave Erickson said. The senior angler told them he had never seen such a big whitefish, prompting them to quickly visit Rick Thompson at Thompson Taxidermy in Warroad. The group weighed the fish using a bathroom scale and concluded it was potentially a pound heavier than the state record whitefish caught by Darryl Peterson of St. Paul. They wrapped the fish in a towel and raced to Doug’s Supermarket. The store’s deli was about to close and it possessed the only certified scale available in Warroad on a Saturday night. The manager was locking up, but agreed to give the fish an official weigh-in: 13 pounds, 9.1 ounces. It was 29.5 inches in length with a 22-inch girth. “The rest of the night was pretty much a party,’’ King said. “It was a marvelous trip. Everyone I ran into was extremely courteous.’’ King said he made a deal with the taxidermist before he left. Mount the fish, accent it with a fake piece of ice and deliver it to Oklahoma ... during noodling season.
  5. 2 points
    We do! At least 2 weekends a summer we do nothing but musky fishing. Was out night trolling twice. No fish caught overnight though. 2 in 1 day in mid june last year. My wife caught em both!
  6. 2 points
    Well we are still about a month away but hopefully a few are getting excited for the up coming opener in May. Wondering what every ones plans are for this year. Been a tradition for me to do the Horseshoe Chain on opener with my group but we are thinking of some other options this year. Thinking of Big Kandi or possibly Green leaf this opener. Little nervous about the boat traffic on Kandi but after dealing with fishing the chain for many openers I'm no rookie to dealing with boat traffic and fishing pressure. The chain is always a zoo but understandable as it always produces plenty of eyes. Might be a hard option to try somewhere different but both these lakes have me intrigued as I spent some serious time ice fishing them this winter. Lets here some opener picks and traditions you will have for this years opener.
  7. 2 points
    Good luck this morning to all you lucky opening day hunters! Report what your seeing, please. I am seeing nothing from the office window.
  8. 2 points
    Its been a long, cold, nasty winter, but we are floating! We went from ice fishing to fishing in the boat with no transition. It feels so GOOD! We are ready to rip some lips and have a great open water season. If you look around, you can always find some fishable waters. No excuses! #nevergiveup
  9. 2 points
    Lake of the Woods for the whole week. 12th year now I think.
  10. 2 points
    There's a lake "Up North" I used to live on, that has always treated me good on opener. The walleye bite is like catching sunnies off the dock. Lots of keepers and many 22"-26" to release. Once I have limited on eyes, the chances of hitting a 36" or better pike in the shallows are really good!! I would love to tell everyone the name of this amazing lake, but since nobody else is giving up their secret lake, I guess I'll have to be the first to tell you where I have a tradition of going for opener... BUT don't tell anybody!! Shhhhhh.... It's Leech Lake!!
  11. 2 points
    Sold my boat last year for funds for graduate school but that won't keep me from fishing! I'll find a lake or river to shore fish from in the waders around Grand Rapids or on the range. Hopefully have a water temp above 45!
  12. 2 points
    pretty sure i'm staying off the roads and lakes. its much better for my blood pressure!!!!!!!!!!! BUT theres a little lake north of Richmond I had my eye on last year till the weather turned crappy!!!!!!! Lake Z!!!!!!!
  13. 2 points
    I wanted a cheap fish finder for our family pontoon. We're on a 250 acre lake and the pontoon won't be used anywhere else, so I didn't need anything fancy. I was pretty sure I'd buy a lower end Lowrance or Hummingbird that were on sale, but wound up going with a Garmin Striker 4. It seemed to have a lot more features, and even though we don't need the GPS for navigation, being able to track your trolling speed is a nice option. Just picked it up this week so we'll see how it goes once it''s installed and the pontoon is in the water. The only bad thing I read in the reviews was people saying the screen can't get wet. A lot of the reviewers use it on their Kayaks - so I'm hoping they mean it can't get submerged or really soaked. I can't imagine any fish finder not being able to get a little rain on it or morning dew. Anyway, I know was picking from low end models, but I was more impressed with Garmin that I thought I would be.
  14. 2 points
    Fished out of Long Pt on 4/6 & 4/7, very little snow on land. Very little snow left on the lake, just mainly where it had been plowed off to the sides of the roads, these areas were also the softest, better travel is on sleds once you're on the ice. Fished in 26' on 4/6, weather was nice/sunny and about 45 degrees, had action from 1-3pm only keeping 3 eyes 16-18"/Saturday evenings dinner. The rest of the day was slow,. Went out to 32' on 4/7, rained from 10am-3pm, picked up a 27" at 11am, consistent action all day smaller fish early on, avg got larger as the day went on. Didn't have any problems filling out, keeping mostly saugers, about 15", and a couple eyes just under 18". I was the only one out on the point Sunday after 10am.
  15. 1 point
    Most lakes around Rush City including Rush and Goose went ice free yesterday.
  16. 1 point
    Thank you for the report and please keep us updated on water temp,,I'm not a smelter but a steelhead Fisher and water temp is key,,also helps to not waste gas and time if conditions aren't right
  17. 1 point
    Mud Minnows! Use them for walleye and smallmouth! Fantastic bait.
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    We loved the landing prior to the “new owners” and there changes to menu , prices , servers , and bartenders/ ie over all atmosphere. My wife and I would eat there some 3/4 times a week during our cabin trip. Just hoping the new owners return the place back to the way it was ( fish fry, cheap burger night , great nachos , walleye sandwich, pizza , 2$ tappers etc…… Throw in the best mlb game of the day or sports center and we will be back 3/4 times a week. Really wishing them well for the coming season …
  20. 1 point
    I was looking out the window at the office wishing and hoping it was Friday!!
  21. 1 point
    I'm sure there's a great article.... Unavailable to non-subscribers... Let me guess..... Guy goes fishing, guy catches fish?!?
  22. 1 point
    A colleague was out on Minnewaska in a john boat. He said there was still a lot of ice but he would very much not recommend trying to walk on it. Where he was at the ice was about 50' from shore.
  23. 1 point
    Had our sales manager with me this last weekend of the walleye season. We fished a couple hours on Thursday afternoon, Friday, and Saturday. On Thursday we picked up 3 nice 15 inchers for dinner. Ice was mostly solid. We fished a mile off shore. On Friday we fished Twin. The ice there was mostly honey-combed. Solid ice for the first 6 inches and last 8 inches. The rest was crumbly chunks. The augers were bucking with the crumbly ice chunks. Not many fish marked. No keepers. On Saturday, we fished on the edge of a mid-lake reef. Ice there was mostly solid. The bite started off slow, but picked up nicely. Between 11am to 3pm we were busy. Ended up with a nice limit of 16 to 18 inchers and a couple of sauger. Everywhere and for much of the season, we experienced many of the prior class years, those 4 to 6 inchers, 8 to 10 inchers, etc... These are the fish we will be targeting in the next two to three years. Also, heard of and saw a couple folks heading out for the 730pm sunset bite in the 10 to 12 FOW breaks. For us the snow on shore was adequate for sleds. The snow that fell on Thursday night into Friday morning helped out too. The lake was fine. There were a hand-full of folks around for fishing. Pretty much had our areas to ourselves. Another great year in the books.
  24. 1 point
    On the south end... Walleye season is closed until the MN Fishing Opener, May 11th. The target now is pike and sturgeon. Pike are staging for the spawn and are open all year long. Back bays are just opening up and will be full of pike soon. A combo of big dead baits or slow rolling a spinnerbait, spoon or crankbait will be the go to methods. LOW has a very strong population of trophy class pike over 40" long. All pike 30-40" must be returned with a 3 fish limit and one over 40". On the Rainy River... The Big Fork and Little Fork river busted open mid week last week, sending ice and muddy waters into the Rainy River. This slowed the walleye bite which had been excellent with many trophy fish. Sturgeon fishing remains good as they are bottom feeders and rely more on smell vs sight to feed. It's prime time for sturgeon. Catch and release for sturgeon through April 23rd with the keep season starting April 24th. Up at the NW Angle... A few anglers were on the ice this past week, but ice fishing is basically over. Some open water appearing in neck down areas and current areas. Resorts getting ready for May 11th opener.
  25. 1 point
    she is not my boss, yet!!!! no she does not push on any of my plans and for that I'm glad!!!
  26. 1 point
    Besides that, you got a woman now to say when and when you can't!!
  27. 1 point
    We drove by yesterday and the gates are locked, road is not plowed, and no gear on shore yet. It will all be happening soon.
  28. 1 point
    Posted this last September but it disappeared.
  29. 1 point
    And miss out on all the chaos and mayhem
  30. 1 point
    Too many people for me locally. Fished Winnie most of my life but got tired of a couple hundred boats on a spot and being followed around all the time. We would get on fish and the crowd would move in like vultures.
  31. 1 point
    I'll be fishing at night most likely. Usually really good for me early in the season. That way I miss all the craziness during the day.
  32. 1 point
    Was out scouting last few days and have been seeing a decent amount of birds on the propertys I hunt. Snow has been very helpful in finding turkey crossings strutting and feeding areas. Noticed a lot of hillsides in pasture areas are getting hit the hardest as of late. They are definitely splitting up and starting to stay out in the fields a little more each week. Heard two different groups gobbling today out in the fields midday 10-11 am a real good sign. Hopefully this week the warmer temps melt this snow down and start greening some things up.
  33. 1 point
    Bump! It could be soon, a lot of it by the Hwy 46 bridge was open 3 weeks ago.
  34. 1 point
    So pumped to have this place back again!
  35. 1 point
    keep an eye on the webcams to get an idea when it might be possible to dip a net. Usually Ashland starts up a week or two before Duluth. Will post if I hear anything.
  36. 1 point
    I think I have decided on my best Rainy River memory.... It wasn't even the day I caught 15 sturgeon myself. It was day 3 of a 3 day trip, fishing (sturgeon) had been good. We got up early and the temperature was 20°, windchills in the single digits. We had to decide to fish the miserable conditions or just turn the heat on in the truck and put Baudette in the rear view. I argued that we are warm now and have a warm 3 hr drive so we might as well go fishing till we're cold, as long as we're here. We went to a spot close to the landing and right away we were catching fish.... BIG FISH!! You couldn't have gotten us off that river for ANYTHING!! We caught about 20 sturgeon between the 3 of us, including 6 over 60". The biggest was a HUGE 67" fatty. The boat floor was nothing but a sheet of ice! Not a single word was said about being cold. It was the most amazing feeling that we had made a great choice that frigid morning!! Here's a pic of the 67" my 250+ lb. friend got that morning The funniest thing I've seen on the river was another one of those cold mornings. The temp was in the low 20s and we anchored right in front of the landing. For over an hour we watched as people with those sparkly expensive boats were trying everything they could to get their boats off the trailer. The cheaper boats with roller trailers would launch just fine. Everybody with a bunk trailer that had fished the day before, had wet bunks that froze their $50,000 boats to the trailer. They'd try opening the throttle in gear, backing farther down and pushing by hand for a few minutes and pull out to look for transom straps. Being that there was a very long line, they would let others try and get back in line. We had a front row seat to the circus. To rub salt in the wounds, we were doing pretty good and making it obvious, in my OLD beat up 14' jon boat.
  37. 1 point
    Wild turkey breast is always good in our house. Marinate (brine) if you think it may be tough. Cook in cream soup like pheasant or on skewers on the grill. Either way
  38. 1 point
    It was a long time ago( '07) as it was our 1st color unit, LMS 520c, & I'am almost positive that they quit making those transducers not long after. Pretty sure they didn't come out with the Hook series until well after this.
  39. 1 point
    I switched my GPS and sonar from Lowrance to Garmin a few years ago and haven't looked back.
  40. 1 point
    If anyone picked April 10th for the ice out date, they did not win.
  41. 1 point
    I'm with you Bob - I never have enough confidence in my electronics (or advanced enough side imaging, etc) to be 100% confident there are fish so it's tough to fully embrace the "never leave fish to find fish" motto if I'm not sure there are fish. While it's not scientific, I think sometimes it's six one way a half dozen the other way when it comes to staying another 15-30 minutes at a spot vs. trying the next spot. If you're on a body of water with a handful of key spots you typically hit, it's impossible to know if you're better served to wait it out on a good spot with fish or go look elsewhere. To an extent it depends on personal preference, but generally speaking it sounds like you're thorough enough and I do think that is a smart approach as opposed to burning gas and burning time running too quickly from spot to spot rather than grinding out a bite. Not too helpful, but for what it's worth I can relate to your question / dilemma.
  42. 1 point
    Where did you hear this? From those I spoke to that came from that way this morning, they were still tight to shore near the mouths. I know Rainy Lake guide service has been posting videos of the falls in Big fork, causing some to think the big fork is out. Rushing water there is nothing new in the spring. That said, it could happen at any time I am sure. The rain this morning doesnt help either. Good luck BIGFISH.
  43. 1 point
    Another beautiful day for fishing on the river. And the fisherman were out in droves. The jig bite seemed to really pick up today. Alot of short bites, as our hooking % was well below 50%. We dont use stinger hooks, they probably would have helped today. Plastics tipped with a minnow, turned all of our fish today. We didnt keep good track of our numbers today, as our clicker operators each took lengthy naps. A best, conservative guess, is we boated somewhere around 60 walleyes/saugers. We only boated 5 fish over 25". Highlights of the day for us were, Isaac again catching the biggest sturgeon. A near photo copy of the one yesterday, a little less girthy though. My wife Amanda broke our group Rainy River Record walleye this morning, a 31" 11lb 12oz slob of a walleye. A true Rainy River beauty. The fishing will continue to only get better this next week if the forks hold out for the remainder of the season. Come and get um folks. Isaac sturgeon from today. A couple shots of Amanda Trophy. 31" 11lb 12oz. Abigails 25"
  44. 1 point
    Our first day is complete. Not a bad day of fishing but plenty of room for improvement. Water conditions were ideal as far as current and clarity today. Our stats for the day was 30 walleyes/Saugers, 3 sturgeon, 1 pike, and 1 white sucker. Largest walleye was 24". 5 fish came off of crankbaits, the rest on Jig/minnow/plastics. The bite seemed to go in streaks, with long periods of little to no action. Lots of "different" techniques going on the river today. Cranks seemed to produce more big fish than other from speaking to others. Back at it tomorrow. Abigails first ever Sturgeon. No idea where its tail went? Abigails 24" Isaacs first ever Sturgeon. Cut a length of rope to measure lenght, as I left tape at home. Not exactly sure of lenght, nice fish though.
  45. 1 point
    Reinhard hasn’t posted on this site in 3 years. You can catch smelt with standard panfish gear. They’re pretty easy to find on grindstone. However, the ice is most likely toast. The access is probably open due to the creek coming in. The red barn access also has a tiny creek flowing in. Also the numerous springs all over the lake. You’re better off waiting a few weeks and going dip netting for them. Otherwise, there’s always next ice fishing season.
  46. 1 point
    Check out the Grindstone lake thread in the East Central MN forum on this site. Reinhard will point you in the right direction. Read through the 60 pages first as he has answered this question a few times I believe.
  47. 1 point
    After 21 years of fishing the spring run, stories are endless! That is the main reason I continue to go, it is always an experience. Our best seasons fishing wise, were probably 2010 and 2012. Numbers those seasons were incredible 70 to 80 fish per person in the boat. 2010 high numbers and 50 fish over 25" over 2 days. My best experience was 2 years ago taking my then 10 yr old for the first time. Ok numbers and size, but to see my boy battle through being cold and bored at times to fish 10+ hours each day, gave me a new respect for him. I could not have done that when I was his age. He also taught his old man a lesson. The whole first day I was preaching to him to stay vertical to avoid snags and sturgeon. Day 2 begins, and here he starts casting out and dragging his jig back to the boat as we slip drift. I scold him, next second he casts again! I give him a sarcastic look, then he sets the hook, rod stresses and drag peels! I ask if its a snag or a sturgeon? He just says its a big fish. Sure enough, he catches a 29.5" 10 lb 1 oz walleye! Dont listen to dad i guess! Horror stories! The worst was, being in line at the Vidas access on a 20° morning and watching a truck back up to unload and start to slide down the ramp, dropping the trailer off the end of the concrete. Boat still attached to the trailer but floating and hung up on the bow "roller". Site manager, one of their group, and our group try as we might to free the boat from the trailer. Site manager and thier fellow are at the bow trying lift the boat when it frees while in reverse. This slams the bow down on the roller with both guys hand smashed between! So much blood! Good thing we had a quality 1st aid kit to wrap hand and stop the bleeding. Both got a ride to the hospital. Weirdest experience was I believe in 2010. We were fishing down river from Frontier. Alot of boats around and a ton of fish being caught. All of a sudden we hear someone hollar from across the river on the Canadian side. This continues for a while, the area(lots of boats) is silent, no one else is talking, others shut down thier motors to listen. For i dont know how long we get to hear, what seems to be an intoxicated angler verbally demolish his fishing partner "Brad". All I know is the phase "f*@^ you Brad" will forever be burned into our memory! They speed off back towards Frontier, almost losing a passenger on hole shot. The river remains silent for sometime. Until a random spectator lets out one more "F##& you Brad", the whole river breaks out in a collective laughter! And then there are the Forks, They have "ruined" a number of years the day we arrived. Little devils.
  48. 1 point
    We fished on Minnewaska Friday, Saturday, and Sunday last weekend. We went in just south of the beach house on the Glenwood end. There was a real nice road that was plowed out to a small cluster of houses not too far out. You could get off it if you picked your spots. You definitely can't go wherever you want. We were fishing in the basin and had a nice bunch of eating sized gills after putting in some serious time. It was weird as a couple of guys would have their limits and twenty feet away two guys would have less than ten. You could also get on the DNR access but the road there wasn't as good but you could get out. There were some wheel houses that came out and set up without having a plowed spot. You just had to be careful where you set up. That was last weekend and I don't know what the last couple of windy days have done to conditions.
  49. 1 point
    Alright - We, wife and I fished Fri and Sat. We fixed the choke on the Polaris, twice on upon arrival on Thurs. Glad we picked up two on the way. Fri we went to a mid-lake, deep water reef, setup on the edge, 25 fow under the 3 ft of ice, lines were in by 11am, ended the day with 10 keepers, eyes and sauger mix, overall the bite was decent, we were definitely kept busy. Fish for dinner. We added the extension on the auger. Yes - bring the extension. On Sat we went 1 mile off shore, setup in 20 fow, under 2.5 ft of ice, near some rocks, lines were set by 1130am (what is the hurry?), looking for perch, ended the day with a mix of eyes, sauger, and 9 jumbos, bite was about the same as Fri, probably 35 fish per person. Minimum length of the eyes was 15 and 14 for the sauger. Biggest eye kept was a 19 and 18 for the sauger. My wife caught and released this nice 24 incher. The bite was definitely better than two weeks ago. It was cold then and warmed up nicely for this trip. It was interesting, the ash trees have dropped their seeds and the pine grosbeaks numbered into the hundreds and were all over the place, feasting. We had planned to enjoy the Super Bowl with local friends, but decided on Saturday to head home on Sunday, rather than Monday due to the Winter Storm Warnings and the forecast. Looking forward to the next trip.
  50. 1 point
    I was on Reno and there was 5 to 7 inches out to 13 feet. Guy at the bait store said the same about waska. On Saturday ice felt safe. On Sunday it was cracking under the weight of the 4 wheeler so I turned around. Also saw some large cracks developed overnight. Next week should be good but it is still early.
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