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  1. 6 points
    I violated a pointless MN fish and game law or two and transported an oversized sunny while I was too old to do so, caught it while using 3 lines with perch eyes for bait on a designated trout lake after dark without a trout stamp under the influence of 3 beers and forgot to pull the plug on my boat because I was too busy speeding and rolling past stop signs with a loaded 12 gauge in the passenger seat.... Like I ALWAYS do... My lawyer said it was ok if no officers were watching. If one asks me.... "I do not recall." Now that I'm law abiding and sober, it would be a violation of multiple laws to release it.... How can I ever live with my guilt?
  2. 5 points
    I was just curious. Our place is on big bay so I really never get to the west end. It's probably the one thing I wish was different about the east end is a panfish bite. Here's one of the nice eyes from last week.
  3. 5 points
    I have no doubt that there may have been some overharvest that started the decline. Limits from shore were easy up until 15 years ago. I very seldom chase walleyes with slip bobbers on the west end anymore. There has been a proliferation of sunfish, crappies and LM bass even and occasional bullhead. The young of the year survival of fry is a known problem. It is quite possible that the clean up of the bad septic systems has merit. It has been brought up with discussions about Milac's Lake as well. Is it global warming- I have heard about lots of walleye lakes in WI that are now bass lakes. Now I have some guide friends that have done well on the West end- they are so good with the electronics that they don't fish them unless they see quite a few in an area. The amount of detail that they can see on their graphs is unreal. They are experts at reading and relying on their electronics. They use tactics such as jigging Rapala's, lead core trolling ect. I know for a fact there are walleyes swimming in many of the weed beds on the West end. No one is targeting them. I am primarily a muskie and crappie guy. I need to learn new techniques for catching walleyes. Casting Jigging raps to weed edges Lidner's Angling Edge has done some work with local guides doing this. Casting big plastics 4-6" paddle tails on jigs Cast just like I do for muskies on weed edges. I would recommend booking a day with any of the top guides on Vermilion to learn new techniques, learn the electronics and how the fish use the different basins. I have personally fished with Matt Siefert he is a multi species guide- primarily for muskies but his knowledge of walleye fishing is incredible. He is not on the lake much anymore. The Guides League has a list of guides who are long time guides on the lake. Make some calls and be up front on your expectations- do you want to learn electronics, lake spots, new techniques or just catch a limit? The connection you make with these guides can help you get back on a pattern next time you are on the lake. Tip them well and you may make a new friend. Now days if there is a hot bite the word gets out and people have no hesitation to run the lake to get to the hot bite. I see this with Crappies - guy's make runs with a boat full and leave with full livewells. They return a day or two later with another boat and it builds. Good Luck get out there and fish- Have fun doing it. Steve
  4. 4 points
    You're on the right track Chris. Bigger lakes have bigger pike. Not that small lakes don't, but there's a better chance of hooking into a gator on a bigger lake. Remember that there are very specific regulations on pike in Minnesota too - its divided into 3 separate zones and there's restrictions on which ones you can keep (if you plan to keep any).
  5. 3 points
    29 1/2 Incher. Biggest of the year.
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    Beautiful fish, Bob! FWIW, I like the following (printed from a study from Michigan DNR) length/weight chart... https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/SMII_Assembled_Doc_2017_final_552610_7.pdf It's pages and pages of scientific mumbo-jumbo: BUT, if you can click to Chapter 17, pages 5-9, you'll find an awesome length/weight chart that is what I use to guage my fish (as this includes numerous sport but also non-game fish (burbot, redhorse, etc...), which can be hard to find... ) (BTW, I like the fact the Michigan bass are probably more reflective of what I'll catch in Minnesota than a Texas bass growth/length/weight chart...) By their measurements, a 24 inch smallie should be north of 7# but probably not 8 unless it was a big ol' fatty... But don't fret; your fish is a trophy regardless! ('Course I'm pretty sure the fish I caught, unwitnessed and undocumented was bigger...)
  8. 3 points
    I have had gamefish in my aquarium as long as I can remember. It is an everyday occurrence to watch their behavior. Recently a new friend was over and was awestruck by my fish, making me realize that it probably isn't very common to see a 10" bluegill in a fish tank. I currently have a sunny, a rock bass and two bullheads as my 'pets'. I have had basically every species of MN fish in the tank at some point in my life, from burbot to musky. Including an attack Pike that would jump out and land at my feet when I happened to be standing or walking by the tank, and ONLY then. He would stare at me when I was sitting on the couch also. The most intriguing would have to have been the pair of pout I had for about two years. The best all round would be the black crappie. Attractive with a big mouth and appetite and excellent temperament. Had 1 crappie for over 10 years! I don't want any quotes from the rule book. Just curious as to how common are lake caught fish as house inhabitants. What have you or do you have in your tank??
  9. 3 points
    Good morning on the lake after a couple slow outings. Went out of two harbors. Ended up going 5 for 7 with 4 Lakers and a coho. 5 bites came on 5-6 colors of lead and 2 on rigger down 35'. Ran Dodgers and spoons. Not a bad day considering I was solo and only had 2 lines out.
  10. 3 points
    Here's a pic of the roof rail on my house in CO.
  11. 3 points
    I think the tabs also break up the snow when it comes down so you only get hit by a 100lb block not the whole one ton block!
  12. 3 points
    Sorry for the late reply. I fished July 3 and 4 and caught a 14, 19, 21, and 27. Weather was too nice to fish, but still went out (clear skies and calm). Better for swimming and boating. Fish were caught in different locations in Middle and Upper and before 8 AM. Water still seemed cool. Few weeds up yet. Should be better now and forward with all the heat recently.
  13. 3 points
    Although the Northland has been about a month behind it seems from where the fish would normally be this time of year, the recent heatwave has bumped up our surface temps and the cabbage beds are getting thick, good news for us as we target the green cabbage at least 70% of the time on our trips as the heat of summer sets in and we always end up with the most plentiful bags! The cabbage provides cover, shade and holds tons of baitfish so why wouldn't fish thrive in it? Walleye: ANYBODY’S GAME RIGHT NOW! No matter your preferred style, they’ll hit it! Walleye can be found in 13’-16’ of water or also in 24’-32’ of water pulling spinners and bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers, Lindy Rigs tipped with either crawlers or leeches, Crank Baits, pitching Shiver Minnows, or Jigging Raps have all been producing well! Bass: Smallmouth have moved off the shallow flats now. You will find them on the rocky or gravel points, bars, and humps. Try using Drop-Shot, Carolina-Rig, or even Lindy-Rig with leeches. Largemouth are hitting Spinnerbaits in the shallows. Try working the pencil reeds, cabbage beds, or soft bottom bays. Panfish: Crappies and Sunfish alike can be found, you guessed it, in the cabbage beds as well as off the weed lines. Using small jigs like a Clam Tungsten Drop-T, tipped with either live bait or plastics under a slip bobber, has worked quite well. If you prefer a more active method, toss small Mepps spinners or Beetle Spins. Pike: Of course, well pulled up several of these through our efforts in targeting others. However, if it is the lurking Northern you seek, you’ll find the best luck tossing spoons such as a Dare Devil or pulling spinners over the cabbage, on the weed lines or along the shallow breaks leading to deeper water. Floating a sucker minnow under a float can be hot early morning or in the evening. -Alice Wiese Wheezy Outdoors
  14. 3 points
    Interesting story I'll share. This past Friday was my brother-in-law's birthday so I invited him to join me on Lake Osakis to see if we could find some willing walleyes. We got on the water about 11:00 am and started out working along the 1/2 mile bar area when he got a fish on. Turned out to be a smallmouth and a big one at that. We've caught our share while jigging for walleyes and it is not uncommon for us to get them in the 22" range but this one was a bit bigger. I remember making a comment like, "Wow, what a hog smallie!" We figured it was likely about 24" and my brother-in-law figured it weighed about 9 lbs. Unfortunately, we didn't measure it or weight it. It straightened his jig hook and broke his line just as we landed it. At any rate we both agreed that it was the largest smallie we'd ever experienced and my nephew told his dad to bring it home to have a mount made. We didn't even measure it but just took a photo and released it. Didn't think anything else of it until later. When we got home my nephew continued to badger us for not keeping it or at least measuring it. Just for fun we decided to check to see how heavy a 24" smallmouth would be by calculation so I searched online for a conversion calculator. The calculation for a 24" comes out to about 8.25 lbs. Then we did one more fatal search. We decided to see what the MN state record is and learned that it currently stands at 8 lbs - O oz, caught at Otter Tail Lake in 1948. At this point my brother-in-law's appearance became a bit green as we realized that he may have released a new state record unknowingly. How about them apples? I've attached a photo for your enjoyment. Notice, his arms are not outstretched to give the fish a larger appearance.
  15. 3 points
    I went Monday mid-day for a couple hours to make sure all my new electronics were working. I have never marked so many groups of bugs. At first I thought they were minnows - no such luck. Had to be mayflies as there just ain't that many baitfish in Rainy. Kinda hard to pick out the fish images among the swarms of other critters. I am betting the hatch Monday night was epic. I got three nice pike but nothing else. Water temp 74.
  16. 3 points
    got out with RickG to his secret honey hole again. Pretty fishies. Had to get out of the yak and go for a swim 2 times.
  17. 3 points
    This year has been the best bite for me on the west end of the lake in the 6 years I've had my place. Not great by any means, but at least I can go out and get a few fish every night. I have trouble finding fish durning the day, but from about 7pm till dark is when I have my best luck. Hard to catch a meal-all the walleyes are 22" to 27ish......nice problem. It did slow down a bit last wknd. There were a few mayflies out in Wakemup this past wknd. Crawlers and leeches were the bait of choice.
  18. 3 points
    Looks like it was definitely starting to separate, but looks like you got rid of it just in time. Inspect your fuel filter and replace it if it shows signs of rubber particles. Glad I could help save you from lost fishing time and/or costly repairs. I can spot that stuff from a mile away, it has been the root of many a ruined day of fishing.
  19. 3 points
    Had the family up over the July 4th wknd, so fishing was limited to early mornings and an hour or two in the afternoons. The bite was definitely on and consistently gave us some of the best walleye fishing we’ve ever had. Our catch was mostly slot fish, a few ‘overs’ a few ‘unders’. Seems the bug hatch had the whole food chain in high gear. The fish we were catching were eating the perch that were eating the bugs - not the bugs themselves. This we know because they were coughing up perch while we were fighting them. My son had one fish near the boat that shook her head with her mouth opened - and out swam a live perch, none the worse for wear.
  20. 2 points
    I fished on Cross for a couple hours on Sat morning (6-8am) and caught two 14" eye and a couple pike. One eye was on a jig/leech and the other on a silver Flickr Shad. 17ft. The sunfish were relentless on plucking leeches off my jig if I wasn't moving fast enough or got up into the weeds a bit. Nice morning to be out, but the lack of breeze and full sun it was hot by 8:30.
  21. 2 points
    My first 11 incher
  22. 2 points
    I believe it was changed several years ago when they started allowing winter spearing on the lake again. I just looked up the regs for it: bag limit 5, 30-40 inches mandatory release, may keep 1 over 40. So ya, I think based on those regs there's a much higher chance of hooking into a large pike there than most of the smaller lakes in the area.
  23. 2 points
    @Chris mo Basswood is a 25 hp max on the boat, period. Doesn’t matter if you just use a kicker on a bigger boat or not. It’s 14-16 foot boat country with a 25. Light weight is a key term to remember going there. Red is a shallow bowl. You learn to fish the aunties of 1-2 depth changes, patches of cover and bottom content changes. Mille Lacs and Winnie moreso have a TON of structure. Look beneath the surface for your points, coves and pockets. Just cuz you can’t see them on the surface doesn’t mean they’re not there. Put Navionics on your phone if you haven’t yet and see what I mean. Yes, this does mean you’ll fish quite a bit by electronics, especially if you have some wind and cloud cover.
  24. 2 points
    We fished over the 4th also. Thurs/Fri/Sat. Tried down rigging Thurs but couldn’t get anything going. Pulled spinners/crawlers around long point and did pretty good. Found fish in 18-20 ft and also out in 30. No big ones but steady action. Friday went north to garden. Fished the southern tip of starren shoal with jigs/shiner. Morning bite was fantastic for about 2 1/2 hours in 32 ft. 7 slots in that time and good keepers in the 15-17 range. Action stopped about 11 so we went back to spinners and trolled the East side of starren almost to shore till we got to about 12 ft. Caught fish in all depths from 30 up to 12. Bigger fish were deeper. Sat was a repeat of Fri except not as many slots. The smoke was weird because you couldn’t see anything. You had to be within a mile or so to see land or boats.
  25. 2 points
    As mentioned, there are no lake trout above the falls of either the Baptism or Manitou. Like most north shore rivers, both branches of the Baptism gets too warm by midsummer to support trout but you can find them in feeders or hanging around what few springs and seeps there are. Earlier in the spring, the DNR would plant browns by the Finland and Eckbeck campgrounds -- not sure if they still practice that -- but they browns would move in search of colder water as things warm up or get caught out by campers. Manitou has some nice brook trout, but spring and early fall are generally the best times to find them unless you're fishing farther up in George Crosby Manitou SP. A stream thermometer is your best friend -- if water temps are approaching 70 degrees, keep moving.
  26. 2 points
    My favorite saying, "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission"
  27. 2 points
    Picked up 4 for 7 out by the Lester using Micheal Jackson and Kevorkian spoons with deeper divers and one on a lead ball. The surface temp is definitely warming and a lot of fish were marked at the 60 to 90 feet range over 110 feet of water Marked a good number of fish closer to Duluth near the bottom but no takers Going to head up and spend the day in Silver Bay next week so I’ll drag my board along and fish for some salmon
  28. 2 points
    If you could somehow find your way into a day use or overnight permit to Basswood Lake in the Boundary waters, that would be my first choice! 25 hp limit and some work at portages, but the fishing for Pike in Sept and Oct is well worth it. Good numbers and a real chance at 40"+ plus fish.
  29. 2 points
    I will have to say though. With all those great fish pictures and all those gear tag hat and shirt changes. I didn't see one HSO or FM hat or shirt worn! And I know a guy that can get them made!
  30. 2 points
    If I were on a die hard pike trip for numbers with a chance for a big, I would probably deal with the pressure on Mille Lacs. The limit is 10, with size restrictions. There are several “smaller” lakes nearby that have plenty of pike in case of wind. Bay Lake to the NW comes to mind. I live within an hour of it so that also has to do with the #1 rank. My second choice would be Winni and only because of the travel. From Winni you could reach Red but you also have Cutfoot Sioux, as mentioned, but Cass to the west and still near Leech if you wanted a do-over. Boy, Woman, Ten Mile... the list goes on. You might even tie into a muskie or two.
  31. 2 points
    Although the Northland has been about a month behind it seems from where the fish would normally be this time of year, the recent heatwave has bumped up our surface temps and the cabbage beds are getting thick, good news for us as we target the green cabbage at least 70% of the time on our trips as the heat of summer sets in and we always end up with the most plentiful bags! The cabbage provides cover, shade and holds tons of baitfish so why wouldn't fish thrive in it? Walleye: ANYBODY’S GAME RIGHT NOW! No matter your preferred style, they’ll hit it! Walleye can be found in 13’-16’ of water or also in 24’-32’ of water pulling spinners and bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers, Lindy Rigs tipped with either crawlers or leeches, Crank Baits, pitching Shiver Minnows, or Jigging Raps have all been producing well! Bass: Smallmouth have moved off the shallow flats now. You will find them on the rocky or gravel points, bars, and humps. Try using Drop-Shot, Carolina-Rig, or even Lindy-Rig with leeches. Largemouth are hitting Spinnerbaits in the shallows. Try working the pencil reeds, cabbage beds, or soft bottom bays. Panfish: Crappies and Sunfish alike can be found, you guessed it, in the cabbage beds as well as off the weed lines. Using small jigs like a Clam Tungsten Drop-T, tipped with either live bait or plastics under a slip bobber, has worked quite well. If you prefer a more active method, toss small Mepps spinners or Beetle Spins. Pike: Of course, well pulled up several of these through our efforts in targeting others. However, if it is the lurking Northern you seek, you’ll find the best luck tossing spoons such as a Dare Devil or pulling spinners over the cabbage, on the weed lines or along the shallow breaks leading to deeper water. Floating a sucker minnow under a float can be hot early morning or in the evening. Till next time friends- Cheers, -Alice Wiese Wheezy Outdoors
  32. 2 points
    "Although the Northland has been about a month behind it seems from where the fish would normally be this time of year, the recent heatwave has bumped up our surface temps and the cabbage beds are getting thick, good news for us as we target the green cabbage at least 70% of the time on our trips as the heat of summer sets in and we always end up with the most plentiful bags! The cabbage provides cover, shade and holds tons of baitfish so why wouldn't fish thrive in it? Walleye: ANYBODY’S GAME RIGHT NOW! No matter your preferred style, they’ll hit it! Walleye can be found in 13’-16’ of water or also in 24’-32’ of water pulling spinners and bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers, Lindy Rigs tipped with either crawlers or leeches, Crank Baits, pitching Shiver Minnows, or Jigging Raps have all been producing well! Bass: Smallmouth have moved off the shallow flats now. You will find them on the rocky or gravel points, bars, and humps. Try using Drop-Shot, Carolina-Rig, or even Lindy-Rig with leeches. Largemouth are hitting Spinnerbaits in the shallows. Try working the pencil reeds, cabbage beds, or soft bottom bays. Panfish: Crappies and Sunfish alike can be found, you guessed it, in the cabbage beds as well as off the weed lines. Using small jigs like a Clam Tungsten Drop-T, tipped with either live bait or plastics under a slip bobber, has worked quite well. If you prefer a more active method, toss small Mepps spinners or Beetle Spins. Pike: Of course, well pulled up several of these through our efforts in targeting others. However, if it is the lurking Northern you seek, you’ll find the best luck tossing spoons such as a Dare Devil or pulling spinners over the cabbage, on the weed lines or along the shallow breaks leading to deeper water. Floating a sucker minnow under a float can be hot early morning or in the evening." Cheers Friends! Update: I also wanted to add, as many of you know we have finally hit a major Mayfly Hatch. Although, it does bring forth a little bit more of a challenge, use the hatch to your advantage! The technology that we have today with down-imaging is unbelievable! If you notice a large cloud of mayflies on the graph, the fish are usually located right below them or around. Even though they are getting a belly full of bugs, you can still entice them by slowing down, using simpler presentations! Cheers! — Justin & Alice Wiese, Wheezy Outdoors Guide Service 218-275-7525
  33. 2 points
    Upper red lake puts you within about an hour drive of both LOTW and Winnie so it would be easy to day trip either. I've always had a smaller tiller boat so on Red I typically could fish it as long as the wind wasn't out of the west since there are landings on the three sides, winnie has cut foot souix off of it too which is more protected than the main lake. LOTW can be wind swept at times and with it's size and being a border lake trailering around it can take a lot of time. Red has a great population of walleye but the panfish can be difficult to find. Haven't panfished winnie but many do for perch and crappie
  34. 2 points
    Like most lakes in Minnesota, Pike are quite abundant. Up here in the Detroit Lakes area a few lakes have had experimental slots that protected Pike. Lakes like Sallie and Melissa fall into that category. There are some dandy pike in them now, and they are small enough that they can be fished when the weather is rough.
  35. 2 points
    I had a guy with two kids out before the storm blew in. got 4 nice bass and had a few pike on, but they shuck off before getting out the net. We left early as I noticed the weather going bad, got boat on the trail as it started to pour. The lady inspecting boats helped pull weeds off the trailer, pulled a trailer light wire. Lighting and heavy rain on my drive home, after I got the boat in the garage, then noticed I forgot to pull the plug. Drained 7 gallons of water in the garage, from the boat. It took three days to dry out the boat with a 56 inch fan over the boat. Lately, I have been pulling panfish with my kayak. along with the floats from trees, which will go on the garage sale July 18 -20.
  36. 2 points
    Fishing in my buddy's boat! He normally outfishes me 5-1 but if we're in his boat together on a hatch, I'll outfish him 5-1 on minnow and jig.
  37. 2 points
    If you struggle to find a crew near the lake, maybe you can convince a crew from the Cities to spend a weekend at your place - roof during the day and fishing at night. Just buy lots of Tecate and Modelo!
  38. 2 points
    I can find a few most of the time. But the motherload moves around. I have heard of large schools up towards Norwegian Bay in the fall that are deeper. Crappies are in some big schools around Head O Lakes bay.... Moving around. I typically start chasing them in August and do ok. My outings are very short and I have been known to leave biting crappies if I see other boats hanging around. They are increasing on the West end. The last two whitefish netting seasons my dad has caught at least one of them in his net. He has never caught one in his net before. My typical setup is a bobber and jig with plastic- tubes, grub or Berkly Gulp. I move around and search out weed beds- most weeds on the lake will hold some crappies- timing is key. If they bite great. I need to diversify and try some other tactics once in a while. Still looking for a giant or two. The rod that is most fun with these bobber fish is a 9' Berkley Crappie hunter. bobber twitches and you can set the hook as hard as you want. The rod takes all slack out on the hook set and they are fun to reel in total cost $35 at L&M with a reel. If you find them there can be some big ones. Last season I found lots of smaller fish. 2 years ago there was a big school of fish that got pounded by many boats over a 2 week period and almost every fish went into a livewell. Keep those 11" for the frying pan and let the 12+ fish go. Pm me if you need any more assistance. Steve
  39. 2 points
    Yes, you can lose a day or two at times on the big lakes due to wind. You can always have a plan B though and fish a smaller lake near one of the bigger lakes if needed. Pike are in most every lake we have. Crane and Namakan have some good sized pike but those are “Shield” lakes which are typically deeper and rocky. Pike like weeds and usually do better in shallower lakes that have more gradual breaks and flats. People go to Crane and Namakan for walleyes mostly.
  40. 2 points
    Just getting back from our Independence Day week at the cabin. We traveled on Tuesday and found the traffic to be manageable. Passing Millie Lacs, it was odd that the lake was blanketed by a cloud that looked smokey, more brown than white, but the air did not smell smoky. Worked on cabin projects everyday and got out fishing just about everyday, even if it was only for 3 or 4 hours. Weather was awesome. On Friday morning we woke up to a smoke cloud. It smelled smokey. At first thought there was a nearby fire only to hear that wild fires north of Kenora, up by Red Lake, Ontario were the source. So interesting sun-sets. This one from Saturday. This one from Sunday after the smoke started clearing out. For fishing, we found fish in a variety of locations including the south and north shores, active fish seemed to be along long sandy bottom breaks, 14 to 19 feet. Found some nice ones on top of reefs jigging as well as along sloping sides of the reefs with crawlers and spinners. Some folks we talked to had a tough bite, while others we doing quite well, such as Fiskyknut. We traveled back on Monday to avoid the traffic and that was a good choice. Next trip in a couple of weeks.
  41. 2 points
    Gimruis is spot on. I see you don’t have Mille Lacs on the list though. You’ll see more angling pressure there but it’s pretty loaded with pike. Winnebigosh (Winnie) is another possibility.
  42. 2 points
    Just to update the thread...in Big Bay the Mayflies seemed to really start to show up in numbers over the course of 4th of July weekend. We would wake up each morning to more and more Mayflies near the lights. When we woke up to leave yesterday morning the ground, vehicles, and cabin was covered in them. Seems like they are full go in Big Bay.
  43. 2 points
    We just got off the lake. The bite sure has changed since we were out last week. Today there were still some fish on rocks and they were more than willing to bite but they were in such tight groups it made it very hard to fish them. making it even more complicated was the howling wind and the spot lock function on my terrova mysteriously quit working for some reason. Not to happy about that ! If I had spot lock, a slip bobber rig would have been lights out! Every place we stopped at the fish were set up in the identical way, a really tight pod of fish on the very top of the reef and an absolute TON of fish in the mud on the sides that wouldn’t bite anything, I assume these are eating bugs. Literally a carpet of fish on the edges. Got more than enough fish to keep things interesting and enough for a great dinner for us tonight so I consider that a win. Everything on a Lindy rig and a half crawler. Going to put the downriggers on the boat tomorrow to get those fish in the mud. A person just can’t put a Lindy or spinner in front of enough of them fast enough to make it worth while. Pulling a little original rap at 2.5 mph puts a bait in front of lots of fish faster and there’s always a few hungry ones in the pack, you just come across them way faster pulling cranks. Good luck out there everyone!
  44. 2 points
    Totally forgot to mention wildlife- we got everything but bear- saw a wolf on the drive up, a moose running by the campground, a fox running by camp, and nearly hit a deer on the drive home.... along with a loon family, some eagles, crayfish and toadies, made for a good weekend of family wildlife viewing!
  45. 2 points
    Thanks for the reports. Like was mentioned look for the temp breaks especially from Spring till the surface water warms. Along with the break you get terrestrial bugs blown offshore that forms a slick. I'm currently rigging a new to me 22' Crestliner Sabre from scratch along with going through the engine and drive. That's exciting in itself but not as much as being on the water.
  46. 1 point
    Fishing action was hot for walleyes this weekend! Granted I didn't get any big pigs but my boat sure did. Fished southern OTC one morning and landed some nice eating fish for dad and a fish fry. On the last drift he landed a beauty of a 23" eye (Pictured). For the next few days I stayed near our cabin fishing different structure. Started close to shore found some then as day went on and boat activity increased mid lake structure produced. Night bite was even picking up with a big 27.5" being caught and released by the brother in law (pictured). Following day a buddy and I started fishing some mid lake structure and found a big 26" (pictured) up on top of humps in the middle of the lake. Leeches were still the active bait and produced a bunch of fish and we probably went through a half pound again. Trolling lindy rigs of plain hooks with a bead did trick for us. More detailed report is in the members only page and is well worth the membership. I will have reduced posts in the near future due to work schedule so please be patient.
  47. 1 point
    Ya unfortunately those big lakes are going to get rough when the wind starts blowing. Not a whole lot you can do about it other than try to get out there when there's less wind...or get a bigger boat!
  48. 1 point
    I heard all the lakes west of six froze out. I'm heading up tomorrow but I'll stay east of you.
  49. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads up on the fuel line. I replaced it yesterday, this is what the existing fuel line looked like, hopefully, it didn't cause and damage!
  50. 1 point
    Buffalo has plenty of smallies,some nice ones also.I have caught more than a few when out walleye fishing this season.
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