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  1. 11 points
  2. 11 points
    Made it up for my 5th week of ice fishing (one more to go before a break to work). Action was a little slower, but I did manage to catch 20 walleyes in 2½ days of fishing. A few dinks, plenty of eaters, and 4 slotters. Thought I had finally topped 30" when I hooked the fat 26" walleye Thursday at noon (1st picture). Then Friday at 8:45 I caught the 30-5/8" walleye in the 2nd picture. She came up quick at first, but when she saw the hole she really took off. The regulations book chart for this length walleye would be 12½ pounds, but considering how fat she was, I think she topped 13 pounds. Unfortunately the battery was dead in my scale. She swam away very energetically. Best action was with a rainbow on a plain hook the first day-and-a half. My neighbor said they were biting better on suckers, so I tried those Friday and had better action with them. However, the big fish was caught on a small chub. Caught a few fish on small jig/minnow. Had 11-3/4" of ice and many trucks were driving aroudn out from McKinley Park. WIth the very cold weather coming the next few days, the ice should be quite good by next weekend. The snow was starting to drift on the lake.
  3. 11 points
  4. 10 points
    My heart aches for the families and loved ones of these people. Today was the 9th time Lake Rescue/First Responders have been called to the lake this winter plus they have been helping the Red Lake Band look for the missing people over there. They are all volunteers with jobs and families. They are tired. Just of what I know of over 11 wheelers and sleds have gone through the ice already. That is just the ones that I have heard of and I have not even been to the shoreline. Water on the ice with areas of NO ice is a bad, bad combination. Saturday people were pulling wheel houses out with wheelers and pickups were seen on the lake. There have been numerous close calls the past few years where tragedy was narrowly avoided. It seems like each year fishermen are taking more and more risks. People can't seem to understand that the ice varies greatly from area to area on URL. People don't seem to understand that up here when you call 911 help is not there in 5 minutes, it could be an hour or more. Right now I am at a loss for words, this is so sad. I have spent my whole life fishing and working out on URL. The only lake I have ever ice fished in my life but right now I am relieved that I do not work out anymore and I don't even feel like going out there. When the ice is better if I do go out there I will see the pictures of these two people in my mind and say another prayer for them. Everyone please, please be careful out there.
  5. 10 points
    Deck is so empty without my Moe Rock. Sure do miss that boy. His bro Polar Bear Boy likes fishen just not as much as Moe. Loves being in big black boat but likes to SLEEP most of the time. ZZZZzzzzzz! : ) Saturday morning out alone 8 to noon I found some Wally fishes roaming the 22' & 18' boulders picking off breakfast. Stick n Shad lures did nothing so.....Switched up as no live bait. Caught a few nice 19"er wallys and a mess of 14"s. Kept this one for lunch. Wind was fun, stirs everything up so lake was ALIVE until noon then all were full I guess an no bites. DNR guys came by mid morning for a check but it turned into a mini talk & laugh fest. Good guys. Made me smile out of the blue in that wind and our DBL boat control was a hoot. Expert tag team. : ) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`` Late afternoon after island chores, Bonnie an Bear Boy joined me for fun, snacks and big smiles. Hit lake to that morning spot, marked nothing. Tried a bit all over 100 yard oval...ZERO! Moved two miles east, hunting,laughing, searching, having treats......."HEY ....FOUND SOME FISHYS".....fished area size of a football field till dark. Couple nice wallys waiting fat & hungry about 18" first few drops. Then nothing, I could see them but no bite. Kept at it until found a pack of hungry really nice fat fall Smallie Bass 100 yards away packed tight in a 18' boulder pile. This spot few miles away from other one fished that morning but lays out same East, West n medium deep. Boaters zooming around me an wave, never a one stopped to talk or borrow anything. : ) Fun stuff. All going to the next hot bite spot, not know I was on one just having a blast. Bonnie is a great next chix. : ) I think in total we boated 8 nice fat bass, 1~ 36" pike fish an the wallys all in same 100 yard stretch on windy side of that little pile. No LIVE BAIT. Released all but one wally for lunch. Good Stuff. All on medium BIG rubber thumpers of different kinds in my stash over years. Plus one simple Whistler Jig n grub. Trick was to keep boat moving about 2.5 MPH or close an kind of old school RIP JIG an DROP ever 15 sec or so. KABLAM! Get'n it on... Fun junk we do. Good thing I forgot the Minnows when I gassed up an got milk in Virgina eh? : ) Rain Sunday sucked as spent two hours cleaning one boat to take out. I was more wet than it. : ) Have a great week, we be at it again Thursday after hit Doc Uttleys office for TWO YEAR cancer eye check up. Ohhhhh Boy that really is a fun visit. Hit Reds Savoy hard after...Mmmmmmm power munchies. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  6. 10 points
    Caught a couple on bobbers this morning. Still pretty slow. My daughter caught a dandy though.
  7. 9 points
    Slow outing overall for me and my dad today but the highlight was this 30.5 incher to start off the morning.
  8. 9 points
    Personal best today at 29". Half crawler, 26'. My wife also caught a 34" northern near the same spot. Weather was crappy but overall a good day on the lake.
  9. 8 points
    Got a PB on a tip up today. 41 inch fatty! FUN CITY!
  10. 8 points
    We really ran into a bonanza school of jumbo perch this afternoon! We kept 35 jumbos and our limits of smaller eating sized walleyes in 4 hours. Lindy rigs with shiners and chubs in 18' to 21' of water, sand bottom. Cliff
  11. 8 points
    Great weekend on my favorite lake. Still pulling shad raps in 17-20', walleyes were on fire and even a few bonus fish made their way to the boat.
  12. 8 points
    I have had very good success the past few days using my standard lindy/1/2 crawler rigs. All fish were caught in sand/rock transition areas in 16' to 24' depths. Mornings were best from 8:00am to noon. Key factors were to look for pods of fish before even dropping a line! Some fish would bite and some would not. I did not spend much time on pods that would not bite! 2 passes and I was gone if we did not get a fish! Found many fish in spots that I have not fished all summer! Dumb ones I guess! Still tasted the same though! Cliff
  13. 7 points
    Here's a 14-pounder from out there a couple years back... We've been doing well out there on dropper-spoons and flutter spoons. Seems to get those finicky ones to go. They have been pretty fussy this year. They've been spitting out the set-lines and it's been minnow heads on dropper spoons (change-out your hook to something a little more "stout" ). Although we got them to go on flutter spoons last week. It really depends on the area... if you're fishing them in current areas they are much-more aggressive and actively feeding (although you need to always take caution in those areas and ALWAYS error on the side of safety). If you're on the lake, then those fish need a little more coaxing to bite and mobility can be one of the more important pieces to the puzzle. The angler who is hole-hopping seems to out-catch the angler sitting the shack--at least that's what we've seen the last few times out. Those cats are moving (sometimes very slow) and you just drop a bait on the head really. And the definitely bite light like mentioned above by others. A lot of times you don't even know they ate the bait unless you lift your rod up and feel a little bite of weight. Takes a few fish to get the hang of it if you haven't done it before. But they are an blast to fish!!
  14. 7 points
    Lots of ice, lots of snowdrifts. 2’ of ice seems to be the norm on Cass, and Pike Bay. Perch and walleyes have been cooperating.
  15. 7 points
  16. 7 points
    JerkinLips : If you were a really fast skater you could have did a figure 8 around there stuff. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Whiz, Bang, Boom...... until it all fell in! OPPS! : ) How did that happen? Good you have large sense of humor like we do. Nice trip nice fishys. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winter 1994 ~Just 4 Fun. Bonnie & I an two of our Marauder Boys walked out with mini portable & gear 500 yards one early ice an set up on a weed line an ran tips ups on 5 inches of nice clear ice over 12' . Nice ice, no snow, no people yet, quiet place we always had alone in past years...then we hear some noise from shore around a point, an yup, here comes some humans. To our surprise they are in old S10 chevy type truckster.........heading right for US! Kind of mental to see really and we don't really believe it but here they keep coming, closer, closer, closer.........HOLLY ^%$#!! Hounds even quiet as we watch, figuring they will turn away an head back....NOPE! Keep on a coming....closer, closer, closer.....till 20 feet away, roll down windows ... STOP...yell to me ~~~~ "How's a fishing going mr.?" "Any bites?" "How thick is the ice round here?" Ice making all kind a good noise, water wiggly out of holes, hounds not to happy for the company so I says. "Well it's going to be a good evening I predict, the ice is frozen an real pretty, kind of thin for a truck don't ya know? We aint fishen really, we are undercover and this is a LMBT location until after Christmas. Low Mind Bait Trap to rid the town of idiots that don't know any better an are harm to themselves an others while out an about don't ya know?" Bonnie "Yes, we catch them poor souls an take them further north to a small town that is missing it's local idiots for one reason or another. Like driving on skinny ice with a TRUCK or just being plane silly in the brains." "WHAAAAAAAAAAT??? one of them says....."Man that's so cool.......Never heard of that" "We didn't think to check the ice right off out here, looks real thin, you sure it safe to be out here?" "Wonder if that is going to affect fishen? Thanks for info, good luck we was just looking to fish but forgot the bait n auger" "Hey them yer dogs?" as they were both one leg up an peeeing on their tires. Me: "Yup, trained to KILL.......you boys aint seen any of the type persons were looking for round here have ya now.....or you both wouldn't be carrying anything your not supposed to be by any chance?" : ) "Whaaaaaaat" "Ah well no way sir......an we was just heading home to get some bait an try our luck over by a different spot on a different lake ....ya, like that." Me: "Well ok, but be careful, would want you to run into any of the LESS of MIND folks we told you about, they are a dangerous bunch" "Yup, we will watch it, I will tell my uncle yer out here tonight, he might know a few...you both have a nice day an see ya some other time as we really gotta go" ~~ "Come on Billy, Get out a hear they aint playing around" : ) Off they went, never to be seen again. Life is full of tests an good times. If ya can't laugh, what's the point? GO LEAFS! Keep on rocken! Tommy
  17. 7 points
    Rumeye. : ). No fun unless one can mess around on here. I don't post much anymore as don't know anyone an THE MAN is Always watch. Just enjoy share a photo an some corny words now an again. Did pretty good with old school fishn n NO LIVE BAIT. Only thing good in HUGO is mini Reds! Now they even have a lil buffet. Power Pak-ones!!! Sum may argue but we call it culdasac city. : ). Have a great week. GO TWINS!
  18. 7 points
    Thanks a ton Cliff and FishinCT. My friend Joel and I picked up "rainbows" at the Y on our way by. We went out Friday afternoon with fire tiger jigs on a reef in big bay South of Moose Island. Joel got a keeper and a 24" in the first 10 minutes, then nothing for 20. Moved to the south east side of Moose with a few other boats and picked up four more keepers and one of the biggest perch I've seen. Also threw a few back including one that wasn't much bigger than the bait. Finished by casting for muskie at dusk. No bites or follows. Saturday morning the wind picked up and was a little much for the 12 volt motor on my pontoon on big, so we went to the west of Pine. Got a keeper and a few short bites on the same jigs before muskie trolling for a bit. Rest of day was fall cabin clean up. This morning we tried a few spots in Daisy before moving to the north side of the end of birch point, where boats tend to stack up in the spring. We got four keepers, threw a few back, and lost a few, from about 8-9:30. Used the same jigs and Minos's, with stingers this time. Now it's time to pull the boat out for the season. Good luck all!
  19. 7 points
    I pop in here a few times lately for some humor for myself, it is hard to do. No, very hard to do...but this sight makes me smile sometimes so here ya go...FYI. Moe Rock passed August 14th ~ 4 days before what would have been his 11th birthday. He was our rock in many ways and was one of the smartest retrievers we have ever had in our family in 30 some years. If you knew Moe Rock you can understand, remember. He was so strong an fought the cancer just over FOUR MONTHS.... Pills n tests an more pills an more tests...until well CANCER SUCKS. In the end the cancer wins no matter how hard he fought or how hard his TEAM fought with him and for him. Bonnie an I, the special vets an techs at Osceola Animal hospital and the top doc's, students and assistants and at the U of M vet center tried very hard and long to help him in his battle. He never changed, stood tall an strong, bright eyes an devilish smile. Truth is we only stayed a couple steps ahead of the cancer that took him that day at 5 PM. He was strong right up until he passed with Bonnie an myself holding his paws an making his passing go easy. Bother Polar Bear Boy looking on also. Don't make any of this easy saying this, but he was not doing good at 5 am Sunday morning as that cancer stuff just jumped him good this weekend an well, he lost. We never gave in, nor did he. This weekend at the cabin he tried to enjoy himself, DID enjoy it all. He swam, couple dock jumps, we fished morning runs an sunset, did boat rides, worked on some shore n boat small projects an ate pretty dang well. He was fine until bedtime when we knew an HE knew something was happening. Not good. CANCER SUCKS! We had a great time, Moe only showing to Bonnie an myself an his Brother Polar Bear Boy he was not feeling to good in the evenings the last week. Very sad. Never forget Moe Rock or his up north name of NoMoeToe given to him by long time guest in my boat from Capser Wyoming the late Mary Cob and his Chisago City area name the Fire Chief gave him of ThreeToeMoe. He was not only special to me but to a host of people in this area an on or around Lake Vermilion for his whole life. Good boy, darn good boy. One regret is not everyone that knows of Moe or knows him only online did not get to meet him in person. You would have enjoyed him in many ways as we all did. Loveable, big nut, sweet, smart, goofy, odd and a total tick that like to start fights with this brothers an then leave them to settle it while he went an ate their food or got best seat on casting deck my big black boat. Yup, Moe Rock was a Tick. Any way....very sad are we, but he fought like tuff darts, a good long fight. Never whined a bit, did as was asked an stayed pretty much himself the whole time until that Sunday morning really. Not once showing anyone not in family he was sick, real sick. Still loved his truck rides, belly rubs, swimming his pool, wratling with me n Bear, watching TV, Playing on Kendel or computer with Bonnie an just plain being Moe to his brother Bear Boy...big smiles. Fishing, how he love3d fishen...mostly topwater of any kind, but he would go with me anytime, anytime....true fish hound was he, our sweet Moezy. I did not tell anyone about Moe rock but Mom Joanne as figured he might kick cancer to the curb an well.......... Never gave up hope but most times cancer wins in retriever hounds, even our sweet Moe Rock. PEACE! Very Sad. Now running with his fellow Mallard Island Marauders that crossed over before him, Barney Toonder, Homer J., Bailey, Beckey, Buddy.....plus Jack n Ev the Kats. Some good party.....good food, big smiles and all that go with them....all very special. Lov ya Moe......I miss you my boy....rest easy until we meet again. Keep on rocken! Tommy
  20. 7 points
    This one gets thi pie plate award.... it was only 10.5 long, but couldn't get my hand around this beast. It was an impressive 6 1/4 inches tall. He is still in the lake, hopefully growing even bigger
  21. 7 points
    This 25" on sunday. Lost another beauty on friday, my dad and I guess another one close to 10lbs. She gave us 3 nice looks at the side of the boat before she had enough. Another amazing fish lost on a jigging rap. You won't see me buying any lottery tickets any time soon.
  22. 7 points
    A few may appreciate this and though I'd share... We've had a ton going on this year and have only made it up to the cabin a couple times (hoping to spend more time up here in August though). This past spring I sold my Ranger bass boat- it was just too nice of a boat for the limited use I could give it. I went back to the good old tried and true fishing boat my wife's grandfather purchased in the 60's. It's a '64 Pipestone 14' fiberglass and had sat turned over for the past 5 years. Here's a picture of the scrubbing I did yesterday and bringing it back to life. After getting it cleaned up, I put it back in the water and it's as tight as a drum- no water at all inside. The 15hp Johnson doesn't quite move like the previous 115 Johnson but it's fun knowing these old boats and motors still work!
  23. 7 points
    Love my LiL boats. I keep all my stuff so have a nice collection that aint worth much money but to me they are worth a ton of memories an fun time in my life. 16' lund ~ 9.9 mariner I bought new an have almost totally rebuilt her and she gets me on fish an the hounds enjoy it. 16' Mirro craft with a 25 Johnson I rebuilt on her...lots of fun in that baby also. Also have an old 12' Kmart aluminum that I used to shuttle to island with an fish small lakes. Still mess around bay with it with trolling motor on her. And of course I have my aluminum classic 12' Fold~a~Boat from when I was 12 year old stud way back when in 1967 that I am slowly getting back ship shape. Big Black Lund is my big water baby but sometimes need to hide an just relax. I love the lil boats. Just like to fish an hang out on the water. Big Fish in a lil boat.......priceless. Good stuff, doubt theye ver leave me. Keep on rocken! T
  24. 6 points
    This is what I call this time period in ice fishing. Early ice bites when the fish are hot are no longer. These are the bites that make all of us look like super hero's We have hit the midwinter lull time period. What I'm hearing a lot and finding myself is lot of lookers and not many biters. This is the time of year we all start questioning our abilitys, frustration sets in and we all second guess our decisions daily. We have hit that time period when ice thickness is at it's peak or at least I hope so. Oxygen levels aren't as good as early ice and the fish have become a lot more sluggish. What causes lower oxygen levels is a combo of things. Ice thickness and snow pack play keys roles in this. What is happening right now is, less sun (light penetration)is penetrating through the ice to reach the under water world. In the case green weeds ( good signs of good oxygen) are slowly dying off in certain areas. Thus less oxygen is going out into the water column, which in turn creates the fish to be a lot less active. In turn creating a lot more lookers then biters. Well I'm here to tell you fish can be put topside this time of year. By being very persistent and working hard to find activity rewards can be found at the end of the rod. Here are some of the things I have found to increase my odds this time of year. A lot of fish are going to be basin related right now. Especially crappies. I always check basins looking for schools but what I'm really looking for are green weeds. You find a patch or area with some greenery right now and I guarantee you will find fish and success. Underwater cameras are huge this time of year for locating these isolated patches. Changing line diameter's now helps up your odds. I go from 6 to 4 lb for eyes and down to 2 lb for panfish. For eye's I use small spoons number 2-3 Swedish pimples small 3 ripping raps and 1/16 ounce numerous other spoons. These baits are tipped with spikes or crappie minnow heads. Dead sticking with small minnows also is best. For Panfish number 4 mm or even 3 mm jigs will be the ticket, tipped with either plastics or meat (maggots, waxworms, fresh water shrimp). But of all the gear that makes a game changer right now is rod selection. Soft tip, noodle rods and springs are must. The bites you will see this time of year are usally very subtle. And by not using the right rod a lot of strikes will be missed. Things are going to get better next few weeks as time progresses bites will be become better and smiles will be back on anglers faces once again . Feel free to add any techniques strategies or insight you have found that's upping your odds in the period I call dog days of winter.
  25. 6 points
    Here's the scoop, Buddy Hillmen is now allowing 1/2 ton trucks with single axle wheel houses.. Also any size wheel house pulled by wheeler or side by side. Drive slow there's a bridge plate about a mile out. Do not try and cross berm to the south of road. I have all ready seen a couple tracks where they did not make it through. be safe use commom sense and enjoy such a grand lake. On a side note. Last weekend a small fish house was set up about 200 yards from me. Sunday I was driving by and noticed a plastic bag so I stopped to pick it up. It was pushed down into the augured hole and turned out to be a bag of poop. From now on I will be taking random pics of wheel houses and if I find that kind of crap again I will be reporting to dnr and expect a possible ticket in the mail.
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