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  1. The fish Gods smiled on me last night.
    18 points
  2. Finally got out fishing at McKinley Park today. Missed the morning bite but still got plenty of bites up until 3pm when they shut off. Catching was another story. They were biting nice and solid but missed about 70% of the bites. Did end up getting a small meal. Chubs were twice as good as pike suckers. Fuel and Food didn't have rainbows or shiners so I may go to the Y tomorrow to see if they have any. Good to be out again.
    16 points
  3. We returned home today from a short 3 day fishing trip on Vermilion. The weather was chilly most of the time and windy during our entire trip. All of the fishing took place on the east end of the lake and we fished from Daisy Bay to Armstrong Bay with many stops in between. The fishing party included myself, my cousin, and a very dear friend. We bought pike suckers and nitecrawlers for bait. We used jig/minnow, bottom bouncer/colored hook and beads, and lindy rigs. We fished water from 15' to 30' and targeted rock reefs and holes. The water temperature varied between 57 and 59 degrees dependin
    16 points
  4. My son and buddy tried fishing Vermilion yesterday and didn't do well. I got up here today and we decided to try a different lake for some panfish. We checked out some lakes on Navionics we've never fished before and went north a bit in search of some fish. We found about 7" of ice, caught approximately 30 crappies up to 12", a couple of small walleyes 31" pike and some smaller sunfish. Kinda sad, we have a place on a 40,000 acre and had to go to a different lake to get some safe ice and fish. We kept some crappies for a nice dinner. A fun day on the ice!
    15 points
  5. A few interesting pictures from the trail camera last weekend.
    14 points
  6. Left the lake at 1pm today. Added 1/2" of ice (now have 6.5") from Tuesday to Thursday; pretty good considering how warm it was. My fishing holes from yesterday evening had 1/4" of ice on them this morning even though it didn't get below freezing last night. Pictures are from McKinley Park when I was leaving. If we don't get much snow before it gets cold next week the ice will be great for vehicle travel. Fishing was another story. Went to the Y-store Wednesday morning and the only minnows they had were light northerns and crappie minnows. I took a dozen light northerns for e
    14 points
  7. Walleye fishing for me was similar to 2 weeks ago. Would catch 4 perch for every walleye. Also had a hard time keeping the crayfish off the crawlers again. At least I did catch one decent size fish, albeit unintended. This 20.5", 5#-1oz bass is my PB. Was a fun fight bringing her in.
    13 points
  8. With Tom's post in mind, it looks like he's living the life... except for the heart problems! I'm one of those out-of-towners that comes to LV once or twice a year. My dad brought be to stay on Ludlow's as a kid. We fished for whatever we could catch, which wasn't much at the time, out of a rowboat. He's been gone awhile now, but I have never forgotten how beautiful the lake is. Fast forward, a group of guys and I started coming to LV once a year in the fall, about 2009 or 2010. We had a blast and made it a yearly thing. My best friend that helped me plan the trip, is gone
    13 points
  9. Interesting posts about crowds or people. more people use lake nowadays n buying cabins n giant homes so they look for free info. Over the years this board has been a HINT type board for spots or how to fishy info. let people figure out on their own type stuff. then bout five years ago became a chest pounding or look at me type of forum. Tell all n show all. Silly but was predictable to see that more an more people would find you n fish by you in winter summer or fall. Easy n Free is the new way of fishn. No Whining about crowds now as will do ya no good. over zea
    13 points
  10. Took me about 3 hours of screwing around, but I got it VID_20210526_195221118.mp4
    12 points
  11. Had a fun night off the dock. Reeling in a walleye and a muskie grabbed the walleye. Figured it would break off so, I thought I'd try filming it. I landed the 20.5" walleye. The video is all pixelated when I tried sending it to my kids, hopefully this will work. Ok, I need help, it won't let me upload video. This is just one of the pictures I took. Need to figure out how to add the darn video.
    12 points
  12. Got back out again today. Headed South toward the Clearwater lakes area. Started my initial search in a basin flat, bottoming out around 30 ft deep. Didn't take long to start marking fish... but these are not the ones I was after. I don't really care to fish in deep water as survival of the ones let go decreases even if the smim away looking fine. I use these deep fish as a reference point, because sometimes there will also be fish relating the closest weedline or shallow flat nearest these basin fish. Today this pattern paid off, I found scattered pods of fish roaming 14-19 feet , close to
    12 points
  13. Finally found the fish. Set up near Everett bay narrows and caught a few eaters think we kept 8, released 2 dinks and nice slot fish which we released. 28-30 fow. Stop signs seemed best.
    12 points
  14. It's been a fun few days on V. This morning I caught ~25 walleyes. A little lacking in size a lot of 12-13". My son wanted to target largemouth and my daughter wanted a musky and she caught a 42" off the dock. Both boxes checked!
    11 points
  15. Just don't keep any 12-13" walleyes. Can't wait to visit your bay and catch some crappies. Tomorrow, Is my last day working, I'm officially retiring. I'll be chasing them all spring. Then on to the walleyes!! Can't wait....I better add that I'll be practicing c/r, if I'm lucky enough to catch a few
    11 points
  16. Got the itch to get out of my cave for a couple hours today. The sunshine and no wind made it just about nice enough out to tolerate. I started drilling holes outside the weeds in 12-13 ft. Had fish looking at my bait almost right away. Took a little work, but put my fish couple small bluegills topside. Decided to try a little deeper as I had some better marks out there when I first drilled holes. But found much the same thing, 4-6 inch gills with a ok one mixed in here and there. Time for another move.This time shallower... I used my handy little aqua view 4.3 to find a small openi
    11 points
  17. In the past year my goals have gotten very simple. Get up in the morning, wash my face and than see that old man in the mirror smiling, giving me one more day, If not on the water fishing, at least doing fishing related things. I could shield the video cables in camera further reducing video noise, re-string line on 4 more reels I haven’t had time to do, rebuild my failing 2ah M18 with battery cells that arrived from Samsung South Korea 2 weeks ago. if it warms up I could replace the broken spring on my wheelhouse or just study contours on a new lake for future fishing spots. When I again get
    11 points
  18. As many of you have probably noticed some of the frequent posters FM regulars with tips reports pics etc have moved on or rarely log in post anymore. I'm still in contact with many of them and we still share the ice together so there all healthy and things are going well. And trust me there's still a pile of fish getting caught among the group! Sadly I have decided I won't be contributing as much either and will be moving on. In case anyone was wondering why I haven't been active. It's just been to hard frustrating and time consuming to try and keep things moving forward, Yes I'm still
    11 points
  19. Yup, that was me. I had to make a few stops on my way up Thursday so didn't reach the lake until twilight. I boated up to the ice in the river, crunched through some of it for confidence and then circled out. I watched football and the Landing, swallowed a few beers, and slept in my boat that night. Friday morning I pushed through the river. Your neighbor was watching so I gave him a wave. That ice was about two inches thick and relatively easy to get through...about 15 minutes to get into Black Bay. Once in Black Bay it took 2.5 hours to get to my dock. Lots of running up on the ice edge and
    11 points
  20. Only got one this weekend, but it was a dandy. 41” pike. I’m sure the west enders recognize the background
    10 points
  21. Cool everyone OK with my post an you GET IT! : ) Humor n honesty...it works. We all do it for what ever we do it for so I post only to share an have fun watchiing others smille. Enjoy thee posts n pic's just like a lil edge to the posts formy tatse so people learn rather than just seek n get n move on. Nothing gained nothing learned no memorys just a greasy plate. : ) Nice to see names I do not know . Not the norm on most old school fishn Grin n Grab info sites an this sight n crew is by far one of the very best for years now. Yeah, I dont get paid as I
    10 points
  22. The camping worked great. Had good crappie bite and quite a bit of smaller walleyes. picked off a really nice metro walleye during the afternoon.
    10 points
  23. Talked to someone at McKinley Park Wednesday and they said they were catching a lot of tullibee. They said they were catching them near the bottom using medium size minnows on walleye-sized hooks. Don't know why I haven't caught any this year, and only caught 2 all last winter. Interesting sighting at McKinley Park this afternoon as I was leaving the lake. This older Ski-Doo was ready to tow a canoe. Also saw a power auger sitting outside an empty truck so somebody must have been having equipment problems. Fair bite from 8:30-11:00 today with the pictured 26½" comin
    10 points
  24. Fished a few hours each day Monday thru Wednesday this week. Catching was a little slow but did end up with a good number of 14-16" walleyes in addition to a few dinks and 2 slot fish including the pictured 25". The bites I did have were very solid and the fish were fighting like they were 25% bigger than they were. Seems like the fall bite has begun. Wednesday evening weather was quite interesting with high winds, sporadic showers, a nice double rainbow and beautiful sunset. Worth the trip out. Water temps were 50-53°F. Going back this weekend with the wife so I don't know if any fishi
    10 points
  25. Fished 4 hours each am and pm Thursday-Saturday. Fishing was tough but I did manage to catch a few eyes, most of which were 10-13". Had to move around to find biting fish. Biggest was the pictured 22" slotter. Next biggest was only 15", and this fish fought like a slotter last night (maybe a sign they are getting more active). Lots of mayflies on the water surface Thursday, and also saw a lot of clouds in the water column. Soudan friend said he heard locals were not catching anything, and the CO that checked me Saturday evening said that anglers were not having much luck. Lively leeches
    9 points
  26. Just retuned from annual week trip to pike bay lodge June 5-12. To say it was a hot trip would be understatement. Pike bay daytime water temps hit 80 almost everyday and lowest we found in big bay was 68. Walleye were tough to find good eaters. Lindy rigging various live bait in deeper water yielded only small fish as did slip bobber shallow rocks. Seemed 8-12’ u would find a few 15-17” walleye but not consistent pattern. Bass fishing didn’t disappoint but many had spawned out or moved deeper. Overall great scenery as always with eagles and loons. Truly a special place and envy the ones
    9 points
  27. Someone had to kick things off. I caught some shrimp at the grocery store over the weekend. I'm hoping to see some spawning walleye this weekend. Who knows where they will be in a month when we are all allowed to actually fish for them!
    9 points
  28. Eyeguy and I made it out Monday. Hit a local lake, when we launched the ice was still covering about half the lake. We ventured into a long narrow boat channel that offered pretty decent protection from the crazy wind. Action started very slow, but ended up finding fish in the very center of the channel where the water was deepest. I had my best luck on a 1/64 oz jughead tipped with a chunk of crawler. I was able to get a few on plastics, but not near the amount I got with meat... Saw a few crappies caught, but wasn't able to land one yet myself...lol. Felt good to be back out chasin'
    9 points
  29. Whelp, stick a fork in it, our ice season is done. Jeff and I took to the ice one last time in search of jumbos and/or whitefish. Mission accomplished on the latter. The jumbos we just couldn’t seem to find. The smallies were starting to move up onto the shallower reefs and we caught a few incidentally, along with a decent pike. The ice was probably 2’ thick, but there wasn’t much snow left on top when we headed back home this evening. Decided to use the scratchers on the sled. Next stop...open water.
    9 points
  30. On Elysian, close to home, catching nothing not even a bite but kids are having fun eating pizza and watching movies. Mom gets a well deserved girls night. -9 now looks like-18 by morning. Hope the truck starts.
    9 points
  31. Its hard to think but its coming soon at 15 I dont have 300 laying around to buy a vex with so last year I got a garmin striker 4 and made a mount for it even with the summer ducer it worked great!! I would put it up aginst my buddies vexs and marcums here are the pics
    9 points
  32. Perfectly normal. Ice is a brittle solid but it is also extremely buoyant. It starts by freezing on the surface and then builds downward as more water freezes. When water freezes it expands its volume and this adds pressure due to both buoyancy and larger volume. That's why a plastic water bottle in the freezer will bulge after it's frozen. Since ice is very hard and brittle it doesn't bend easily so as the pressure from expansion and buoyancy increases, the ice eventually gives way and cracks. A lot of small cracking can actually be a good sound. It means the ice is getting thicker and it isn
    9 points
  33. 2020 firearms season was a big change for my family. After 28 years of hunting public ground for firearms season, I made the investment this spring on 80 acres of woods and alder swamp that adjoins a good friends farm. So this year we had a group of 8 hunters covering 180 acres land. Best of all after a couple of years full of loss, my father joined us again for deer hunting, that alone made all of our seasons. The Anyfish family however, seemed to struggle a bit on our new piece of land. As us four only harvested one antlerless deer. I took me 4 1/2 days to see my first deer. H
    9 points
  34. I harvested this 8 pointer on Wed, Nov 11 at 6:50am north of Princeton. I didn't think it was this big when I initially saw or shot it. Only when I walked up to it did I realize that it was bigger than I thought. It has a 20.5 inch inside spread and 4 inch diameter bases. I hunted for 6 of the 9 day season and saw deer every day except one, including several smaller bucks. My Father also shot a corn fed doe with a bonus tag so I gave the big old rutted up leathery buck away. I intend to do an antler mount display. Its the second biggest buck I've ever shot. I also saw 2 black bears, a
    9 points
  35. I wanted to bring my tools home and try to finish rebuilding my outhouse! It certainly was unusual to be there this time of year and not have to worry about getting iced in. In all seriousness, I am a good planner and resourceful guy. I was wearing my life jacket, had plenty of emergency tools, spare clothes in case I took an unintended swim, and had a plan for if the boat sank. I've done a ton of solo camping in my life and enjoy the challenges of doing things solo. In the end it was a beautiful weekend, I got a lot of work done, and our new neighbor was able to follow my path an
    9 points
  36. Well, just wrapped up my last day in Grand Marais. All the smaller, shallow lakes are locked up with ice, or will be after tonight. Lots of snow up the trail, but getting around on back roads wasn’t a problem. I stopped and fished most of the trout lakes around the gunflint and arrowhead trails...the ones that weren’t frozen over anyway. My dad didn’t see a single grouse...I saw one at the start of the arrowhead. I didn’t hear a single gunshot while I was out fishing. Saw 1 moose, 1 bear, a few deer, foxes were everywhere! And even saw a fisher run across the road. Saw just about every animal
    9 points
  37. Had an amazing fall fishing day on Saturday. Ended up with 25 total walleyes. 26, 25 3/4, 19 3/4, 18, 16, bunch under 16. Also caught 3 crappies. 13 3/4, 13, and 12.5. In the 21 years I’ve fished Vermilion I had never caught a crappie. Attached are some photos.
    9 points
  38. Not from Vermilion but the 7.5 was from the area. The 6’s were from central MN. The 7.5 was weighed on a digital scale that was confirmed with a certified scale when we left the lake. I watched that one come up and grab the bait. Somehow I managed to wait for the turn before setting the hooks. It rolled and I told my brother “Get the net - this is the biggest smallie I’ve ever seen! Took about a half hour break after to collect myself. Bro said he hadn’t seen me come that unglued on a fish in years. Bro can’t take a good fish pic so this is him holding my fish.
    8 points
  39. Better yet, here it is ..
    8 points
  40. The creek is about as low as I have ever seen it.....That means the fish have less place to hide I guess The bite up and down the river has been very good most days. Evenings still seem to produce better results than the morning bite. Weightless senkos or swim baits have produced the bulk of my quality fish in the last few weeks
    8 points
  41. I’ve been catching some big males out deep again. Grass in 7 to 12ft has been where I’m finding them. Either drop shot or jig under a float with 1 to 3 inch gulp minnows
    8 points
  42. When you found them, the walleye were active this weekend. Most successful approach was pulling crawlers on bottom bouncers and spinners. A few nice 18” west side walleyes were good to see instead of the 13” small ones. Morning was way better than afternoon. Fishing flats and shelves in 20 FOW
    8 points
  43. Muskies will eat very large food items, yes. However, they’ll also eat mayfly-sized stuff when given the opportunity. This one ate a tiny 1/16 oz maribou jig on 6lb line on Thursday morning while bass fishing. Watched her eat it and then just hung on for the ride. Love me some musky slime! ha
    8 points
  44. Eyeguy and I decided one last trip was in order to close the ice season out. We found decent ice conditions N of St Cloud within an hour- hour and half drive, though even here shorlines are really looking rough, and the snow they got definitely didn't help much. Anyway, we started drilling and catching in 13-15 ft of water, over the tops of the weeds. Problem was, the crappies were 10 inches on top end.... So we started drilling, and drilling untill we were pulling up weeds with the auger. This is where we ended up finding the big ones . The Best area was right in the weeds,vor i
    8 points
  45. couple pics Royce forgot to post, lol. Action has been up and down this week, fortunately, there were a few good days. Top pic is my new buddy, Hairy the Hare lip crappie Second pic is of the once a year occurrence I actually kept some fish
    8 points
  46. Here are a few pics of some of what I have been using this winter. Everyone is well aware of how effective plastics can be for panfish... But have you tried the new hard baits? Most of the time, they don't need added bait, you can fish them plain. I have found great success this winter with the Clam pinhead minnow, both the jointed and non jointed version. For some reason , the crappies and big bluegills love this bait..often preferring it unbaited, this is especially true for the jointed version.. I have been using small spoons with great success for years on panfish... just never found one
    8 points
  47. Here's some recent game cam pics from Up Nort
    8 points
  48. Reminds me of a fishing opener trip about 15 years ago. Myself and two buddies were fishing Wakemup Bay. Ice wasn’t fully out as there were big patches of slush floating around. It was cold and windy but we still felt obligated to drag rigs on Saturday. Then it started snowing. After an inch or two of snow built up on the deck of the boat, we had no fish but enough snow for a proper snowball fight. I had quit paying attention to where we were drifting we ended up getting 2 lines snagged. Trying to backup the boat to free the lines resulted in plenty of cold water splashing us. One guy
    8 points
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