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  1. It’s coming fast! I’m guessing March 26th for birchdale
  2. Hookmaster


    A little long winded but I'm excited to share. Got out on Tonka 4 times this week. Yes, I'm retired. Bought the Milwaukee 2803-33 and put it on a 6" lazer hand auger that I've had for 20 years but have never used it since I have a gasser too. Very impressed by that set up. Also gave the LiveScope a good work out. Monday afternoon found the sunfish and crappie suspended over a 40-foot hole. Saw fish with the LiveScope with the first set of holes and drilled a few more to get on top of them. Kept 3 of each for fish sandwiches. Tuesday afternoon in the same hole but near the ridg
  3. papadarv

    Rush Lake Chisago

    Son and I decided one last trip before ice melt on Rush. Lots of slush at access, probably unpassable by next weekend with 40 to 50 deg. temps next week. 25" ice with 4" packed snow on fishing area. No hot spot just area with 30 so wheel/skid shacks. Drilled a few around orange marker found nothing, flasher lit up at blue marker suspended 15 to 28 ft. 36 FOW. Bite non existing put everything down, colors, plastic, variety. Got 3 at 9 to 11 inch. Talked to several anglers, same results. Love the floor I built for the flip no water/slush everything dry.
  4. If you intend to fish past Sunday, you'll need a new 2021 angling license. Additionally, the deadline to remove permanent/overnight fish houses is Monday in the southern half of the state. If found unattended over night beyond the deadline, enforcement officials can confiscate the house itself.
  5. Hey all...I am a noob ice fisherman and want to be as safe as possible... The lakes around my area have about 2 feet of ice and the warm weather the past few days has me nervous driving my Ford Ranger on the ice... I am assuming that I should not be concerned yet BUT I just wanted some reassurance before I go this evening. *There is no major flow in the lake FYI* Thanks for any help and sorry if this is asked too much!
  6. Coho Salmon are unlike any fish I've ever targeted. There's not a ton of opportunities to catch these fish through the ice, so to be able to do that makes it that much cooler. Went went out on Lake Superior near Duluth, MN. This was on Sunday. Such a cool experience!
  7. On the south end... A warm up triggered some nice walleyes and saugers up on Lake of the Woods this week. A mix of walleyes and saugers with some pike, perch, eelpout and tullibees being caught in 29-33 feet. Using a bait with rattles or vibration to attract fish is helpful. On the deadstick, try a glow hook with a live minnow or even a glow bead above the hook. Set bait 6 inches to a foot off of the bottom. Try gold, glow colors, chartreuse and pink good color choices this week. Electronics are helpful to show suspended fish as well as how fish are reacting to your presentation.
  8. Hey guys we are all set for our trip to Sand Point May 21, 2021. Plan to fish pike and crappies. I have been going to this lake since 1982 and now have a new generation crew. They have been going 12 years with me. We normally stay in Browns and fish that area and Grassy. We are in King Pin site this year and plan to fish towards Swanson Bay and up and around Wolf Island. Any pointers. Thanks
  9. New rules for purchasing a combination license in MN. DNR adjusts how married anglers and hunters buy combination licenses Both members of married couples who want to purchase a combination angling or hunting license in person will need to be present at the sales location starting Feb. 18, when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin requiring both spouses to provide and verify their own complete customer records on file to purchase a combination license. “These changes will bring the DNR into compliance with state and federal laws that require collecting this inform
  10. On the south end... Despite te cold weather, some good fishing reports up on Lake of the Woods this week. A nice mix of walleyes and saugers being caught in 29-33 feet. The cold weather made some of the fish less active, so coaxing them was key. Using a jigging line in one hole with lures that put out vibration or noise was helpful. That combined with a deadstick in your second hole with either a glow jig or plan hook and a minnow. Keep the jigging line moving to attract fish. Try gold, glow white, glow red, wonderbread and pink. Lures that glow, have a glow stick or make noise are eff
  11. What are the hours for parking at park point? I can’t remember if it’s 6 AM or sunrise, or anything in between.
  12. Just curious how far some of you have walked across a lake to find a fishing spot? I don’t officially know myself, but assume I’ve done 3 or so miles round trip on Mille Lacs looking for tullibee. I’m probably going to try and double that (and more) in search of them again, late in the season. Has anyone traveled via bicycle across ice? I’m considering that too. Oh what we’re willing to do for a fish
  13. Just out of curiosity, has anyone fished in Texas before, particularly the Dallas/Ft. Worth area? I’ll be down there the week of thanksgiving, and hoping to plan a fishing day. Originally, I was thinking of going after alligator gar. But it doesn’t sound like November is the greatest month to target them. So I’m leaning towards a multi species outing, with an emphasis on striped bass. So, just wondering if anyone has been down there and has any guides or resorts to recommend.
  14. On the south end... A good week of fishing up on Lake of the Woods. Cold weather is welcomed as the fish houses are warm! Remember, ice fishing is open through March. A nice variety of walleyes and saugers being caught in 29-33 feet. Use a jigging line in one hole and a deadstick with a live minnow in the other. Keep the jigging line moving to attract fish. Try gold, glow white, glow red and pink. Lures that glow or with a glow stick effective in the stained water. Fish range in size. A typical day will usually include small fish, eaters, some slots (19.5 - 28" to be released)
  15. Been checking out the webcams, and see some ice starting to form on the west end. Anyone else keeping their fingers crossed? Here’s to hoping the power of Lake Superior gives way to this arctic blast
  16. slipperybob

    Shimano Zodias - 2020

    Spinning Rods ZDS270ML I bought the 7' ML Fast action spinning rod at the same time I bought the baitcasting Zodias Rod. Originally I was leaning more towards a L power rod, of which they did not produce such. So I settled on this one as I was looking to replace a Cabela's XML 7' ML rod that fishes well but had that butt weight system that weighs it down. The rod comes with the same 8 Fuji Alconite guides plus a SiC tip like the baitcasting models. I did use the rod to toss a lot of light 1/8 oz. lures, to include in-line spinners, poppers, and Yo-zuri Pins Minnow of including th
  17. slipperybob

    Shimano Zodias - 2020

    Casting Rods: ZDS170MLG I was looking for a medium light casting rod and this one sort of fill the specs I was looking for. These rods retails for around $200 and getting a sale price on them makes them very attractive price point. So I took a feel to it in the store and liked it enough to purchase it. The rod has 8 Fuji Alconite guides plus a SiC tip guide. Split Grip EVA foam handles and a Ci4+ graphite reel seat with an aluminum locking nut. This particular 7' ML model is listed as a moderate action and has a G designation for some glass material in the blank. While I check
  18. papadarv

    Ottertail 2021

    Annual hard water trip to Vacationland resort on Ottertail. Bite was slow probably do to very high pressure. Lots of <12” eyes able to snag half dozen keepers. Resort has 1 winter rental cabin and hard to predict the weather with reservation made in June. Plowed road 1 mile out to the structure break, 18" ice and not much snow so able to move my day wheelhouse around a bit. Trevor (the owner) has a couple rental houses on the lake and offers lake access $20 per trip, $50 weekend pass or $150 annual pass if you bring your own rig. Was a fantastic trip with family and friend. Did have one sma
  19. Duckgeese

    West metro area

    Any reports for west metro, hutch area, howard lake area, Mankato area, cleveland area. First year just trying to find some lakes to fish
  20. Wondering if there are any recent ice and travel reports for Portage Lake near Bena. My wife and I are heading up to fish Winni in about a week and a half and we usually like to hit a smaller lake or two for panfish. I will have my 1 ton with a single axel ice castle towed behind.
  21. On the south end... A nice mix of walleyes and saugers being caught in 29-33 feet. Most anglers catching various sizes of fish, sorting through a lot of small fish to get the keepers. Keeper walleyes running on average in that 14-17" range with saugers in that 12-15" range. Lots of slot fish (19.5" - 28") being caught, photographed and quickly returned to the water to reproduce and fight another day. Some big walleyes over 28" are also being caught. The limit of walleyes and saugers on LOW is a combined limit of 6 fish, with up to 4 of the 6 being walleyes. Walleyes 19.5 - 28" must be re
  22. Ducksngeese21

    Mankato area, Cleveland area

    Has anyone had any luck on the jefferson chain by cleveland or any of the lakes by Madison lake
  23. Ducksngeese21

    West jefferson

    Has anyone tried west jefferson lake lately
  24. Ducksngeese21

    Cedar lake by new praugue

    Has anyone tried cedar lake by new praugue. Just wondering if its any good. Or if any lakes in the lesuer area are any good
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