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  1. IceHawk

    RIP Ron Linder

    We have lost one of the good ones. Had a long conversation with him on Gull lake in a Bass tournament we both were fishing couldn't of met a better person very down to earth classy comical person . He and his brother AL have been my idols since I was a kid. Rip Ron may the fishing gods shine upon you.
  2. Well Today was my maiden voyage on the ice and boy was I stoked to hit the Hardwater again! Felt great to get back on the Hard pack for another season. Plus side was I even managed to put some nice fish topside. I fished the NW corner of the state and found a good 4-5 inches on the lakes and areas I fished. This wasn't the norm though most of the lakes either just capped over or were 1-3 inches. Need some serious cold stable weather to firm things up. Cant stress ice safety and common sense in these early ice periods. Ill continue to post the current ice conditions I come across in my adve
  3. While on my way home from work this morning, I seen that Peltier Lake was frozen over. Clear Lake was probably 99% froze over...looked like a couple random little open spots from geese. To my surprise, Forest Lake was completely iced over. Someone was still busting through ice and duck hunting though. This is very encouraging, as I was hoping to hit the ice this weekend, somewhere north of Hinckley. Tonight’s low is supposed to be in upper teens. Anyone else see other lakes?
  4. Anyone been out for a drive? Did about a 100 mile loop today and things are looking better few lakes that were rolling last week we’re caped this morning. Hope to find someplace to fish next weekend. Got myself in to much of a rut going to work and sitting around every weekend.
  5. papadarv

    NOAA's December

    Looks like NOAA national weather has modified their colder than normal winter with December being quite a bit warmer. May be a struggle to get good ice by Christmas especially Southern two thirds of the state. Getting above average snow (as forecasted) will also hamper ice build. Hope they are wrong.
  6. On the south end... As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers back bays and a portion of the big lake, otherwise known as Big Traverse Bay. Roughly half of the lake is covered in ice with the rest open water. Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice. Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th. When the ice thickens, resorts will begin marking trails where there is the best ice. Stay tuned...
  7. Has anyone been out to check ice on any lakes in area. Heard there was 2-3 inches on strand.
  8. Went out to check some ice on one of my lakes that seems to freeze over before most. 2-3". Still early but maybe another week and ice fishing has begun for me. We'll see. Anyone else getting excited. Now only if cold weather would hurry up and come!
  9. On the south end... Unseasonably warm weather the first week of November saw a fair number of anglers on the water. Once the lake cleaned up a bit as the waters were dirtied up from a big blow, good walleye reports started coming in from various areas. Anchored up and jigging with a minnow in anywhere from 7 - 26' of water has been the goto. Walleyes are setting up in early ice locations nicely. Some big fall pike being caught by walleye anglers jigging. Jumbo perch in the mix with walleyes. On the Rainy River... Some very good reports on the river as of recent. Four Mile Bay,
  10. Had anyone tried and had luck finding worms in late fall. For some reason we have a worm shortage, not I've place in town has had then for weeks
  11. Anxious for ice fishing to start once I am done deer hunting. Couldn't find any records of when Lake Vermilion ices-over (Big Bay freezes completely). I am predicting ice-over the morning of November 14th. Any other predictions?
  12. On the south end... Dress warm and catch walleyes! Some even bring their Mr. Heater in the boat. High temps this week in the low 40's. The water temps are in the 30's and the walleyes are staged in many early ice areas. Good reports on the lake with a mix of small fish, eaters and some big fish. Consider areas on the lake such as the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay and Long Point. Good reports in all of those areas. Walleyes in 7 - 26' of water. Most anglers anchored up and jigging with an emerald shiner. Pink, gold, glow and green jigs working well. Pike are active in
  13. What’s the status of small lakes in the arrowhead? I’m going to Grand Marais this weekend, and the forecast looks pretty miserable I have a feeling I’m going to be busting through ice to launch my boat. But is it at all possible that some of these little designated trout lakes could be locked up completely?
  14. Yup, I started it. Seeing people post about water temps in the low 40s, and knowing that there will be a lot of cold temps this week....we may see the small bays freeze. I have a vested interest as I'd like to make it up next weekend, but have strong doubts that our small bay will be ice-free. Let's hear those reports as the lake begins to change.
  15. DNR has a proposal to remove the dam on the Grindstone River, in Hinckley. The reservoir, which serves absolutely no purpose, is about 27 acres, and is nothing but mud and silt. I’m in favor of any and all dam removals! They’re taking comments via e-mail until November 12. If you want to write the DNR, subject e-mail “Grindstone EIS” to [email protected]
  16. Hey guys, Looking for some opinions from those of you who fish the lake consistently. We take a fall trip every year and have been on the cass chain the last 5 years. Planning on heading to Vermillion this year. We have two dates in mind being either the 18-25 of Sept or the 9-16th of October. Love to be somewhere in the middle but it wont work this year. We will fish Smallies/wallys the majority of the time and planning to stay on the east side. Would any of you suggest one of those times over the other? I am seeing the current weather up that way and its making me a bit n
  17. So the weather really tanked!! I was hoping to fish until November before winterizing the boat. Anyone been out...either reservoirs or up Hwy 53? Any idea of when landings start pulling docks...probably on DNR site huh?
  18. On the south end... The traditional fall pattern of a jig bite for walleyes continues on the big lake. There are various schools of walleyes located across the south shore. A good place to start is 9-15' or 22-29' adjacent to rivers, creeks and bays. Anchor up, jig over the side of the boat with a frozen shiner or fathead. Anglers reporting going through numbers of small walleyes and saugers to catch nicer eaters. Decent walleye reports also from Four Mile Bay in 10-15'. Pike are active in bays and along shorelines. On the Rainy River... Anglers catching nice walleyes in the rive
  19. Heading out to Leech in the cold temps...hoping to stay at least dry. Any reports or bait suggestions? I’ll keep you posted.
  20. Just wondering if anyone else that fishes the Root (especially below Lanesboro) has ever patterned or had any luck targeting sauger/eyes. This is my first year trying for them after hearing whispers for years and I've been surprised with my results. So far I've caught 5 sauger and 4 eyes out of the Root this year, a 17 inch Sauger and a 22 inch eye being my biggest so far. I know the river is a lot better known for trout but if anybody else has had any luck targeting other species I'd love to share reports or tactics.
  21. Finally got out fishing this season, long weekend on Ottertail, Vacationland resort. Lots of wind Fri & Sun, Sat fairly calm. Marked lots of fish but slow bite with a few walleye & perch. Crallers, raps, suckers, shad. Day 16 - 19 FOW deep side of weeds and 6 - 9 FOW shallow side of weeds after dark. 61 to 62 deg water temp. Lots of bait balls at 17 - 19 and suspended at 20 - 25 ft in 40 - 150 FOW. Much needed fantastic weekend. Pics, multi helix 9 SI - DI - Sonar, cabin lake view, Son, Grandson. Hard to believe the monster perch hit a 3" Sucker.
  22. On the south end... With water temps dropping, some beautiful walleyes caught this week. Walleyes being targeted using three methods, drifting or slow trolling crawler harnesses, trolling crankbaits and vertical jigging. Walleyes are located in various areas of the lake, deep mud, shallow water adjacent shorelines and deep water reefs. As a rule, the larger walleyes have been over deep mud and deep structure. As fall progresses, walleyes will start getting schooled up in key areas along the south shore, in many cases relating to shiner runs. On the Rainy River... Larger schools o
  23. Is anyone out there getting tired of all these fishing tournaments? Lake Vermilion just came off an August with way too much Bass tournament pressure. Several folks are really concerned about what all that pressure is doing to our fish populations. The week of August, first week of Sept. there was a 3 day B.A.S.S. event. There was pre fishing all week then the 3 day event. It looked like a swarm of locusts out here on the Lake. People who live on the lake and people who came up for vacation to fish bass could hardly find a place to fish. B.A.S.S does not practice true catch and release
  24. 28 here this morning. Ice fishin will be here before you know it. LOL Might even get here before deer huntin. lol Jim
  25. On the south end... A lot of walleyes caught this week on Lake of the Woods. For many of the AIM tournament anglers, a lot of huge walleyes were caught this week. Charter boats and guides doing a nice job of finding good schools of eater walleyes as well as the slots and trophies. At times, eaters might be in a different location vs the big walleyes. Walleyes are being caught in 14 - 36' of water. Two main patterns, crawler harnesses and crankbaits. Best spinner colors, hammered gold, pink, glow white, glow red or orange. Shiny or brighter colors are good starts for crankbaits. It is
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