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Sportsman's Sleepers Fishing Report 1/23, and 1/25-1/28

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I found this on their website and copied and pasted it here in case anyone else was wondering:

January 23, 2008

Hello Walleye Hunters! The fish per person average is running about 10-12 per day, which means that you will go home with your limit if you fish two days. Some are throw backs – either too big or too small, but there are lots of nice fish being kept and taken home. This past week has seen lots of action, but the bite has been very light. There are lots of small ones to keep fishermen busy, but the big ones are still out there as proven by Aaron Guthrie of Swanville, Mn brought in a 28.5 inch, 9.5 pound walleye on Saturday the 21st. (See attached picture) The Miller party from Minneapolis, Mn reported the excitement in their house when they pulled in a 26 inch walleye and a 42 inch northern, admired them and sent them back down the hole. Many other guests have told of catching and releasing 20, 21 and 22 inch walleyes this week also.

The guides have moved out to the 29 -32 foot depth range and small gold, red glow and pink jigs with a chub minnow have been working the best. Best bite time is late afternoon and early evening, but there have been on and off action all day long. Fish are hanging close to the bottom and need to be coaxed a little!

Snowbear adventures out to the reefs are still available and can give more flexibility to your fishing prospects. The snowmobile trails on the Lake continue to be groomed and are a fast track to the Oak Island, Northwest Angle areas and beyond.

The Oak Island crew continues to have good fishing also. Lots of catch and release fish are being reported by guests, some 22,23, &24 inchers. Lots of good eaters are being kept, with a nice mix of walleye, sauger and a few perch. The cold temps have slowed the action somewhat and the bite is light – you just need to play with them for a few minutes to get them to bite – is the consensus. Water depths hover around 24 feet with 18 – 20 inches of ice average.

The snowmobile trails across the Lake from both Warroad and Baudette are now both groomed, so hop on your sled and go for an adventure tour of the Lake!

I am heading up there this weekend and will give a report when I return on Monday.

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only ice

I dont see the Picture? LOL

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randyfaas

If you check out their website, they have a video of it.

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Friday through Sunday our group of 5 only managed 22 keepers and threw back many dinks. I got skunked on Saturday, and on Sunday the bite really started to pick up. One guy got a 26.5" walleye on Saturday. Others near us seemed to be doing a little better.

I should mention, though, that our group was drinking, playing dice and cards, and watching movies as much as they were fishing. Everyone except for myself slept in each day until 10:00 am too.

I also wanted to mention how kind and hard-working Dan and Sheri (owners) are. They seem to be working all day long, every day, to make sure that everyone has a great time. On Sunday, Dan was out well past dark supplying everyone with what they needed for the night after his "man-on-the-ice" left early without telling anyone and without finishing up his daily duties.

All-in-all, it was a great trip, and we will be going back up and using these sleepers again next year.

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    • Bigfatbert
      Thanks Cliff for your Pike River deteriorating ice reports and pics . I. Really want to show my wife the hatchery when the action is really happening this year , I would assume you will be right on that when this happens , is there any way that you can give a shout out on here as to just when this scenario is happening up there . With the warmer temps being quite steady now , I would think the run will be rather strong this year when things get going ..  
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    • CigarGuy
      I got the 4 smaller ones the other day. They are a little over 2" long and paid only $6.64 total to my door.  The quality seem pretty good, we shall see once I put them to some use! 
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    • leech~~
      Nice video! Life jackets not needed in Yak's?  Just asking.
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      Cigar guy, you got a good deal. They look like size 7 which is what I use the most for summer walleyes. Fleet Farm had all Rapalas 25% off last week so I stocked up.  I've used them a lot in the last 2-3 years.  If you fish them on rocks... you will lose some.  I try not to use them over the real bad snaggy stuff but sometimes I still do and usually end up losing one.  It takes a little practice, but they work well when you get it down.  
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      Funny, I first heard of this on LOTW also about 8-10 years ago.  They're tasty but honestly I often forget about doing it. 
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      Spending some time in the turkey blind as it’s on solid ground. Had some jakes behind me but they don’t want to play. It’s okay as the have a free pass for now. In a couple weeks they will not have a free pass. If they would have come out I would have taken some photos. Lots for noise as everything is excited by the warm weather.