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fishnhuntnboy

I have just got to say I am ready for the ice to be out and go fish open water. I have a real bad itch to hit the water for opener even tho it is 3 months away. Also watching all these fishing shows on TV isnt helping crazy.gif

So whos ready and what are your plans when ice is out and for open. I know I will be out for those paper mouths

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rowdyf

I am sooo ready! Went down to the Duluth boat show last night and the wife had to wipe the drool from my face...so many boats...not enough money!

I wouldn't mind a few more trips out on the ice in March, but I'm ready for spring!

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sparcebag

I'm really tired of winter! So yes the boat is ready to go in right now,maybe I'll just set it on the ice and wait.

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rowdyf

Dont forget to tie it up! We had a permanent dock one year at the cabin and when spring came, no dock! We found it about a mile away floating along shore...towed it back with a 4hp...I'll never forget that. Thinking about this brings back more memories of opener...ok forget the ice in March, I'm ready

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Loves-Fishing-Guy

I'll be open water fishing this weekend, know need to wait 3 months just come on down here & hit pool 4.

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fishnhuntnboy

yeah i kno after this month when walleye and all ends i will be going crazy even tho i havent had good luck ice fishing anyway this year.

now i am trying to convince my dad on letting me bring the boat up here to ely for bass opener and before college ends for the year.

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sparcebag

 Originally Posted By: Loves-Fishing-Guy
I'll be open water fishing this weekend, know need to wait 3 months just come on down here & hit pool 4.

BRRRR have fun dont forget somthin cool to sip on.

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Pleasant

I am ready, was thinking about it today. Of course maybe it will warm up so can hunt some pannies yet on the ice.

Lynn

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eyepatrol

Definitely ready to hit the crappies and 'gills in open water out of the boat! I love fishing the open water! As long as I can find pannies before the opener, my sanity will stay in check until the 'eye opener. crazy.gifgrin.gif

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Northlander

I love all the seasons we have. Ya at times (50 below wind chills) I wish spring came sooner but overall I really enjoy all the different types of fishing seasons we have around these parts. Heck the best winter bite isnt even here yet. Put on the big boots and hit the ice.

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Down Deep

I start getting the itch for some open water fishing about this time of year. I will scratch that itch in a couple of weeks by taking a trip to KY and meet up with a buddy of mine for some striper fishing. Then return and get ready for some walleye and sturgeon fishing on the Rainy. In the meantime I have to entertain myself peering down a hole and watching the dial hoping for a flash of red.

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harvey lee

I still have some good ice fishing to do. I plan on getting the boat out of storage next week and start to add a few new toys to the boat. It wont be long and one can get on the river around pool 4 & 5 and do some early eye and sauger fishing.

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eyehead

After both of my augers took a dump on me this week... I am ready for the Rainy River in April.

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menomax

The last few winters were very mild, I was really starting to love "gobal warming." Fishing 12 months of the year!! I know that I'm ready to get on the water. My issue is I can't "fish shallow" as my father calls it (that would be working on your boat in the garage), my garage heater is broken and in need of some repair. Maybe I will get to it this weekend, then I can get the boat thawed out and dream of warmer weather and open water.

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delmuts

i try to contain my open water itch, by slowly buying my new stuff for the season. i just got my order from berkely thursday. this will keep me under control for a little while! grin.gif

next order may be some muskie stuff !

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setterguy

I'm ready. While I love ice fishing, I think I was born to be in the front of a boat tossing lures all day. This year is a little extra tough since I got a new boat in October and only got to use it a few times. Lots of rigging to do on it, new electronics, lights, rod holders. That should keep me busy till April.

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menomax

 Originally Posted By: delmuts
i try to contain my open water itch, by slowly buying my new stuff for the season. i just got my order from berkely thursday. this will keep me under control for a little while! grin.gif

next order may be some muskie stuff !

Delmuts- I hear ya--I have a order coming in, I know that it will keep me occupied for a while. Bring on the thaw!!!

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porterhouse

I'm ready. I leave on Wedsnday for a week vaction to Mexico. Come back and get the boat ready for the open water season!!!!!

Brian

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chrisduc

This snow is killing me! Got a tournament in Illinois in a month and it would be nice to get a line wet before we go. I fell through too many times ice fishing so it is either in a boat or nothing for this guy. Come on warm weather!

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LEECH21

Still plenty of time for some good late season ice fishing. Would be nice though, if it would warm up a little bit.

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frogtosser

I just ordered my new pair of costa del mar sunglasses and picked up a rod and reel combo last week so I am slowly collecting new gear for the new season. I will probably go chase some pannies yet a couple times this year.

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Nick Kuhn

Beginning right about now is the time when temperatures really start to warm up over a short period of time. While the wind over snow cover is still cold, you can really start to feel the warmth of the sun. My car is actually pretty reasonable in terms of temperature if I park it in the sun when I head out to lunch. I'm feeling about an early April ice out for the metro area lakes, a week or two later for the north.

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TonkaBass

I heard on the radio today that the sun is as direct to the earth right now as it is in October. Guess it takes awhile to thaw though

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walleyeslammer

I am defiantly ready to slam the paper mouths as soon as the water opens up and maybe head to SD for some walleye fishing if the itch gets really bad. Can't wait, but for now it's chasing big pike under the ice for this guy

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Pyrex

I go to Canada every other year with 10 of my best friends, we just had a "meeting" last weekend, now I have the itch for some open water, I dusted out my tackle box tonight, and dreamed of cussing at the walleye I'll probably miss this opener,(Light hook set!!!)

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    • brrrr
      I camped at a couple sites a few years ago.  no docks, but most of the sites had a half way decent place to put the boat in.  one had a decent log to tie to.  another I threw a couple anchors out back and was able to tie off to a couple trees to keep the boat close yet off the rocks. 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I do not think that there are docks at the overnight campsites but some do have sandy shorelines. Most of the shore lunch/picnic  sites do have docks but are not overnight camping sites. Cliff
    • Getanet
      Thanks for the info guys. Looks like I have some research to do. Chucker, do you know if Hinsdale Island has a place to dock a boat ?  I'd hate to have it banging against rocks all night.
    • Rick
      The new northern pike fishing regulations, which were announced recently and go into effect on the May 12 fishing opener, have three distinct zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

      Each of the zones – north-central, northeast and south – provide protection for different sizes of pike, and there are reasons for those differences. “We’re continuing to let anglers know there are new pike regulations for those who want to keep pike on inland waters,” said Chris Kavanaugh, DNR northeast region fisheries manager. “We also want to share the thinking behind the new regulations.” North-central zone
      The north-central zone is the largest of the three zones, and here the possession limit is 10 northern pike, but only two can be longer than 26 inches; and all from 22 to 26 inches must be released. “We’re responding to angler concerns about the over-abundance of small, or hammer-handle, pike in the north-central zone,” Kavanaugh said. Through anglers keeping small fish but protecting the 22 to 26 inch pike, the objective in the north-central zone is to both reduce the abundance of small pike and allow medium size pike to grow larger. The advantages of growing larger pike are twofold. While protected these medium size pike will eat small pike, helping reduce abundance of small pike. And when they eventually grow out of the protected size range they will be a more desirable size for keeping. Southern zone
      In the southern zone, where reproduction is limited, the regulation intends to increase pike abundance while also improving the size of fish harvested. Anglers in the southern zone can keep two fish, but the minimum size is 24 inches. “The management issue in the southern zone is the opposite of what’s happening in the north-central zone,” Kavanaugh said. “With low reproduction, stocking is often necessary to provide a pike fishery in the south. Here we want to protect young pike and give them a chance to grow.” Growth rates are much faster in these southern lakes so most will reach the 24 inch keeper size in a few years. Northeastern zone
      In the northeastern zone, pike reproduction is good but these lakes do not have the high density problems of the north-central zone since they still have a nice balance of medium to large pike. Here, it makes sense to provide protection for large pike while they still exist. “The trophy pike of the Arrowhead Region have definitely made some great stories and photos over the decades,” Kavanaugh said. “But these fish grow slowly in the cold water and if too many anglers keep trophy pike here, they’ll be gone.” In the northeastern zone, anglers can keep two pike but must release all from 30 to 40 inches, with only one over 40 inches allowed in possession. Other considerations
      Anglers who want to keep pike will need to be prepared to measure them. Those planning to take advantage of the expanded bag limit on small pike should familiarize themselves with the extra cuts it takes to fillet the fish. New pike regulations do not affect border water fishing regulations or special regulations that cover individual lakes, rivers and streams. Darkhouse spearing regulations for pike differ slightly and those regulations are listed in the spearing section of the regulations booklet. For more information on the new zone regulations visit mndnr.gov/pike or contact a local area fisheries office. Contact information can be found at mndnr.gov/areas/fisheries or in the printed fishing regulations booklet. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
      The lingering cold weather is delaying ice-out on Minnesota lakes and rivers, which could make it difficult for DNR crews to have the 1,500 public water accesses it manages ready in time for the May 12 fishing opener. “I want Minnesotans to know that we are doing everything we can to get ready for the fishing opener,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, “but mostly what we need are warmer temperatures and sunshine.” There are approximately 3,000 public water access sites statewide, and the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division manages about half of them. “Winter weather is always a challenge to Minnesota’s public water access sites,” said Nancy Stewart, water recreation program consultant. “Because of the late ice-out this year, DNR crews will have a shorter window than usual to get boat ramps and docks ready for the May 12 fishing opener, but we will have as many of them ready as possible.” Every year, repairs are needed at hundreds of sites, because freezing temperatures and ice cause concrete to crack and buckle on the ramps. In some years, crews can get a head start on that work, even before ice-out, but this year the snow has prevented them from assessing damage, and the ramps can’t be re-leveled until the ground thaws. In the meantime, crews are busy rehabbing docks by, for example, changing bumpers and wheels as needed so that they’ll be ready to pop in when the time comes. “Even if every last dock isn’t in by the opener, there will be places to fish and boat,” said Stewart. Helpful resources on the DNR’s Public Water Access website include: A map showing where ice-out has occurred. Phone numbers for DNR Area Offices for updates. Boaters and anglers can also get their questions answered by calling the DNR Info Center: 888-646-6367 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday). Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • Rick
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    • chucker1101
      There are 11 sites on/around Hinsdale Island, managed by the State DNR through one of the local parks (used to be Bear Island, it now might be Soudan Mine Park). Here's a link:  http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/destinations/state_parks/lake_vermilion_soudan_underground_mine/Hinsdale_map.pdf I think they're free to use, first come / first serve.  #11 is my favorite. I've heard that the ones on Hinsdale island have occasional visits from bears.
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Check the lakevermilion.com site for a list of public campsites on Lake Vermilion. Cliff
    • gunner55
      We'll be making a trip in to GR again. in the next couple days. See what it looks like then.
    • TomWehler
      Hi I don;t know really if there is a list or not? Hmmmmm. good question? How do ya find out? I do know House boats tie up n camp to some of the smaller ones. So guessing fair game for campers also?? Fast simple way to find out those islands n locals might be to call Vermilion Houseboats n ask a few questions or drop by with a load Hoogies.  That 4 sure get some answers... KEEP OUT, PRIVIATE PROPERTY signs, Boat Lifts, docks ~ cabins n Reputation and of course GUNS n DOGS take care of the lite work for rest of us island owners. : ) 15 years ago Bonnie n I were going fishen an teasing Marauder crew of our hounds NO BOAT TODAY!  We jumped in boat on back dock, told them to have fun, be back soon. Driving around front of island to tease them an pick up front docks we see a boat pulling in to east side of island. I motor over an I ask if I can help them. Two dudes, kind of laurel n Hardy type couple. They say hey man, you a lake cop? Were on vacation an don't want no trouble, Go %$# @#$%^ an back off we are here 1st an need to take a dump. Before I say anything Bonnie says, well bud yer on private property an if you like staying healthy you should get back in yer boat really fast or you gonna know why in 10 seconds. : ) "Yeah well no one can own an island so just back off.....this aint nothing to do with you" That is when the four hounds turned corner of shed full blast in silent sneak attack mode.  : )Guess they were wrestling or chasing frogs or simply in shock that we did not let them in boat cause it took them about 1 minute to react to the voices. But maybe they were just waiting for right moment to GET IT ON! Becky arrived 1st....Buddy, then Barney an then Bailey....... One united big bark turned the dudes heads an you never seen two guys leap into a boat so fast just shy of four mouths full of teeth.... : ) Fat guy flew over the lil guy what seemed like 10 feet right into the bow of boat. Lil guys legs moving so fast to climb into boat an move it off show at same time all while screaming top of his lungs........HELP HELP HELP!!! Bonnie just says as I motor along to front docks to get hound pals.  "Talk to the hounds, this aint got nothing to do with us ~ remember" Fun couple of minutes! Later out on lake they apologized an asked info on places to camp an were sorry for being real DICKS. Told them to maybe got to DNR office in town an ask them about island camping as at the time I had no idea. Actually got to know them pretty good an laugh about this online every summer when they come to lake or when see them on lake once in a while. : ) Keep on rocken! T