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Hoey

Ice already?

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No - just the stormy horizon.....  🤤

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srj

Cool pic, Hoey.

Last week fished Thurs and Friday. The rock bite was very slow for me even when fish were on top. Lots of very nice rigs on the water for the NWT championship. Leadcore was the name of the game for the 30 or 40 tourney boats I saw on Thursday. It appeared to be a day long grind with many boats fishing the same general area.  Quite the massive payout for first and second place in that tournament  I caught a fair number pulling a spinner and shiner in the mud but crankbaits worked better. Friday I fished a good bit shallower outside the gap and found a fair number of nice fish. I would think the shoreline bite should be happening before long.

Good luck

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Hoey

SRJ nice report.  Here is mine.

 

We (wife and I) hosted a neighbor couple for the weekend.  So did not want long, wear-you-out runs out to the mud, my least enjoyable place to fish. 

 

Was out for 3 hours on Thursday late afternoon.  Fished deep sand, near mud off local reefs, more or less scouting since I got a big one there the prior weekend.  Caught five total, kept a 16, released a fat 25. 

 

Friday we fished 10am to 4pm, on some shallow flats (8 to 20ft), scouting again, Went through all 50 of our crawlers.  Ended up keeping 9 or so eyes and 6 nice perch.  Fish for dinner!!!

 

Saturday we got out early and off early, 8am to 1pm.  Again fished shallow flats and some shallow rocks, and ran out of bait again, this time was 60 crawlers.  Each of our guest got fat 26 inchers.  Wrapped up our limit of eyes.  No sauger at all this trip and some more perch.  We cleaned-up and participated in a local barn dance.  

 

It was fun and great weekend.  Our neighbor, he had never been on big water, nor fished for eyes, and he did well.  I hope they look forward to another trip.  

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srj

Good fishing Hoey. Hopefully, the near shore bite kicks in over East here soon....I'm with you on the mud bite...least fav way to catch them. However, when it is the only bite going, I sure appreciate it. Not sure when I can chase them around again as we leave for Saskatchewan next Saturday and that is usually the highlight of the year. It would sure be fun to take a bit of fishing equipment with as it drives me nuts seeing guys bank fishing on the N and S Saskatchewan rivers. Just not enough time.

 

Good luck.

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Hoey

Heck the weather is not being very cooperative with fishing out of a boat.  I was at my cabin two weeks ago and only fished for an hour.  Planning to be around this weekend and seeing nothing but cold, rainy, and breezy conditions.  I usually take the boat in for year-end service around Halloween, looking forward to a couple of nicer days.  Not this year, the boat is getting dropped off for service on Sunday.  Good-bye to a very nice summer and crappy fall.  I can not wait to say hello to the ice fishing season.  Oh - I did invest in a Stryker outfit this weekend at Thorne's mod event and two fully thermal houses to get er started.

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I'll be up the 2nd and 3rd weekends in October. Pontoon gets put to bed the 1st trip with the wife and kid and the cabin gets shut down for the season on the second trip for the last hurrah with a couple of buddies. Take the boat home and get that winterized before deer hunting. Before I know it I'll be looking forward to next May. Here's hoping for a good snowmobiling season!

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I have had a couple years where early Nov snow prevented me from picking up the boat at the dealer following service due to too much snow in their yard and at the storage lot.  Nice dealer, he says "just leave it here and we will do a spring start-up for you."  Other years, picked it up and the boat and trailer got coated in slush, sand, and road salt.  Yuk!!!  

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Hoey

View from Rocky Point.  Lake is ready to freeze up, but I do not believe the winds are going to fully participate.

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Poseidon

Went out of Adriens Road on Saturday. Holy cow the ice is rough. Traveling off road is slow and bumpy as there are large ice shards everywhere. Fishing was pretty bad for us. We moved 5 times and tried depths from 16-24 feet. 2 guys kept 6 fish and released another 6 dinks. Fished 8am - 5pm. 

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Hoey

I fished Friday and Saturday.  Yes the ice is rough and full of ice heaves and piles, for the first mile or so. 

 

Friday I fished 22 ft along shore line breaks.  I caught 10 fish in the first 4 hours with one keeper.  At 330pm to 4pm, things changed as I could not keep up with the bite.  Probably caught another 20 or so.  Ended the day with my 4 eyes and one nice sauger.  Fish for dinner and breakfast.

 

On Saturday I ventured out a little further to 26 ft.  One fish caught and kept in the first 4 hours.  I headed back to the Friday spot, got setup and at 3pm it was gang busters again.  Ended the trip with my 4 eye and 2 sauger limit.  

 

Ice was 12" thick consistently and this was on the newest ice, smooth, clear, and spooky.  No one else out there that I could see or hear.  Nice to see an end-of-day bite again.  Seemed like the past two years there was no end-of-day bite.  

 

Not much snow on shore or on the lake.  I took my snowmobile out.  Before I headed home I noticed that my slides/hyfax had a ridge on the side, like it melted and oozed.  I have not seen this before.  So now I am wondering if this occurred during this past weekend or was there previously.  I am googling this to see if this is an issue and how to repair if needed....  I did drive over quite a bit of shredded ice chunks and my track would not have had contact with snow.....  

 

Good Luck and be safe!!!

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Ballyhoo

Your hifax will do that because of lack of snow which lubes and cools them.  If your hifax are wearing, you can usually smell a burnt plastic smell.  In these conditions, you also have to watch your engine temp as it requires snow hitting the coolers to cool them off.

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Sculpin

On another note, you could have gone to the 8 fish limit effective Sat. Dec. 1st.  

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17 hours ago, Sculpin said:

On another note, you could have gone to the 8 fish limit effective Sat. Dec. 1st.

Sculp - You are totally correct.  After my post that you are referencing, I began to wonder about the sauger component of the limit, since the DNR commission recommended changes that harmonizes the winter and summer limit of eyes and sauger.  Those changes have not been implemented.  I just check on this a day or two ago.  Thank you reading my post and your attention to detail.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Hoey

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I've been out the past three days and heading out again this morning.  Fishing is good with plenty of good eaters (14-16") and some nice slot fish as well.  Ice is clear and slick due to the lack of snow but don't have too much trouble with my snowmobile slipping as long as i don't drive like a maniac.  Ice thickness is right around 12-15" a few miles East of 5 Mile.  In the bay the ice is relatively smooth but as you venture further East it seems to have broken up and refroze but nothing to really worry about except a bit of a rougher ride.  I've only seen one crack worthy of speaking of and thats a couple miles East of the point in Warroad.  I managed to "skip" across it 2 days ago but had to find an alternate route coming back.  I don't know how far North it goes but it is crossable at the Southern most point.  I haven't seen any DNR trails marked as of yet but I have seen 5 mile reef does have a plowed road.  $10 contribution fee is what he asks.  

 

Good luck everyone, be safe....hope this helps

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