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Walleye Inn

Good report Matt. Thanks. This is my first winter ice fishing this area and appreciate any advice(fish DL and LOW area previously). Not looking for spots but did you put most houses out deeper? 30ft? I was out on East side of Bemidji last night a few hours off a steep dropoff in 27ft and just one 13in eye. Green or gold have been what I've been trying most. Anyone have a go to color out there? A bit of snow out there now but makes for easy banking of the house.

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Matt Breuer

I hear ya'! The day we put them out there was litte-to-no snow, so banking was a chore. We had to plow then shovel. Almost wish I had waited a day! The snow is already making for slushy conditions out there...

We have houses scattered a bit. I like to fish no shallower than 19' of water early. 33-39' of water seems to be the best in the areas we like to hit early. 22' in another spot is great, but it's a whole different structure over there. Bemidji is great, because you can find fish in 6' of water in the weeds and 55' of water in the holes. So many areas to try, so much structure to explore. Keep digging and you'll figure out a pattern in the area you're fishing. Break the lake down in quadrants and hit 'er hard... wink

I've been using a red-spot glow Demon Jigging Spoon with a shiner head. It's caught all of my fish this year. I tried a Chubby Darter and had fish zooming in, but they wouldn't commit. Tells me the fish aren't as aggressive as some years early. Oddly though, they won't touch a dead-stick or bobber for me. Subtle pounding of the spoon has been the ticket. Make sure it's glowing.

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northspear

first time on the bemidji forum. I have two houses out a dark house and an angling house both on the north end. Just got the angling one out today. Im out on the KiKi bar anyone know how fishing can be there? And as far as ice thickness a good 12". but there is trucks driving out there would not recomend that. the ice is cracking and making lots of noise. Lots of slush by the shorline and about half way to the DNR bar there is a line of slush running north and south.

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Walleye Inn

Great report Matt. Fish do seem scattered at all depths just like in the summer. Was out last night about a mile north of Cameron. On my 3rd hole I drilled I went right through...about 6inches of ice only. I was in 22ft. I was glad I was on an ATV. Vehicles were within a few 100yards of me. A couple small eyes last night 330-530pm and 6 perch around 9inch I threw back.Pounding the jigging stick on the bottom then raising it up a bit seemed to get them more aggressive. I've noticed the reglowing often seemed to help too. Good luck and have a good Christmas.

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cluelessfisherman

Drove my truck out today for the last hour of light - 4 eyes, only one keeper. 21 fow - they only bit on the dead stick - wouldn't touch the jigging spoon.

I think I'll be leaving my truck on shore for a few more days again, I was not comfortable with the ice I found & it turned into a slush field by the time I left. I think people are really pushing the envelope this year - please be careful out there!

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woodman

Got the house out yesterday and set up shop in 32 ft of water next to a shelf! Marked lots of fish and lots would come and sniff and go away! Glow red dead stick and a plain red hook caught the majority of the fish. The bite is so light they would pull the bobber down or rattle reel very slow and when you would set the hook you would feel weight and then some of them would let go half way up. Measured a good 15 inches in the spot we are on! grin

Good luck out there and remember it is still better than WORK! Oh, YEAH it is work! wink

Emily (3 yrs old) is bring the DORA pole today to catch all the fish! This should be a great experience! She was mad yesterday since Dora was still in the garage! whistle

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Walleye Inn

Have had the same "sniffer" fish where I've tried as well. They come right up to the bait but won't bite. I tried changing jigs a lot and upsizing and downsizing. I guess I need to find the banjo minnow or something to get them to bite! Good luck with the dora pole...if it works you may see more out there!

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Gettin_Jiggy

Yea what's up with these fish? All they would do is come in an sniff at it. I mark some fish a dusk but nothing hits? SOmetimes a lite bite.

I've moved my house on Sunday thinkg my new spot would find new aggressive fish but it didn't happen. Still same old fish.

Do you guys think 22 fow is to shallow off a bar or hump? Should I go deeper for eyes? like 30-33 fow like Matts says?

I've caught only one fish so far. so need some advice.

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woodman

Good question right now! If you figure it out let us know. We did manage some prch this am, and now getting ready to head back out until dark. Hooked the aqua view up to the TV and watched perch, craw fish and eyes swim by. The perch were pulling/nipping at the minnow head, crawfish wanted some also! That was cool! grin

As far as depth, well I have fished from 14-36 with the same results! I am stumped, but hopefully with this front moving in that will change the bite! whistle Heck it can't get too much worse! cry

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Gettin_Jiggy

Now I know its tough when woodman is having a tough bite. Thanks for the update Woodman and good luck. WHere you at woodman north end? I'm on the south end by the river.

I wish at least perch would come to the hole. The front of my house is in 21 and the back is 24 fow. Don't know what else to do but wait it out.

Here fishy fishy.

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thrax

Woodman, trying any of the shallow stuff yet? I hope to put up some reasonable reports this weekend. Only been out once in this area and iced a few nice eyes and missed/lost a bunch more with a buddy. Deadsticks caught more, spoons and heads caught bigger ones. Bites were pretty light. Maybe see you on the lake, you know where I'll probably be...

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woodman

Have not tried that spot yet, but did drive over it with a snowmobile. The area is full of spear houses this year, more than usual! Heading out to move the house into about 24 ft from 32 to see how that bite is. Had a buddy fishing a spot and he managed 3 eyes and some perch, so the house will go there in the am! Good luck and keep us posted! grinwhistlewink

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Up North

I'm not even getting out of bed tomorrow. crazy

Buck

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Up North

Managed to get out of bed today afterall, no fish but didn't blow anything up either so all in all a good day (ask woodman as I don't want to think about it). A ton of sniffers and lookers but very few takers. Hopefully these storms will shake things up a little and get them back to biting. Good luck to all who get out.

Buck

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woodman

Well I am glad I am not the only one not catching fish right now. Talking to people last night on the lake, one group fished 5 lakes in the last 3 days and the bite is neutral everywhere! mad The waiting game is on, the wife says you have to be in the fish house to catch fish and you don't know when they are going to bite, so off to the fish house we go again! This time I will bring some gas for the generator, so we can charge up the batteries so we can keep warm! grin

Buck- Good to fish with you again, and the TV, Stereo system, radio, and charger are only material items, don't worry about them, we will just have to update them all and sit back and wait for the fish! That should get me a plowed road ALL winter LONG!! wink

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Matt Breuer

I have GOT to hear the story behind the above posts... wink

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HOGEYE

Fished 20 foot depths tonight on Bemidji and the walleyes were cooperative. Managed 4 keepers between 4 and 5:30 pm. Few between 12 and 13" that were released as well. All hit on green and white slender spoons whith a chub head. Buddy fished last night and did even better.

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Up North

I have GOT to hear the story behind the above posts... wink

Well...started out by me getting a nice little generator for Christmas...all excited to go try it out. So head on out to Woodman's shack, fire up generator, plug shack into it and go inside. Sam (my youngest) wanted to check out the AquaView, fine, so while I'm lowering the camera I can hear ice on the roof popping. No big deal, continued with the camera, hooked it up to the TV and and turned it on, heard more popping. This time I was like, okay, what the heck is that noise, don't see anything so must be okay. Then Sam asked if smoke was supposed to be coming from the TV...ah, no, I don't think so. So out the door with the TV. Then I look up and notice smoke rolling out of the dvd/cd player. The generator was popping capacitors and resistors like they were going out of style.

So no more entertainment in Woodmans fish shack for the rest of the year.

Buck

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woodman

All is good in the house, and the entertainment is non stop out there! whistlegringrin

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Up North

okay, I'll admit it...the fish are winning all the battles this season so far. Either people are being tight-lipped, fibbing, or not getting anything to bite. I'm in the "not getting any to bite" category. I've talked to a lot of people and most are saying the same thing. Any good theories? Last year they jumped into the house, not so this year. I've tried about every bait possible, worked through the tackle box a couple times. If you are having a good bite and don't want to ruin your luck by letting out secrets I understand, but anyone doing real well out there?

Buck

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sjlund

okay, I'll admit it...the fish are winning all the battles this season so far. Either people are being tight-lipped, fibbing, or not getting anything to bite. I'm in the "not getting any to bite" category. I've talked to a lot of people and most are saying the same thing. Any good theories? Last year they jumped into the house, not so this year. I've tried about every bait possible, worked through the tackle box a couple times. If you are having a good bite and don't want to ruin your luck by letting out secrets I understand, but anyone doing real well out there?

Buck

Same thing here. I mark a lot of fish on the marcum, but can't get them to bite!

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woodman

DITTO

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Matt Breuer

I think you all must be fishing in the same holes! And if you are, you need to move... wink

I agree, it's much slower this year than last year, or the year before, but I'm still seeing and hearing most people catching between 2-10 fish a night. Almost everyone I've talked to, in every depth over the last 2 weeks has said they get the flash bite right before dark and again in the morning. Daytime is horrid... I've been chasing perch and they're even finicky most of the day. Tullibee's and panfish are it for me until the perch start to get a fire under them.

For my report.... I was out with the family on Sunday. We fished for nearly 4 hours (by fished I mean watched DVD's and ate pizza). We caught quite a few perch, only a couple of keepers, and we landed 2 walleyes and lost or missed 2 other seeming walleyes. We had to leave right at prime-time because of 2 crying children, and we left with active fish on the flashers. My wife wasn't happy... wink Yesterday I chased tullies for awhile, and did pretty well. Took a long time to locate active pods, but once found, they bit good enough for a trip to the Locker today.

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Up North

Matt, my Vexilar hat like that in the first pic didn't come with a eye like that...guess I picked the wrong one again...dang. Nice eye, and nice hat.

Buck

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Fish Slayer

Matt,

How deep of water are you getting the tullies in?

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Matt Breuer

They're everywhere... I've seen them in 17' of water in the last 2 weeks, and over 50' of water as well. They're coming in scattered at all depths, moving as far as 30' in the water column to hit a bait.

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cluelessfisherman

I'm finding the same thing with the tullies - they seem to be everywhere at every depth. I've never seen so many!

As for the other fish species... not much happening for me the last few weeks. The same old story - lots of lookers, very few biters.

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Fish Slayer

Thanks guys I need to get out and try to catch a few. I have never smoked them so I want to give it a try.

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Jarrid Houston

Hit the Bemidji waters of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantanganette this weekeend. We were able to locate the perch with no problems, but had to pick through them to keep a few keepers. Did end up icing my personal best walleye on Plan tan on Saturday night. 27", also got a few jumbos and a smaller eye. We did let the big fish go, as always!.. Good trip cant wait to hit her again!

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Steve Foss

Mmmmmm, tulibee for the smoker for folks, and great forage for toothy critters! smile

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