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Looked at it yesterday and it looked like a big slushy from DQ.

Very loose, with visible wave action underneath. Depends on the wind, it'll be there one day and open water the next.

I looked from Duluth up to Two Harbors - Don't know beyond that.

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Heading for the Canadian north shore in the morning, good ice and still snow on top, and lots of fish. Might have a couple weeks left on this end.

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Thinking of coming down there 2 morrow . Is the shore fishable or not? any info would be great. thanks

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From the Two Harbors breakwall, The bay is frozen solid,it looks like its frozen from Agate Bay all along shore to Knife River. 3:00 this afternoon. I didn't check Burlington Bay or north of TH.

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The shoreline was locked up at the French yesterday. I'm not sure what the winds did to things today. When I say locked up I'm not saying that I'll be out on what ice there is but I know that I'm not able to fish from shore. I'll give it another look tomorrow.

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I hate to keep asking but has any body been down to the french today? what is the latest conditions? I know I cant be the only one wondering that. Thanks.

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As of 5 minutes ago...:) I just live 2 miles up the ryan, so I ran down and had a look for ya:) There is a shelf of questionable ice about 30 yards out....the same ice that ice fishers have been on for awhile, but it looks pretty sketchy now. Beyond that another 100 yards of floating chunks. I'd call it unfishable, and theres no one there now, but I guess someone might sneak out there in the am and chance it. Not me. Stiff offshore wind right now, but i don't think it will change much.

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Thanks for the updates. I am interested in hearing about conditions as well, Josh M. i got a new combo that needs some breaking in smile

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thanks traveler. I know how fast it can change down there. Yesterdays conditions mean very little most of the time. so up to the hour info is very much needed some times.

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Traveler,

Thanks for the info you saved me a trip up to take a look also. I'm hoping that things improve by the weekend or the begining of next week.

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No problem guys. Like I said, I'm 2 minutes away and can usually pop down to take a look.

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5 PM update....broken ice has the french unfishable. A few houses in the Mcquade harobr, a little room to cast there. Good flow and some open water at the Lester. River is NOT open or fishable, just a good amount of water flowing over the ice.

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Thanks again traveler. now all we need is for that off shore wind to suck that broken ice out to the main part of the lake and we will be casting in no time!Maybe tomorrow?

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thanks for the reports traveler i wonder if a guy could get his boat in somewhere like mabey blue bird landing.

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Yeah someone did go through on wednesday. about 4 feet of water, they were stuck in their shack trying to get out as it was sinking. I ran over and pulled the top open and helped them onto the ice then get their shack. No more fishing at the french, at least if you wanna fish in the future.

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I didn't drive up as far as bluebird, but theres probably junk ice there. You could carry down at the Lester with a canoe or small boat, but with all the loose ice around trolling would probably be frustrating. Soon...

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the French remains pretty messed up this AM...broken ice chunks/sheets, and no wind to move em' out. But you could cast to a few open spots if you're really anxious:) There were open water casters at the tal and the lester yesterday as well.

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i am starting to get stocked up again for loopers,it has been a few years since i have had a chance to get down there and was wondering what size krockodile spoons would be best?also is there anywhere i could find 1 pound rolls of 3/16" or 1/4" pencil lead and surgical tubing around here?i used it all the time when i was in washington it works great just like a slinkie but you can trim it to adjust the weight,thanks.....

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I prefer 5/8 oz krocs...The French and most of the shore from the Lester on out is now mostly covered with a band of chunk/slush ice, thanks to todays east wind:(

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dumb question sorry... what is a looper, i know its some kind of trout or salmon... and how do you catch them, sounds like something to do until i can get out to fish for walleyes again, just wondering. what is the season for them too... sorry for pesting everyone.

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A looper is a strain of rainbow trout that is stocked each year to keep the fisherman and women happy. just do a search on here for kamloops or loopers and you should find all the info you need.

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Traveler can you take a look down there tomorrow and let us know what you see I think I might take a drive down there Monday if there is a chance for some open water fishing.Thanks for your reports so far.

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JM, we've got a lot of wind right now, might be mixing things up down there. I'll see at noon...

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thanks traveler,i thought they were 5/8oz but wasn't positive.one more trip down there and i should have everything i need.

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
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    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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