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cookie129

It was a great chance to learn and work together. Jonny P lost a back window and I bent the I bar on the red baron. Tony also enjoyed working as a team. Lets hope we never have that situation again. The wife said that Ford front end was 6 feet in the air before it came out. When Jonny stretched the tow rope out I hammered it and ducked down on the seat and went by feel as I was afraid if that rope snapped it would come right through my windshield.

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Another season of big game fishing has came to a end. Its never been easy for me to call it a season as I really have loved  working on the lake. This year because of my car accident I did not get to

Well I have dropped the ball with my winter fishing reports. Nov 19th I dozed off while driving and crashed my car. I over corrected when I hit the shoulder and that's about the last thing I remember

Talk about dropping the ball.  Wow what a crazy 6 months it has been.  Will start  with opener. She was a bit chilly but that did not keep the fishermen away. The public access was the busiest

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Ya. I used a 6 foot bar to release the hitch lever while Cookie and Tony got in the back of the house and jumped up and down to get the hitch released. It was not a fancy operation but an effective one. smirk

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Looks I made the Cookie Report! Im the guy tryng to un hook the house. Yes that pour soul missed the bridge by a long ways. Luckily between Cookie, Tony, Kelly P and I we had him back on the road and headed for home safely for the price of a road fee.
You are the kinds of guys that make me even go out on lakes like Red or Mill Lacs. It's great knowing someone out there will come and bale our butts out when we make mistakes and need help!

Nice job guys! wink

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Its was a ball and hitch. We dropped the fish house and then were able to release the house fron the hitch. Then the guy wanted to put the house back up but I had blue thunder hooked to it snd I pulled it away.

Larry Dan,David and Dustin headed home today with a mess of perch and 13 walleyes. They also caught a few to big. The best fishing was the first 3 hours they were here. They had a great time though and said we will see ya next year. I know they ate good as I missed out on a prime rib Dan was cooking last night. I dropped a small genze worm tip with a minnow in minnesota this morning and had a big fish on for about 10 seconds. It peeled out the 20 or so feet of line on the rattle wheel. With such little line on the rattle wheel I never had a chance, all though it did not get the lure it did get off. Oh well maybe next time

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Lyle showed up wednesday while I was out of towm.He store his fish house here at my place so I gave him directions of where my houses were so he coule fish in that area. Lo and behold when I goy out there he was set up 26 paces form arizona. To funny I could care less How close he was but was hoping if he was a bit away he might find a better spot as there s so much ubfished out there its ridiculasfull-1934-17423-426010_357176497635164_1

They had 6 last night and needed two more before they leave this morning. I wanted to get a pic but they had fillet them up. I did mention they are not spose to do that but they played stupid I guess.

This weekend is the slowest of the seasom I have arizona monta and california rented the other two are empty. I plan on fishing minnesota after I move it today and will also sey florida up incase we get a last minute call with the temps dropping dowm to minus 20 tonight you naever know.

I decided to leave california where it was as its a freebe for a friend of a friend and had to reauger the holes and it was a good reminder why I would rather move a house then re auger as its tough on the body and tough on the auger. I will not be doing that again. Dan mel and thetre friends are coming up and Dan is going to cut down some trees for me in return for using montana so thats a good deal as a logger I talked to wanted 1500 dollars.

After the weekend I have another slow week tell thursday when my bro comes in with 3 buddies from chicago.It will be nice to see him and should be a good time. Arizona is open the 17th 18th and florida and arizona are open the last weekend of walleye season.

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With two houses empty making the rounds this morning went quick..I also was able to stop and talk to a few other fishermen. All had about the same 2 to 4 keeper fish since yesterday. A couple to big and few perch mixed in. I talk to two different people fishing in shallow and they each had caught one today. Arizona had 4 this morning, Montana had 2 and they landed a 35 inch pike this morning. California did horrible and second guessing I should of moved it but I just had to know if it was burned out in that spot. Ralph brother is spearing over by the pressure ridge and saw a walleye. While I was there I saw a perch. I sure would like to just fish in a dark house like that as it would be like fishing in a aquarieum.

I'm now headed out to drop a line in minnesota after I work on the red baron for a few minutes.

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Chalk up another weekend. Arizona did the best this weekend. Ben and Julie and the kids were gone saunday morning before I could go say good bye. So no idea how they did saturday night.

Dan @ Greg did a outstanding job cutting down the trees I needed taken down on our lakeshore. I'll have plenty of cleanup to do once walleye season closes. We cut down atleast 20 big trees with a couple huge basswood and ash I beleave? Now I will be able to store the house's on higher ground.Mel and Peanuts have fished hard in montana while the guys worked and since they landed that big pike saturday morning it has been slow with just a perch here and there.

Ralfh and his friends were in california. I knew a Ralfh once and he legaly changed his name to Lee.

They did not do well at all but had a good time. Since they did not do well They had onion rings with there beer batter. They had a small dark house and tried spearing. Ralph did see one pike in the 30s. They also saw a walleye or two so I may bring a hous over to that area.

I spent two brief evenings in minnesota. The first night I just used the gas lights and no power. Never marked a fish .Saturday eve I had the generator going 20 feet from the house. I had all the lights on and a movie going on the dvd. I ended up catching 6 fish 3 walleyes and 3 perch . 2 keepers and one to small%7Boption%7D

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I still may have a chance at a crappie there and I will be in and out of minnesota alll week before I move it.

All 5 house's will be moved this weeek. Warren and his pals roll in thursday from chicago,Peg and Jim will be here wednesday and thursday for montana.

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Headed out to check on Ken, Scott and Wendall in florida. They had to nice 16 when I arrived. I walked in set down jigged Wendals rod and had a fish on. Missed him got down another minnow and nailed a nice 16 1/4. Scott and Ken were both marking fish while I visited. Ken got another 16 and missed another at the hole. Then Scott nailed one so just like that were up to 5.

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Gregs early morning pike on his noodle rod

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not saying this guy isnt ( nice fish ) but some people i see using a gaff on a fish thats getting released need some education on a proper way to use a gaff. i personally try not to use them unless the situation really calls for it.. i allways take my time with it and try to get it right under the front of the bottom jaw.. i watched a guy few weeks ago that made 3 wacks at the fish gouging his head untill he got it.. sadly not sure the fish made it after that. i allso try not to lay the pike on the ice if i can help it. i thinks thats why u see so many pike with a clouded eye, there eye freezes on the ice.. i really try to be carefull with big pike ... by the way nice fish ( no blood is allways a good sighn)

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Gaffing a fish you mean to release? Really? Thats a new one to me, obviously it's bleeding some...I just can't see that thats a good pratice.

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I'm sure in the excitment you want to see the fish and do not think about the consquences of damaging the fish with a gaff. I think it was 36 and lets hope it survives. Earlier this year Ty was up and they landed a 46 with out a gaff and the kid that grabbed it had some nasty wounds on his hand.. Most fishermen that visit red lake and tie into a big pike becomes the biggest fish they have ever caught

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The wife Kellie and I spent 3 1/2 hours fishing in minnesota last night and having valentines dinner. The dinner was wacking ,shrimp,baked potato and broc;y.We enjoyed watching the movie Money ball which the wife liked witch surprised me

.We each even managed to catch a keeper a piece.

Today I will be moving florida and minnesota to new spots as my brother will be arriving from chicago tomorrow. California and montana will be together for Bob and his sister.

Peg and Jim arrive today for montana and will be here two nights. I'm thinking of moving arizona next to the north shore pressure ridge .

I would like to find a spot a little deeper for California and montana next to rough ice for the weekend as Bob is a dedicated fishermen and will be pounding the ice for two days looking for a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie.

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Peg and Jim did real well in montana and peg even lost a crappie at the hole. Minnesota nd florida are together and Kay and gary fish in florida for the late afteernoon yesterday. They ended up taking home 5 perch and 2 walleyes which makes this a great spot as they never do that well.

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So far the weekend is going real well. My brother has not driven me to drihk and everybody is catching a couple of fish. I'm headed out to move arizona and get it ready for Dave and his wife. Boy are they going to have the room a 5 man sleeper with 2 people. Tomorrow morning when warren and his crew leave I will be humping butt as I prep and move minnesota and florida before The wifes brothers and sister roll in for two days.

A couple pics from the weekend so far

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My brother just hit the road. They ended up taking 4 limits home and had a great time. I will be heading out shortly to move minnesota and florida before the wife brothers and sister roll in.

Bob and Tony were pounding the rough ice behind montana and california yesterday and doing real well. Tony, Kristy and maddison and will be going home with 12 nice keepers.Bob stef and the boys are here one more day .Lets hope bob can find a crappie or two. Dave and his wife had one when I stopped at arizona last night and I will see how there doing when I head out in a bit

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Wow have i been busy. The wife sister and brothers did not do as well and went home with 8 keepers plus a dozen perch. We got dumped on with snow monday night and tuesday and wednesday were spent opening up the main road and the trails running to my houses. Tuesday I took the red baron to the houses to make sure there was not flooding from the drift and buried the red baron. I guess I should of called somone as it took me a hour and half to dig out and it wiped me out. I was totaly drained. Yesterday I spent the day moving snow and moving montana and california to new spots. Today I will prep montana for Julie and her husband and then get the other 3 houses moved for the final weekend of walleye.

Jake will be up tonight chasing crappie for two days so I will be cutting a few trails for him.

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Wow what a ending to the walleye season. Florida with Jim, Sten and Dusty pounded the walleyes and Sten figures they caught 40 walleyes in less then 24 hours. Minnesota also pounded fish .Montana did not do quite as well. California and arizona also did not do as well as it seemed friday into early saturday the fish were just snapping. Nahten and Al checked into florida late saturday afternoon and got there 8 plus nate landed a 34 inch pike yesterday in the snow storm. All in all it was a great final weekend for walleye.

I would like to thank Hillmens/Buddy Hillmen for letting me go out of his resort/camp ground and it sure has been rewarding working on one of the best ice roads on red lake. For some reason I had a couple customers try and slide by with out paying there road passes this season. Please if your getting a house from me get the road pass before we hit the lake as it looks bad on me and I do not appreciate some one trying to scam out of 10 bucks. The walleye fishing was spectacular in my books this year and I'am all ready looking forward to next winter.

Another special thanks goes out to all my customers Thanks so much and I hope to here from everyone again next walleye season.

Now the plan is to chase perch and the elusive upper red lake crapppie for a few weeks and vacation in old minnesota on the ice.

A few pics from the weekend

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Here on upper red lake we got pounded with snow yesterday. Unbeleavable,totaly unpredicted. At least 6 inches. If there was a weather man standing here I would slap him up side the head :bonk: I will be spending most of the day reopening the hillmens main road instead of fishing like I had planned. Then plowing out my houses which i would of moved had I known there was going to be this much snow. Jake and Jonny are going to fish the fish eye all day. Once I'm done working to day I will be fishing old minnesota watching lord of the rings triolgy.

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Jake and Jonny are going to fish the fish eye all day.

Just to be clear as I was already called and asked why I did not have time to go a basketball tournament but had time to go fishing all day; it's a different John.

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This mother nature is no unpredictable, should be fun getting my last 2 houses off. More money on gas and time, my fault I guess. If I would have pulled off it wouldnt snow another inch, leave them on and it snows a foot. Thats how it works. At least its two and not six in different locations. Well I guess it an oppurtunity to chase a few fish. Good luck cookie on chasing some slabs hope you get into them.

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OOps John is my son and jake is a friend.

LOL, ya I know. Got me in trouble! eek

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Gotta be careful Jonny, paparazzi around every corner trying to get the big scoop. It comes with Star Power..... cool

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      On the south end...  A fun week of walleye fishing as the water temps cool to the low 60's and fall colors have started.  The walleye are transitioning to fall locations.  Three different methods used to catch walleyes this week.  Drifting spinners, trolling crankbaits and anchored up and jigging with a minnow, which is becoming more effective each week.   Walleyes setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.  Jigging with a frozen shiner or live fathead has really started to be effective.  Give it 30-40 minutes and set up in a different spot if there is no action.   Congrats to all MN Tournament Trail tournament anglers this past week.  The winning team had a 7.52 lb avg per walleye for 10 fish.  There are a lot of big walleyes in Lake of the Woods right now. Daily limit is a combined limit of six walleyes and saugers (with up to 4 being walleyes).   Don't forget the slot, 19.5" - 28" must be returned with one allowed over 28" per day.   Fall is an excellent time to fish walleyes.  If you like the jig bite, anchor up and jig over the side of the boat for a very enjoyable and typically memorable day. Pike are active and most are caught but unsuspecting walleye anglers.  The feedbag is definitely on.   On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River.  Some good runs so far, good angler reports and nice walleyes being caught.  Fall on the river is nice as a small boat will work just fine. Most walleye anglers on the river are anchoring up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow.  There are 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from Wheeler's Point through Baudette to Birchdale with lots of boat ramps.   Sturgeon activity has picked up as well with good fall reports. Up at the NW Angle...   Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 - 31 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow continue to be effective.  As water cools, minnows on some days are outfising crawlers.   Areas with structure continue to hold fish.  18 - 27 feet are good starting points.  Jig and a minnow is the goto on structure and neck down areas. Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater.  A lot of fish are caught on figure eight. Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S.  The various plastics on a jig are working well.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details. Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.    
    • smurfy
      There working on getting a high draft choice for the top of the line college QB, new head coach and GM 🤭🤪🤫
    • leech~~
      After the first game I thought, may be we have a kicker at least? 🙄
    • mtheis
      The wind was crazy when I was up for the week.  And talking about lake levels, I had to adjust my Humminbird down 1 foot to make the water level the same as the lake map depth.  Just an FYI.
    • JN13
      Model 93R17, Great shape and super accurate rifle, target barrel and accutrigger model, BSA Sweet 17 scope 2-7 × 32, adjustable bipod, stock and barrel in excellent shape, comes with 3 boxes of ammo (150 rounds), asking $400
    • gimruis
      You can't make this up anymore.  37 yard kick for the win and he pushes it right?  Somewhere Blair Walsh is laughing at us about this.
    • JN13
      Excellent shape and it's a Henry-smooth action, 25 rounds through it, 2 boxes of ammo included, hard to find model, asking $350.
    • JN13
      Hard to find model, 5" barrel and two tone, really nice shape, one box of ammo through it, need to have ptp, asking $1200.
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