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3 day trip with Bobs out of Warroad


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Hello All, we just returned from a three day trip with Bob's ice fishing out of Warroad. We used the day house option while staying in Warroad each evening. Bob was kind enough to let us use a 6 man sleeper as our day house and with three boys ages 7, 8 and 10 the extra room was a tremendous bonus, Thank you Bob!!! The fishing was very steady with walleyes averaging 17 inches with 6 slot fish caught in our house. For me the high light of the trip was watching my ten year old son catch a 26 inch walleye and a 36 inch northern pike in the last hour of fishing the second day; the pike effectively ended our second day by wrapping up our 7 other lines that were down at the time.

We were able to eat fish after the first and second day and catch a walleye limit to bring home for each of us the last day. We also experienced tremendous perch fishing, icing 60 some perch; all over 12 inches and most in the 13 to 13.5 inch range. The hot lure was a white glow deamon with an orange top and shiners were the prefered bait. Most of he perch spit up 2 or 3 shiners when landed. Our house was in 24 foot of water but we spoke with guests in houses out to 28 feet and they were doing well also. As you all know the Warroad area has a crack to deal with and the first two days the bomber ride was 17 miles in length (one way) to get us to a safe crossing point. The third day Bob found a shorter route with a safe crossing just 7 miles in length so the hour ride the first two days was reduced to 20 minutes the third. I gotta give a shout out for Bob to anyone looking for a sleeper or day house trip to LOW. Bob was very accomadating offering personal service and his equiptment and fish finding ability is top notch.

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C and H Thanks for the report! You probably ended up in the 6 man we were supposed to have last week... We ended up rescheduling due to a family issue that came up with a couple of our guys going up.. Good to hear he is getting out and things are going well, we are going mid February now, so I hope he's still on fish!

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Great report, we have 12 of us heading up in mid Feb. with Bob again, we have been going with Bob for 7 years I believe and with Jake before Bob owned it, Bob does a wonderful job and he works very hard for his guests.

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Try .... Bobsicefishing.com I have used Bobs for as long as he has had it and a few times when Jake ran it. I have always had Great luck fishing and Service has always been above average.

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Barnster is right on the website or you can google "bobs ice fishing lake of the woods" and get to the same site. I think it is worth mentioning that for anyone wanting to take young kids out ice fishing on Lake of the Woods that with Bob kids under 10 fish free.

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    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
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    • Harv
      Leech,  that's what I've been reading.  I'm heading up on Friday the 2nd, for the weekend.   Fingers crossed limits are caught
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