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Well, after a ton of planning, we finally got out.

The weather yesterday according to the weatherman was suppose to be 3-6mph winds but ended up with 10-24mph winds.

My youngest granddaughter likes to sleep in so I planned on leaving home about 8 or a bit later in the morning.

I got up and made coffee, went to the bakery to get thier favorite donuts and went to the coffe shop for a little talk and a cup. While there, my phone rang and my wife said shortly after I left, the youngest, who likes to sleep in, was up and asked where I was as she was ready to go, I said I will be home shortly.

We got to the lake and wouldn't you knoiw, with the high winds, the fish were not where they were the last few days. I search about everywhere and then went to check the deeper water.

Well, they were there as my oldest granddaughter said look grandpa, the TV screen"Sonar-GPS unit" is full of fish. We had found the motherload suspended in 25-35 fow.

I did not know how well drifting with a spinner was going to work as they were oonly bobber fishergirls. I showed them how to set the hook when they felt a tap and reel it in slowly.

I could not believe what a great job they did and they caught a limit of very nice gills before we knew it and a few nice crappie.

One could not have had a day any better than the one I enjoyed yesterday.

Here are a few pics of the girls and thier catch.

Taylor's gill


Courtney's gill


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That is great Harvey, not too many things are better than watching kids have a blast catching fish. When my boys were young, I would just put my rod in the locker and just help them when they needed it.

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way to go grandpa!!!!!i do the same thing and know the feeling. great catch's by both. good luck.

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looks like a great day! Its tough to beat watching the kids reel up a mess of big gills on the 'mickey (or minnie) mouse' poles! bending over an ultralight with a loose drag is a blast to watch to! Great work, and im sure there will be many more to to come!

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Yes, they had a blast Eric but I think I had even more watching them catch the fish and get so excited.

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
      Earlier this morning it looked like Vermilion froze over last night but now I see open water on the Hibbing Point webcam.  The strong winds must have opened the lake back up.  Tonight the temps drop to single digits and the wind dies down by 5am so it will freeze over tonight.  Expecting 1-2" of snow on Friday with high winds so hopefully the snow will blow off the new ice.  Saturday-Thursday looks very cold with no more snow, so the main lake should get a solid freeze.  Some are ice fishing in Stuntz Bay already, and some braver than I may walk out from McKinley Park this weekend.  I'm going to wait until the end of next week to venture out, although it will be very cold.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... Ice is forming, but other than some back bays, it isn't ready quite yet.  Mother Nature is on track.  Some resorts are making the prediction of December 10th for day houses being out, give or take, but at this point, this isn't set in stone and time will tell.  There are cold temps in the forecast and things look optimistic.  Many resorts and outfitters have been checking ice conditions.  When the time is right, resorts and outfitters will slowly and safely begin marking and grooming trails for ice travel.    Please remember, ice conditions vary greatly in different parts of the lake.  One ice road can have good ice that has been checked and marked while down the shoreline there may be ice not suitable for travel yet.  Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice and stay on the marked trails for safety. Anticipation is high as the walleye and sauger fishing this fall was good and fish were staged in good numbers along the south shore.   On the Rainy River...   Much of the Rainy River is frozen up.  Things are progressing but it certainly needs cold weather and some time. Ice conditions vary and on the river there is current, so much like the lake, we encourage visitors to work through a resort or outfitter for safety.   Up at the NW Angle... Ice is forming nicely and is right on track for this year's ice fishing season.  There has been no ice fishing yet as resorts are simply monitoring ice conditions at this time, waiting until the ice is thicker before marking trails and getting fish houses out. Fall fishing was excellent with walleyes in good numbers along with some monster pike being caught.  All indications point to good fishing when the ice is ready as the fish are there. Driving through Canada to reach the Angle no longer requires COVID vaccinations or the use of the ArriveCan App (which is optional).   For those looking to access the Angle while avoiding customs, there are few options.   1.  When ice conditions allow, the snowmobile trail will be groomed and staked from the south shore up to the Angle. 2.  The Lake of the Woods Passenger service provides round trip bombardier service across the lake.   3.  Lake Country Air provides air service to both the south end and NW Angle.    
    • Wanderer
    • leech~~
      Was just going to post this!  
    • Wanderer
      At least they can all say they were there early!  
    • SkunkedAgain
      I'm still hoping for a sunny warm-up to melt all of the existing snow off of the existing ice, and then an arctic blast. After that, I'm hoping for a giant walleye to hop out of the lake and filet itself before skinny dipping in some batter and then relaxing in a hot pan of oil in my kitchen.
    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
    • gimruis
      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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