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Just got back to very hot Ilinois from a fantastic week at Bowstring. Stayed at Bowstring Shores Resort for the 26th year. Darv, Marjean and family do a first rate job of running a resort. The upgrades they have made since taking over have made this resort a true gem of the North. Fishing was great, with limits of walleyes and good crappie fishing. Crappies were hard to find but once we did the last few days we caught several nice limits. Walleyes were on the small side but 13" - 15" are very tasty! Biggest one was 20" and sevearl 19s and 18s. Of course those 20" Northerns were fun to catch as well. Fished mostly in 8' - 10' with gold little joes fathead minnow and 1/2 oz. trolling weight at slow slow speed. Always our best bait for us on Bowstring. Looking forward to our next trip as I sit here waiting for the 100 degree temps to hit!!!!!

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anyone heard any reports on bowstring now that its covered with ice???????

i am headed that way for new years and may head that way for an afternoon.

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Also headed to Bowstring on Sunday. Plan is to park at the north public landing and travel by sled. I have not fished Bowstring in the winter before, plenty during the open water season. Any trouble spots or sprngs? I assume the landing should be accessible, we haven't had much snow. Correct? Thank you.

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Not much snow on the lakes. Iv'e been on Big Jessie south end 12 inches of good ice, haven't been there yet this year, fished all over Bowstring for years ice is pretty uniform, the many concerns would be pressure ridges if they have shown up yet. The north land should be no problem getting out.

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no report on bowstring, sorry didnt make it. with the weather and supposed wind chill we stayed close to the cabin.

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    • travis_td
      Hi there, I am making sure that this is the location that folks will be posting updates for Ice Fishing on Lake Vermilion this winter (2022).  I think so but want to make sure as I plan on trying to get out next weekend, December 8-11.
    • smurfy
      thanks wanderer.......even reports from lakes like leech gives me a pretty good idea of what the lakes i want to fish will be like. lot of past experience helps, and no doubt wheelers will be used soon.    we had a retiree.holiday union party last night. buddy said that his kid was on little Winnie with about 5 inches of ice and there moving all around the lake!!
    • Wanderer
      Leech lake has been 100% capped for about a week, I think.  Before you say that’s not a small, underfished lake, it’s just an example that you could prolly drive wheelers on your kind of lakes by now. 😉   I’ve been seeing a lot of 5-7 inch reports going into the weekend.  Sadly I haven’t cut a hole yet.  Still working on repairs and updates on our houses.
    • leech~~
      Here's some throw back for yea. Lets your candy azzz E-cutter battery do this!  🤣    
    • Tom Sawyer
      Oh I didn't say I don't own several versions of Teslas, just that until this hell frozen over state changes I'll always find a use for the ice diggin' anchor. Will be a great post hole digger in it's next life use too
    • leech~~
      Yep no puzzy Tesla auger for me until they pry it from my dead hands!  😆
    • Tom Sawyer
      Still waiting for global warming to ditch my Lazer Mag, always in the truck for thick, virgin ice.    Don't know if it's possible, or advisable, but thought I would throw a 8" K drill bit on it to lighten it up. Should be an adapter for such a conversion. Careful what you wish for, probably rip my arm off with a shredding combo like that 😂    
    • rundrave
      Leech I still have my old jiffy gas auger mainly for sentimental reasons. I haven’t used it for 3 years now. The only time I start it up is in the garage just to hear that pop pop pop sound lol   I will never go back and have no regrets going electric. Huge weight saver and with an extension will go through any thickness of ice. Starts first pull every time lol    we were fishing 2 weeks ago Swiss cheesing a slough here in SD on 4” of ice when someone else tried to fire up their gas auger and my buddies and I looked at each other almost in disbelief that someone was still using a gas auger.   pros and cons for sure but I think electric has more pros than cons with advancements lately     
    • smurfy
      any ice thickness reports..........especially on smaller not heavily fished lakes???????   chances are i wont be up till after christmas anyway, but............
    • leech~~
      Let me know when you go again.  I'll being my crossbow and take out the Deer when you kick them up!  😁
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