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I would love to have a 4 wheeler or snowmobile to get far off the beaten path with my portables. Once we get a lot of snow and the lakes start flooding my wheel house does not venture far from the plowed roads.

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I'm getting a 7" Strikemaster Solo... I'll be ripping holes wide open with that thing. Also I will be picking up a new one portable and most likley a hub style pop up shelter.

It's going to be an amazing season laughlaughlaugh

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The one thing wish I had when it comes to ice fishing is time to actually go. 2 kids playing hockey pretty well puts a bullet in the ice fishing season... smile

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I'm getting a 7" Strikemaster Solo... I'll be ripping holes wide open with that thing. Also I will be picking up a new one portable and most likley a hub style pop up shelter.

It's going to be an amazing season laughlaughlaugh

Decided not to go with the Honda 4-stroke?

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I'll go with the Scout TC from Clam!!

And no, I've seen what the Solo can do and that's what I'm basing it on. I haven't seen the Honda in action yet, I'm sure it's a killer unit but I'll go with my gut and stick with what I know.

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"Would" is the key word concerning a underwater camera for me. And I really haven't done the research to decide on which one I would get. I will probably wait 'til next season or the season after to decide. One very important thing for me if I were to buy a camera would be to know which way its facing like on the Marcum units, or have some sort of device that turns the camera with the flip of a switch or directional pad. Which units have some sort of application for controlling camera direction?

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Aqua Vu has a directional sensor too, as well as the motorized tripod deal.... I'm not much of a camera person but I love my Aqua Vu Micro!! The portability is unmatched and the quality is tremendous!

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RK,

I feel your pain, not hockey but 3 kids involved in everything from A - Z. They all love to fish and they enjoy ice fishing the most, good for me but the schedules can be a B%&#& so we try to reserve March and early April for Lake of the Woods time, and man has that paid off over the years!

Jay R

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Not looking for ice yet-Fall trolling is just getting started! Time for the sows!

Amen Brother, Bring on the big pigs. My Boat stays out till the livewell freezes over most years. I only get 2 times a year to really focus on fishing. Early Spring, and late Fall. The rest of the time I am just lucky.

As far as Ice fishing goes though, I wish a better radio in my portable. gets quiet some days out there.

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Wow this is a quiet posting board. We got snow down here in South Dakota and I heard reports of water temps in the middle 40's down here so cannot be too long up north.

One thing I would like is all of Jim's honey holes especially when he was posting the pictures on FB of him and the kids!

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I hear ya Codeman!! everytime I have time to get out there it's blowing 20mph and it's not too fun vertical jigging light biting pannies in that weather smile

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Jim in 20 mph winds you don't need to jig the wind blows the line enough it does it's own jigging! Last year I didn't even get out ice fishing, very sad I know joys of moving to SD

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Code Man you moved to SD? Where did you move to I lived in Sioux Falls (Brandon actually) for ten years. Wondered why didn't see you on here much. Are you hunting deer up here? If you want to hunt SD and want some info let me know, I can help you out.

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I needed a change from my old job and there was an opertunity for me to move to Tea with the same company I have been working for just a different crop. We've been down here now about a year and a half and I'd be willing to get any deer or fishing spot secrets. My wife and I were hitting Family Park this spring up catching trout. I plan on going home tomorrow at noon and hunt my spot like I always do. hit me up [email protected]

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    • 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.  😕
    • 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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