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A house for next weekend with Paul and Appledorn's, "The Slayer" turns ten soon and this is becoming a fun tradition. Been reading lots of different reports today, sounds like deeper water away from structure is the key......

Gotta put Slayer on a couple walleyes this year and hopefully an eel pout or two, not looking for honey holes but what lures should we be getting and are we best off bringing shiners up from the local bait shop? Now the hard question, how do we keep them alive......

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Hey - It is Derek Myhre. Was up at Appledorns last weekend. We did ok. All fish we got were at night and on rattle reels. We were in 29 feet of water and marked quite a few fish but they wouldnt bite. Tried everything! All fish were caught on colored hooks with a fathead. Every fish was between 18-27 inches. Take an annual trip up there every year. They run a great business.

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Hey Derek, did you guys bring portables and head out during the day too? I am pretty comfortable on that side of the lake, even if Slayer is not always quite sure about driving on the ice

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We stayed in the house the whole time. Nothing bit during the day. There was some wind on Saturday which made it too cold to move around. Can't beat a warm house with some movies and fishing. The only thing I was frustrated with is the perch bite. Only one the whole weekend and it was about 6 inches.

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Fished the weekend and it was the Dead Sea during the day. We got 1 jumbo in the three days we were there and saw 4 more on the camera. Got our walleyes at night on rattle reels using a red hook and fathead and crappie minnows. Caught 6 of them from 17.5 to 24.5" and lost 4 at the hole and had 2 line breaks. Weather was brutal Saturday afternoon to this morning when we left. Paul and his crew run a top notch operation. Heck they even had someone come out and see how we were doing Sunday night when it was -30 outside. Third year in a row we have been up there through Appledorns and will be doing it again next year. Good luck to you and let us know how you do.

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Macho minnows seemed to work for us. Gold or red. We caught 5 on Saturday afternoon before the wind got so crazy we could not use the portables. We moved out to a spot away from all the houses and marked fish and they hit. We did end up with 6 more out of the big house at night also. 3 fish under 17 and the rest too big. All the fish in the big house caught on set lines.

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My old man and myself went out Saturday, fishing by about 7. We stopped fishing when we thought we were going to blow away in the portable. It sure was crazy windy out there. We were set up in 34ft just off of a flat. We did set up a ways from others Caught a couple that were too big but we were marking fish constantly from 7-11 then periodically after that. The 2 fish were caught on a green buckshot and gold Swedish pimple.

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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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