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any reports from babblers? headed that way nest week for a couple days. curious whats going on? gunna be going out of Dales Ice Fishing. thanks

skef!

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Where does Babblers Road go out of? Not real familiar with roads besides Adrains. Also JSKEFF have you fished with dales before? I was looking at his operation for a trip in March. Would like to hear what you know about him. Can you drive out to your house? Any info would be great to help me decide

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i have not been out with dales before. i have been with bobs and did well with him. that was a feb trip 2 years ago. my trip is not til mon so ill post then. im not familiar with what babblers really is. just know thats a location of some sort to ask about. from what i hear pink is the color? any depths to look for? whats the bite like? any info is good info. thanks again.

skeff

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babbler is next to arnesons last I talked to dale he was booked out to the middle of feb. already and I beleive you can drive to his houses.

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Fished over MLK weekend in Dale's sleeper house and did real well for the weather. His houses are very nice, best I have rented on LOW. Elec, TV, coffee pot, full stove/oven..just like home. Fished with my buddy and his two kids. Kept 14 walleye/sauger and 2 huge jumbo perch sat. Sun a little slower, kept 9 but mostly wallleye. Biggest walleyes were 18.5 and 16.5, but also lots of 13-15in sauger. Total fish count was 48 on the sheet but we didn't start counting until late morning sat after we caught maybe 12-16 with 6 being keepers, the kids lost/missed a lot of fish over the weekend. If Dale has an opening book it quick. It is easy to find Babblers Road, go N on 17 out of Roosevelt on 11 about 15-17 miles till you see sign. Was my first time off Rocky/Long Point area. I will be back again.

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6 of us stayed at Dales last year. First class operation with clean comfortable houses. The big generator that powers all houses is far enough away that you don't even know it's running. We've stayed in a lot of places over the years and Dale is the top of the list. We'll be there again in Feb.

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Plain red hooks caught all the walleyes. I could pull them in jigging but then they would take the fathead on the dead stick. Other setup that worked best was a jigging spoon with a tail hooked minnow with a bobber. But you had to jig the bobber lines a lot. Smaller spoons were bests. Used mostly forage, buckshot, Swedish pimple. Tried all colors but nothing was hot.

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I just got back on Monday from Babbler's area. We fished from Fri-Mon. Fri we set up about 1/4 mile off of north Arnesen's Reef to the east. Fishing was ok but it was not that hot. We got a couple 17.5, 18" walleyes but everything else was saugers and decent ones at that. Sat we decided we needed to move we headed out to 16 Mile reef and set up on the north end. We were fishing by 9 am and had steady action till noon. We then made a necessary run to Warroad a BEER run was needed. The afternoon was not as good as the morning. Sat it was overcast I think that explained some of the slowness. We ended up with around 10 fish for the day. Sun was our best day we caught alot of fish and it was steady all day. A couple more walleyes actually in the dark of the night other wise again all saugers and nice ones. We picked up some jumbo perch including a pair of 13". Sunday it was Sunny and that seemed to help. Monday was more overcast we got the remaining fish we needed. Again fishing was slower. The best lure was a plain gold hook. Another 13" perch Monday as well. Jigging line produced a few fish but not really enought to draw a conclusion on what was working the best. Probably caught 4-1 on set line to jigging. Lots of lookers. A little disappointed we couldn't get anything for size this trip. All and all it was a decent trip as I said not the top trip ever and not the lowest at all. I would say we were right around a 100 fish for the weekend total. Not including all the tulibee that we caught probably had a dozen of those come through the ice too. Travel off road with wheeled house was fair. Never had to break the shovel out so that was good. On the flat there is probably only 4-6" the drifts are what are going to get you.

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better than us on sunday, we got 4 keeper saugers between 3 guys on the south end of arneson reef. Went 2 hours without marking a fish several times throughout the day. 29 FOW. I was talking with someone nearby and they said it was the same for saturday, but friday was ok at best.

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