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Hey Bill, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. It has been a crazy ride at work since I got back. "I went to Maryland for training right after getting back from the lake". Yeah we didn't do so hot with the walleye and we were all pretty dissapointed other than that 40"er I pulled through we had one 22" slot also pulled through by me and a couple keepers. I think for the 4 of us we ended up with 4 tullibee, 5 Sauger, and 3 Walleye. By the way have you heard anything about Schusters since it became Slim's. I'm planning a trip for the first weeken of March and Riverbend is booked up.

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Jeff, had a couple of E's from other guys up there and sounds like fishing overall is kiind of slow. Some isolated reports of good fishing but not overall like some past years. There was a post on her early this year regarding Slims and it was positive, so I'm thinking your should be good to go with them..Haven't seen or heard anything negative...Paul from Riverbend had some pretty decent reports here last week. Just got an E this morning from a fella I know in Wisc who was just there and he said it was slow, he was out over Pine. I've fished with him and he is very good and definitley not afraid to try different presentations....hope you have a good trip....

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Thanks Bill, a buddy and I are taking our wives out with us so it would be nice to get into some action for their sake. I'm fine just puffing on cigars and drinking beers if the fish aren't cooperating but I think they would find something to complain about to make us miserable if the fish aren't biting!

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You doing a sleeper or day house and lodge at night? I think they will run you out in track vehicles, don't t think they plow there own road, might be wrong though. Hope you get into em for the girls sake, especially a 28"pout, that should make there trip a memory

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Bill we just got back from RiverBend. We were 13 miles over Pine. 3 of us kept 20 for two days with 3 slot fish bigest 24. Not a hot bight but enough to keep you on your toes. Had some friends right next to us in a house and they got a 29,25,23,23,22 in two days, but only kept about the same as we did. Paul has a good area and dosnt want to get off it, so he is just bumping the houses around.There is plenty of fish there, just need good weather to get them to go on a BIG BITE!!

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Bill we just got back from RiverBend. We were 13 miles over Pine. 3 of us kept 20 for two days with 3 slot fish bigest 24. Not a hot bight but enough to keep you on your toes. Had some friends right next to us in a house and they got a 29,25,23,23,22 in two days, but only kept about the same as we did. Paul has a good area and dosnt want to get off it, so he is just bumping the houses around.There is plenty of fish there, just need good weather to get them to go on a BIG BITE!!
Were you marking quite a few more than you could get to bite?
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No Dusty, we didnt mark a ton of fish. But we did get most of the ones we saw to bite. Had to work them a bit somtimes

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Only ice. Good report sounds like an overall decent bite considering the weather ups and down. Don't blame Paul for not wanting to re invent the wheel, staynwithnwhats working

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    • leech~~
      Have you ever read the history of SPAM! It's very interesting! 🤭
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum and thanks for the ice report. I'm sure more reports on other lake will start coming in as more folks brave the ice. 
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end... It is ice fishing time!  Some resorts (not all) have pulled out fish houses and it is game on.  Some ice trails are marked and open.  Check weight limits on each ice road as conditions can vary. Resorts who have fish houses on the ice will typically transport you out to their houses using light ice rigs for convenience and safety.   As we often say, ice conditions vary greatly on Lake of the Woods.  Some resorts have trails marked across Four Mile Bay out to fishing areas in front of Pine Island on the big lake.  Some resorts are not quite open as the ice where they go out still needs some time to thicken up.   Watch your favorite resort / outfitter social media pages for up to date info.   Work through resorts and outfitters on the ice, stay on the marked trails for safety, please don't exceed weight limits and drive slowly on the ice. Anticipation is high.  The early ice bite is normally very good!   Please remember to Keep It Clean, pick up everything around you and secure your garbage. On the Rainy River...   The Rainy River is frozen up.  Some locals who know the river have been checking ice and ice fishing with some walleyes and saugers in the mix.  As ice thickens, more areas will become accessible. 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... Resorts have been monitoring ice conditions and starting to stake trails.  They are not ice fishing yet, but the ice is looking good and some guides scouting for fish give the thumbs up.  Stay in touch with your favorite NW Angle resort for further info.   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.    
    • thefishingpublic
      Any update on ice fishing? Was out on Green yesterday and there was about 5" of ice from the launch. Didnt push it too far. Really slow fishing.    Anyone fished Ann lake in the past year? Update? 
    • Coleman
      You're not fishing too far from home I see.  I was going to pop a couple holes on Saturday to check the status, I'm on the other side of the point.  Did you mark any fish on those bumps?  
    • smurfy
      no friggin way i'd let them worthless friggin pelicans do that. i'd make me a life size leech lookin scarecrow!!!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭   just joshing ya leech!!!!!!!!!!🤗 but i seriously wouldnt allow that  to happen!!!!!!!!
    • Mike89
      seem then birds do that too!!!   it is interesting the way they herd the fish and swoop in on them...  
    • smurfy
      yep, like leech said, best asking and going through a resort on the lake. i dont know anyone that would rent out there own personal house to someone else.   google Winnibigoshish resorts you'll get a bunch. i personally like highbanks!!!!!!!
    • leech~~
      Welcome to the forum.  Those are some pretty specific questions that are best answered by the resorts on the lakes that rent houses. Let us know if you find any good deals! 👍
    • gimruis
      I have a story about Elk Lake.  Last spring after ice out, I was crappie fishing out there in one of those shallow back water areas that hold dozens of puny crappies.  I caught over 100 in a couple hours.  I went back a week later, and one of the land owners came down to his dock and told me that a couple days earlier, a flock of pelicans was in there gulping up crappies as fast as they could.  Literally.  He said they would herd them into a corner and then other ones would swoop in with their gaping mouths/beaks and suck em down like a vacuum.  They did this for 2 days straight until there didn't appear to be any crappies left in there.   He said he considered putting a halt to it because they are gluttons and he could tell it was going to make a sizable dent in the crappie population, but he let it go because it was just "part of nature."  Needless to say, when I was back there fishing the second time, I didn't catch a single crappie and I had caught over 100 a week earlier.
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