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This will be the third year a bunch of us get-to-gather to fish and meet for lunch on the lake. It's not an overly thought out event with races or feats or great effort. Just a bunch of people getting together to meet and grill some dogs at lunch and have a few cold ones "because pop gets cold on ice" grin I think I heard rumor that that "brat" guy will be there with a few friends and some homemade brats as well.

It's Potluck so bring what you can to share. HQ will be in about the same spot by a white pickup and a Green Saturn Vue with sled trailer on it! Or just smell and look for Brats cooking? grin

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I was there last year and will be again this year. It was a great time and maybe this year I'll catch a fish on top of it, but if not, I know the food and company will be great!!! Thanks for the post, Leech! Jim

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I was on Grindstone last Wedsnday with Archerysniper and Polarispro and we ended up spearing one pike but seen lots of trout. Wish I could make this one sounds like way to much fun.

Have fun and please post a ton of pics.

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I was on Grindstone last Wedsnday with Archerysniper and Polarispro and we ended up spearing one pike but seen lots of trout. Wish I could make this one sounds like way to much fun.

Have fun and please post a ton of pics.

Thanks Gordie. Here's a switch for you. I was on Big Watab Sat and seen more Pike then Trout down the hole, but I was Trout fishing. frown I did end the day with one nice one. smile

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Have a good time you guys. Wish I could make it but life happens!

Oh come on KG243 we only get to fish with you once a year!! frown
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Leech I would love to come but some new things are coming down the pipeline for the job market and I need as much time as possible with the family before it all hits hard and fast! I really want to get up there but it just isnt working out........... yet any ways!

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Forget what happened last year, but was unable to make it. I'm gonna try hard this year.
Sounds good DonBo, the more the marrier! smile
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Anyone that has never been to this lake but would like to go the GTG next weekend on Feb 9th. Here are the GPS cords to the RED Barn landing.

N 46 07.894'

W 93 00.773'

The Red Barn and boat landing where you can also get on, is off the

W Grindstone Rd down the west side of the lake on the north end.

Hope to see you out there for some fishing and lunch at noon on the lake! smile

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It looks like it maybe a pretty warm day for the GTG. Here is the forecast for this Friday night and Sat, for Sandstone MN.

Hope to see you up there. smile

Friday Night

Overcast. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 9F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday

Overcast. Fog early. High of 32F with a windchill as low as 9F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.

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3 days to go until the GTG. If you have no plans for this Sat and have never fished the lake give it a try or just swing by for lunch on the ice. Read back on post to see where HQ will be setup. Bring something to share if you can or just drop in and chat.

I may even give up one of my Laker spots on the lake! frowngrin

It's not going to be anywhere near big as the Burntside bash but if you can't make it up there for that one stop in and say hi at this one! smile

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leech, you're going to have a grill going? If so, I'll probably bring up some vennie steaks. Maybe some brownies? smile

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I have been intrigued by this lake for quite some time, but haven't fished it yet. This sounds like a good opportunity to get an idea of how to best fish this unique lake.

I am going to do my best to get up there on Saturday and see if I can learn a thing or two!

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leech, you're going to have a grill going? If so, I'll probably bring up some vennie steaks. Maybe some brownies? smile
Not sure you will need any steaks as the plan is to have a ton of home made smoked brats. But I can bring one if some people would rather have grilled brats then boiled? wink
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Okay, just the brownies then. No one ever turned down a brownie, right?
Nope need those extra calories for energy to stay warm in the winter! grin
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I have been intrigued by this lake for quite some time, but haven't fished it yet. This sounds like a good opportunity to get an idea of how to best fish this unique lake.

I am going to do my best to get up there on Saturday and see if I can learn a thing or two!

Nowthenjoe hope you can make! smile
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Sorry, doesn't really say. GTG will be near the red barn landing? Noon?
Opps, read the 10th post down. I guess I didn't put that on the first one.

It will be out to the right of the Red Barn Landing at Noon. See 10th post down from top one! There are GPS cords to the Landing if you have never been here. smile

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The weathers going to be around 30 so it should be pretty nice out. Dress for it! wink

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And don't for get your Auger and Flasher! wink

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Here's what I'm driving. Stop and say hi if you like. We're coming early to try to catch some trout.

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I have an HSO hat to give away for the largest trout brought to the GTG lunch.

Looks like it's going to be a nice day, see you all there!

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My plan for the day is to start fishing Rainbows in the morning and Lakers after lunch. I will be there from sun up until sun down riding this around the lake if you see me running around. Honk! grin

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Sure if you like moving around a lot! You can be the hole driller! grin

Done! See you bright and early.

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Leech...Is that you with the ax? Hopefully you won't be running around like that!!!

No, I'm the one with the Jager! grin
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If I am able to make it out there tomorrow, what are your recommendations for a good starting place? I have never fished trout through the ice before, but from what I have heard, they move shallower to feed in the winter.

I plan on bringing some waxies, suckers and crappie minnows. Are tip-ups a good idea? How about for tackle? Spoons and Jigging Raps?

If I can get out there, I will be in an old red Ford F-150 and a Shappell Hub Style house.

Thanks,

Joe

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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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