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I might be able to get up this weekend and ice fish for the first time in years. How is the walleye bite these days?

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Skunked,

The bite has been very slow for me.

Moved the houses again and caught a 16-1/2 and a 17-1/2 in a couple of hours of fishing the first morning.

17' to 20' of water. Mud bottom close to rock.

Small fathead on a bobber got one and the other came on a sucker on the rattle reel.

7:00am to 9:30am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm have been the only bite times for me.

Cliff

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Was good for me 12 days ago (like northern suckers on #4 glow-red 3-segment jig), but that was a long time ago. I'm heading up to fish tomorrow thru Sunday, so I'll post my findings. Unfortunately, that won't help you this weekend. Good luck, and stay warm (I'll be trying to stay warm in my small portable hovering over my Buddy heater).

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Thanks guys. I'm not sure that I'll be thrilled to set up my portable tomorrow morning when it's -22 or so, but I'll surely catch the Saturday night bite and hopefully the Sunday morning bite.

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Fishing was much slower this weekend for me. I caught 4 eyes on Friday and only 2 on Saturday. I didn't fish today due to a severe headache. All of the eyes were 15-17½" except for the 28" (8#-9oz)personal best shown in the pictures below. This fish really bent over the med-lite rod, and made a couple of good runs. It barely fit through the 7" hole; lucky I had chiseled the bottom of the hole to lead the fish in. The -34°F on Saturday didn't feel very cold since there was absolutely no wind. It was very beautiful out that morning. full-28432-29762-dscf0191.jpg

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That is a beauty!

I went out Saturday afternoon after fighting with my snowmobile for an hour or two. I got finally got set up around 4:15pm on the west end. First drop of a minnow to the bottom got a taker. The rod was bent over, it kept stealing line. The fight ended at the bottom of the hole. I saw a belly flash and then she snapped the line. That got me excited to sit there for another two hours without a bite. Oh well, it wasn't that cold out at least

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    • travis_td
      Hi there, I am making sure that this is the location that folks will be posting updates for Ice Fishing on Lake Vermilion this winter (2022).  I think so but want to make sure as I plan on trying to get out next weekend, December 8-11.
    • smurfy
      thanks wanderer.......even reports from lakes like leech gives me a pretty good idea of what the lakes i want to fish will be like. lot of past experience helps, and no doubt wheelers will be used soon.    we had a retiree.holiday union party last night. buddy said that his kid was on little Winnie with about 5 inches of ice and there moving all around the lake!!
    • Wanderer
      Leech lake has been 100% capped for about a week, I think.  Before you say that’s not a small, underfished lake, it’s just an example that you could prolly drive wheelers on your kind of lakes by now. 😉   I’ve been seeing a lot of 5-7 inch reports going into the weekend.  Sadly I haven’t cut a hole yet.  Still working on repairs and updates on our houses.
    • leech~~
      Here's some throw back for yea. Lets your candy azzz E-cutter battery do this!  🤣    
    • Tom Sawyer
      Oh I didn't say I don't own several versions of Teslas, just that until this hell frozen over state changes I'll always find a use for the ice diggin' anchor. Will be a great post hole digger in it's next life use too
    • leech~~
      Yep no puzzy Tesla auger for me until they pry it from my dead hands!  😆
    • Tom Sawyer
      Still waiting for global warming to ditch my Lazer Mag, always in the truck for thick, virgin ice.    Don't know if it's possible, or advisable, but thought I would throw a 8" K drill bit on it to lighten it up. Should be an adapter for such a conversion. Careful what you wish for, probably rip my arm off with a shredding combo like that 😂    
    • rundrave
      Leech I still have my old jiffy gas auger mainly for sentimental reasons. I haven’t used it for 3 years now. The only time I start it up is in the garage just to hear that pop pop pop sound lol   I will never go back and have no regrets going electric. Huge weight saver and with an extension will go through any thickness of ice. Starts first pull every time lol    we were fishing 2 weeks ago Swiss cheesing a slough here in SD on 4” of ice when someone else tried to fire up their gas auger and my buddies and I looked at each other almost in disbelief that someone was still using a gas auger.   pros and cons for sure but I think electric has more pros than cons with advancements lately     
    • smurfy
      any ice thickness reports..........especially on smaller not heavily fished lakes???????   chances are i wont be up till after christmas anyway, but............
    • leech~~
      Let me know when you go again.  I'll being my crossbow and take out the Deer when you kick them up!  😁
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