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forgot to post but went up shortly after my last day. spent most of my time dodging rain showers. did make a few trails chasing grouse but the woods sure was wet. checked out deer stands too. 

 

went fishing once and promptly got rained off the lake. did catch 6 pike with one being 28 inches........its still swimming.

 

headed back up over MEA weekend to fix deer stands and do whatever. i dont expect to get much grouse hunting in as i think the woods will be really busy. maybe get out fishing, dont think the lake will be as busy as the woods. 

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My son is doing the trapping. I just follow him and provide protection.😁 He gets to do all the lifting and carrying. He's training his kids to trap too. If they give out wolf permits then I will be tr

well fellas.......my last official day of employment today.........from here on out i'll be retired and plan on spending way more time up that direction!!!!!!!!   LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭

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came back to civilization this past sunday. was nice tuesday when i got there and got alot of cabin stuff done. wed it rained all day but managed to do inside stuff that needed doing. thursday i finished up yard stuff and did a little hunting. friday finally got 2 grouse 😊 them gonna be good!!!!!!!! sat the kid and i fixed up deer stands but holy moly rockey with that snow was it wet in the woods. finished winterizing the cabin.

 

for me the weather wasnt cooperative to fish, so......... until there is ice the fish are safe from me!!!!!😜 the deer need to worry though!!!! sure would be nice if this snow melted, the ground needs to freeze up some.

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well deer hunting is over for me. wasnt the best of years but we did get our anterless permits filled. my nephew had a short video of a timberwolf he filmed in front of him opening morning, and my brother said he hat a bobcat checking him out.

 

time to put guns away and prep for ice season.!!!!! when i left the cabin monday morning the lake was iced up as far as i could see. NOW the wind needs to let it be and no early pile of snow like the past 2 years!!!!!!

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She’ll windy from Central Mn to the Cities tomorrow!  Hopefully that doesn’t mess up you ice up there!

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52 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

She’ll windy from Central Mn to the Cities tomorrow!  Hopefully that doesn’t mess up you ice up there!

Me too!!! Temps next couple weeks might not help either. But I got all kinds of time now. No need to wait for weekends, it's always the weekend now!!👍😂😊

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Six Saturdays and one Sunday, eh?  Congrats on retirement!

Yeppers, and thanks.👍 since Oct and got my first pension check!!!👍👍

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anyone have any reports on ice??????? wont be up for a few weeks yet but i'm getting the bug. looking at the geigers cam there is ice out in front on bowstring. the narrows has some but sporadic. 

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Just purchased a lot on Bowstring Lake (NE side of the lake).  Was up there today, there were a number of 4 wheelers on the lake (I would guess about 4 groups fishing 1/2 mile out of the landing).  I walked around on the ice, and found a hole and the ice looked to be about 7 inches thick.  There were a couple of side by sides out, however they were right up against the shore or not far off from shore.  Very excited to be on this lake.

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27 minutes ago, WLB0704 said:

Just purchased a lot on Bowstring Lake (NE side of the lake).  Was up there today, there were a number of 4 wheelers on the lake (I would guess about 4 groups fishing 1/2 mile out of the landing).  I walked around on the ice, and found a hole and the ice looked to be about 7 inches thick.  There were a couple of side by sides out, however they were right up against the shore or not far off from shore.  Very excited to be on this lake.

So where are you from the city rd 35 access??  We have a place bout 7 miles north.

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20 hours ago, WLB0704 said:

Just purchased a lot on Bowstring Lake (NE side of the lake).  Was up there today, there were a number of 4 wheelers on the lake (I would guess about 4 groups fishing 1/2 mile out of the landing).  I walked around on the ice, and found a hole and the ice looked to be about 7 inches thick.  There were a couple of side by sides out, however they were right up against the shore or not far off from shore.  Very excited to be on this lake.

Congratulations! @WLB0704

I'll be moving to the area after residency. Tons of great lakes in that area!

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1 hour ago, Kettle said:

Congratulations! @WLB0704

I'll be moving to the area after residency. Tons of great lakes in that area!

oh oh........area's getting a bit populated!!!!!!!!!!!😂😊

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12 hours ago, smurfy said:

oh oh........area's getting a bit populated!!!!!!!!!!!😂😊

Just doing my best to encroach 🤣 

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Welcome to the area WLB0704 we have a place nearby on Sand, just off Co Rd 35 & a few places north of Lakewood Lodge. Been going up there since '64 when the grandparents bought it. Beautiful area, lots of lakes,  &  the people are friendly.  We spend the majority of our year, 8-9 months or so, up there.

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2 hours ago, Kettle said:

Just doing my best to encroach 🤣 

so that means if you move to the area after your residency, that there;s a good chance we could meet up so you can remove a fishhook from somewhere on my body!!!!!!😫😳🤣

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21 hours ago, smurfy said:

oh oh........area's getting a bit populated!!!!!!!!!!!😂😊

Sounds like it’s almost gonna double!

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7 hours ago, smurfy said:

so that means if you move to the area after your residency, that there;s a good chance we could meet up so you can remove a fishhook from somewhere on my body!!!!!!😫😳🤣

Definitely! Removed a ton of fish hooks while I was doing my rural ER rotation. I even carry anesthetics! 

First purchase after loans are paid off will be a big tiller, hopefully I can meet up with a few of you and chase walleye!

Kettle

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Sad to say Mike's right!:crazy: You'd probably have catch a walleye 1st so you could show smurf what they look like.;) He has a real hard time catching walleyes unless his wife goes with him.:DSo he usually only fishes for little sunfish & those slimy toothy critters.:rolleyes:

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48 minutes ago, Mike89 said:

good luck with smurf on that one, he thinks walleye are rough fish!!  

Well I do try to remove some from the lakes when I get that chance!!!😊

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9 minutes ago, gunner55 said:

Sad to say Mike's right!:crazy: You'd probably have catch a walleye 1st so you could show smurf what they look like.;) He has a real hard time catching walleyes unless his wife goes with him.:DSo he usually only fishes for little sunfish & those slimy toothy critters.:rolleyes:

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Dang rough crowd here this morning.😫🥴

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so......where's that ProV been>>>>>>>🙄

 

kettle.........you hearing any ice thickness reports??????

 

i called the bowstring store and the talmoon spur. one says there not using wheelers on little turtle the other one says they are.

 

one says there's 8 inches of ice on bowstring and jessie the other says 5-6??????? only thing they agreed on was they both have spearing sucker minnows.

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I was up Tues and Wed seeing family so not fishing. Driving up 38 from rapids there were people out on smaller lakes with snowmobiles and quads. Friend who fishes south of rapids on a few deeper larger lakes said 4 inches of clear ice. So I would imagine the smaller ones are at least 6"

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11 minutes ago, Kettle said:

I was up Tues and Wed seeing family so not fishing. Driving up 38 from rapids there were people out on smaller lakes with snowmobiles and quads. Friend who fishes south of rapids on a few deeper larger lakes said 4 inches of clear ice. So I would imagine the smaller ones are at least 6"

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