Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Recommended Posts

14 hours ago, Kettle said:

8"-12" of wet heavy snow fell today with more projected tonight into tomorrow. Every lake I've been on in the past week has slush. Unless you have a short walk and rubber boots you'll get wet. Snowmobile or wheeler traffic is nearly impossible. 

😣 UGH!!! gonna be a longgggggg winter.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 760
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • smurfy

    370

  • gunner55

    106

  • PRO-V

    75

  • snowfighter

    51

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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!!!!!!!!!🤣🤭

mostly packed and ready to hit the road in the morning. hopefully some hunting, fishing, deer stand repair and 4 wheeling.    just hope the weather cooperates better then the last time aroun

well I went on that drive. got up there Friday about 10 am. just a few small open spots on the lake. by even most was gone and what was left the north wind pushed up against the point by us. lot a eag

Posted Images

Other than a trip to Lotw next weekend I'm going to spend the rest of my winter at the gun range. Fishing in these conditions isn't worth the effort.

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, PRO-V said:

Other than a trip to Lotw next weekend I'm going to spend the rest of my winter at the gun range. Fishing in these conditions isn't worth the effort.

well that's not good to hear!!!!!!!! thanks...…...but I had that thought 3 weeks ago, gonna be a long winter. hope the buildings hold up!!!!

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah it's sad but there is a foot of slush alot of places. Buddy of mine up by Antler pulled his small house off. He is on a small lake. It had ok ice but now 6" of water and getting worse. He said a big crack opened up and it's growing. He feared the ice would go bad before the snow melted off this year. I'm not gonna get stuck or freeze up my machine or stand in water to fish.

  • Thumbs Up 2
  • Wow, ❤ 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

oh I hear ya on that, been there done that way to many times. doesn't make it fun no more. worse part is you drive 3-4 hours to get there, got 3-4 days at best to fish and tolerate it. when its this bad...…..i'm not dealing with it no more....to old and much wiser.

 

our lake had a severe winter kill last year and another lake we love to fish appears to have had a complete kill. i'm already very concerned its gonna happen again this year with all that snow on the ice not letting sunlight through.

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
PRO-V

I guess I lied. After this next trip to Lotw I'll be home three days and then going to Canada lake trout fishing for four days.😁 Conditions are better up there.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Yayyyy 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
59 minutes ago, PRO-V said:

I guess I lied. After this next trip to Lotw I'll be home three days and then going to Canada lake trout fishing for four days.😁 Conditions are better up there.

that sounds like fun!!!!!!!!!! good luck!!!!!!!!!!!! how far up you headed?????

Link to post
Share on other sites
PRO-V

Thanks Smurf. NE of Sioux Narrows 27 miles by snowmobile. Buddy owns an outpost cabin there.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...
smurfy

kettle musta got grounded, or a woman interfering...…...🤣🥰 haven't heard much from him lately.

 

all I know is when I went to grand rapids last wed I snuck over the the cabin to check things out and someone piled a 7 ft bank right in our roadway!!!!!!!!!!😫 we wont get back into the cabin till july.

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Kettle
3 hours ago, smurfy said:

kettle musta got grounded, or a woman interfering...…...🤣🥰 haven't heard much from him lately.

 

all I know is when I went to grand rapids last wed I snuck over the the cabin to check things out and someone piled a 7 ft bank right in our roadway!!!!!!!!!!😫 we wont get back into the cabin till july.

I think either of those two options would be better than what I'm dealing with 🤣 On my last semester of graduate school, so time is limited. We did get a substantial amount of snow or it seems that way with the wind and drifts. I'd heard that some lakes did solidify prior to this snowfall some with the previous cold temperatures but I don't know when I'll get out next as I am limited to foot traffic or a truck and the latter of the two seems like not the best idea!

  • Wow, ❤ 1
  • Yayyyy 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

Hope for the best with your schooling!👍

  • Thumbs Up 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

talked to a coworker up by deer river says they got snow up to there eyeballs. lakes gotta be horrendous. sounds like 30 in to 3 ft of snow!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
14 hours ago, PRO-V said:

He's not lying!!

i'd hate to see it now after that new foot of snow.i was in rapids on the 15th before that came, it was a crap shoot trying to get out on hwy 2 with the snowbanks. half the frontend of the car had to be out in the road to look for oncoming traffic!!!!!!😫

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
PRO-V

It ain't pretty. Not seeing anyone on the lakes. Snow on my roof was almost hip deep so I shoveled it off. Finished it off with a swan dive (unintended) face down. So deep I could hardly walk out of the back yard.

  • Wow, ❤ 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

so I caught the weather on WCCO TV this morning. some gal from deer river reported they already have 10 more inches of snow NOW then they did all of last year!!!!!!!!!!

 

if there is a silver liming to this these lakes that have been low should get back up close to normal. the worst of this is, the lake we have the cabin on had a severe winter kill, think this is going to put the finishing touch to it!!!!!!!!!😫😫 it sure is nice to just head down to the dock, jump in the boat and head onto the lake. as I get more seasoned trailering to another lake is hard on this old body!!!!!!!

  • Wow, ❤ 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
PRO-V

I think the tip of the glacier that's forming is by Big Falls now and is inching it's way to Talmoon.😬

  • Yayyyy 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
gunner55
On 1/26/2020 at 4:00 PM, smurfy said:

so I caught the weather on WCCO TV this morning. some gal from deer river reported they already have 10 more inches of snow NOW then they did all of last year!!!!!!!!!!

 

if there is a silver liming to this these lakes that have been low should get back up close to normal. the worst of this is, the lake we have the cabin on had a severe winter kill, think this is going to put the finishing touch to it!!!!!!!!!😫😫 it sure is nice to just head down to the dock, jump in the boat and head onto the lake. as I get more seasoned trailering to another lake is hard on this old body!!!!!!!

Maybe if you changed your diet a little when your up there it'd be a easier.😀

  • Confused 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
On 1/28/2020 at 9:01 AM, gunner55 said:

Maybe if you changed your diet a little when your up there it'd be a easier.😀

my diet is just fine.............its the seefood type diet!!!!!!!!!!!!👍

Link to post
Share on other sites
gunner55
3 hours ago, smurfy said:

my diet is just fine.............its the seefood type diet!!!!!!!!!!!!👍

So that's what you call all that MGL now?😉

  • Yayyyy 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
smurfy

So I reckon lake conditions have improved much up there, had it??

Link to post
Share on other sites
Kettle

Down in the cities this month for rotations, back up in March. Hoping for some good late ice conditions

  • I Like it 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...
smurfy

any idea what lake conditions are up there??? particularly around the bowstring/jessie lake area????????? i may have a couple weekends in mind to head up now that we got plowed out!!! i NEED to see if we have any live fish in the cabin lake!!!!!!!!!!!🤔🙄

  • I Like it 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Kettle
On 3/6/2020 at 8:47 AM, smurfy said:

any idea what lake conditions are up there??? particularly around the bowstring/jessie lake area????????? i may have a couple weekends in mind to head up now that we got plowed out!!! i NEED to see if we have any live fish in the cabin lake!!!!!!!!!!!🤔🙄

 

I'm back up north but living at the library, few friends I know are out fishing I will try and get a hold of them for a conditions report and get back to you

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy
Posted (edited)
2 hours ago, Kettle said:

 

I'm back up north but living at the library, few friends I know are out fishing I will try and get a hold of them for a conditions report and get back to you

Thanks that would be appreciated. 👍   been hearing a few positive lake condition reports.

Edited by smurfy
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
PRO-V

I've heard the snow has settled and you should be able to get around on the lake. It's a bit deep in the woods yet.

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Kettle

Conditions are better than January. Checked a few lakes on my drive down 38 towards Rapids. Most of them were pretty firm. I didn't go out super far with that being sad. Few smaller lakes look to have wet looking snow around some edges. I don't think I'd drive a full size pickup on any lake up here the rest of the year 

  • Thumbs Up 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

Thanks kettle. It will be ATV and I should be up next weekend.

  • Thumbs Up 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

anyone been out and about............ice thickness????????? headed that way 3-20-2020.

Link to post
Share on other sites
smurfy

got back today from the cabin, my biggest fear since jan just became a sad reality. got out on the lake about 1 pm, drilled holes in 4 different areas ranging from 7 to 14 ft of water. had my underwater camera down and all I seen where dead fish ALL OVER the bottom.🤮 even seen a dead bullhead. later in the afternoon I thought i'd go check out the crappie hole. never marked a fish is 3 1/2 hours. did have a bullhead about inch and a half long come up the hole gasping for air...…...and it never left.

 

just for curiosity drove past the holes I drilled earlier to see if any fish same up them for air….. nuttin, so what mother nature killed last year it pretty much finished the job this year. 

  • Wow, ❤ 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers back bays and a portion of the big lake, otherwise known as Big Traverse Bay.   Roughly half of the lake is covered in ice with the rest open water.  Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice.  Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th.  When the ice thickens, resorts will begin marking trails where there is the best ice.  Stay tuned...
      On the Rainy River...   The river is covered in most places with a layer of thin ice.  Most ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice season where there isn't current.  With current in the river, most visitors will work through a resort for safety.
      Up at the NW Angle...  The Angle has a mix of iced over areas with open water in neck down areas.  The ice is forming nicely and the hopes are for colder weather to keep things moving along positively.  Resorts are ready for ice fishing!  A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging

    • Bryan P
      By Bryan P
      Went out to check some ice on one of my lakes that seems to freeze over before most. 2-3". Still early but maybe another week and ice fishing has begun for me. We'll see. Anyone else getting excited. Now only if cold weather would hurry up and come!
       
       
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  As we roll into mid November, thin ice conditions on back bays as well as the Rainy River have put an end to the open water fishing season.  Big Traverse Bay is still open water.  The hope each year is to have cold nights combined with low wind and no snow early in the season to create a good early sheet of ice.  Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th.  A couple of resorts who provide spearing for pike in back bays of course earlier.  Again, this is just an average.  This year could be earlier or later, time will tell, but everyone is watching.
      On the Rainy River...   The river is covered in most places with a layer of thin ice.  The fall season ended up with a good number of shiners in the river from the fall run.  The few anglers who fished this past week had some good reports.  We believe there are a good number of walleyes in the river despite mixed fishing reports this fall.  Some anglers believe the sheer numbers of shiners in the river made the bite more difficult.  
      Up at the NW Angle...  The Angle has a mix of iced over areas and open water.  That is quite typical this time of year.  The ice is forming nicely and the hopes are for colder weather to keep things moving along positively.  


    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Unseasonably warm weather the first week of November saw a fair number of anglers on the water.  Once the lake cleaned up a bit as the waters were dirtied up from a big blow, good walleye reports started coming in from various areas.  Anchored up and jigging with a minnow in anywhere from 7 - 26' of water has been the goto.  Walleyes are setting up in early ice locations nicely.  Some big fall pike being caught by walleye anglers jigging.  Jumbo perch in the mix with walleyes.  
      On the Rainy River...   Some very good reports on the river as of recent.  Four Mile Bay, Wheeler's Point and up river to Vidas putting out some good walleyes.  Most are jigging with an emerald shiner.  Gold, glow and pink have been strong color combos this year.  Anglers still fishing sturgeon catching some nice fish this week as well.
      Up at the NW Angle...  Many anglers have put away the open water gear but for those who are out, the walleyes are there.  With deer hunting started, most are in the woods.  For those still fishing, a jig and a minnow on points and areas with current in 13'-26' has been good.  Gold, pink, and glow colors great choices.  Pike and muskies are active.  A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging

    • Phisher0420
      By Phisher0420
      Had anyone tried and had luck finding worms in late fall. For some reason we have a worm shortage, not I've place in town has had then for weeks
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Dress warm and catch walleyes!  Some even bring their Mr. Heater in the boat.  High temps this week in the low 40's.  The water temps are in the 30's and the walleyes are staged in many early ice areas.  Good reports on the lake with a mix of small fish, eaters and some big fish.  Consider areas on the lake such as the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay and Long Point.  Good reports in all of those areas.  Walleyes in 7 - 26' of water.  Most anglers anchored up and jigging with an emerald shiner.  Pink, gold, glow and green jigs working well.  Pike are active in bays and along shorelines.  Trolling crankbaits for some anglers is still effective, but jigging by far the chosen technique this time of year.
      On the Rainy River...   Anglers seeing good numbers of walleyes on electronics as well as a lot of bait.  With so many shiners in the river, catching walleyes has been tougher than normal.  The river is still low, current slow.  Best depths anywhere from 7-24'.  Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners.  Pink, glow and gold combo effective.  Trolling crankbaits over flats where fish are spread still pulling some fish.  Walleyes in Four Mile Bay 10-15'.  Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current.  A sturgeon rig with crawlers and shiners.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Nice walleyes being caught up at the Angle for anglers braving some colder than normal temps.  Jig and a minnow on points and areas with current all good places to start in 13'-26'.  Gold, pink, and glow colors great choices.  Some big pike being caught by walleye anglers as well as those trolling shorelines.  Pike and muskies in bays and off of rock points.  


    • JerkinLips
      By JerkinLips
      Anxious for ice fishing to start once I am done deer hunting.  Couldn't find any records of when Lake Vermilion ices-over (Big Bay freezes completely).  I am predicting ice-over the morning of November 14th.  Any other predictions?
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      What’s the status of small lakes in the arrowhead? I’m going to Grand Marais this weekend, and the forecast looks pretty miserable 😩 I have a feeling I’m going to be busting through ice to launch my boat. But is it at all possible that some of these little designated trout lakes could be locked up completely? 
    • JBMasterAngler
      By JBMasterAngler
      DNR has a proposal to remove the dam on the Grindstone River, in Hinckley. The reservoir, which serves absolutely no purpose, is about 27 acres, and is nothing but mud and silt. I’m in favor of any and all dam removals! They’re taking comments via e-mail until November 12. If you want to write the DNR, subject e-mail “Grindstone EIS” to [email protected]
    • Hawkem9
      By Hawkem9
      Hey guys, 
       
      Looking for some opinions from those of you who fish the lake consistently.  We take a fall trip every year and have been on the cass chain the last 5 years.  Planning on heading to Vermillion this year.  We have two dates in mind being either the 18-25 of Sept or the 9-16th of October.  Love to be somewhere in the middle but it wont work this year.  We will fish Smallies/wallys the majority of the time and planning to stay on the east side.  Would any of you suggest one of those times over the other?  I am seeing the current weather up that way and its making me a bit nervous about the later dates, but if the fishing is better by mid october will certainly risk some colder weather.  Thanks for any input!
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • SkunkedAgain
      Looking at a few webcams, we are getting closer to ice-up:    
    • Coleman
      I'm assuming they were panfish beds.  Just seems like such a random spot.  Wish I had an underwater camera with me, I would have checked them out when I first saw them.  
    • IceHawk
      Coleman were they panfish beds? Many times they will still be there the following year if not washed away. 
    • IceHawk
      Eboni labrador retrievers was the kennel. Heard nothing but good things about smith farm labradors
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers back bays and a portion of the big lake, otherwise known as Big Traverse Bay.   Roughly half of the lake is covered in ice with the rest open water.  Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice.  Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th.  When the ice thickens, resorts will begin marking trails where there is the best ice.  Stay tuned... On the Rainy River...   The river is covered in most places with a layer of thin ice.  Most ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice season where there isn't current.  With current in the river, most visitors will work through a resort for safety. Up at the NW Angle...  The Angle has a mix of iced over areas with open water in neck down areas.  The ice is forming nicely and the hopes are for colder weather to keep things moving along positively.  Resorts are ready for ice fishing!  A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging
    • opsirc
      Has anyone been out to check ice on any lakes in area. Heard there was 2-3 inches on strand. 
    • Coleman
      Just as a note, I got on the chain Saturday around noon.  Main lakes had a skim of ice, 1/2", shallow bodies(East lake) look like the ice was actually walkable, please don't take my word for that though.     Anyways, water temps were 34*.  I didn't fish much at all, just broke up enough ice to get some new data for mapping.  I did mark quiet a few fish, which is a plus.     On another note, has anyone else noticed the large group(15-20) of beds on Horseshoe just north of the meth hole, about 8-9FOW?  I noticed these this spring, and they're still there.  Thought it was kind of interesting they'd still be there even after all the boat traffic this year.  
    • Wanderer
      Sounds like a fantastic fall!!
    • gimruis
      Smith Farms Labradors?  My 8 year old British yellow lab is from that breeder in Grove City.
    • h8go4s
      In New Mexico? Not much. In Minnesota? A little more. Wheel boat, I assume for a 50 HP on a 15' boat. Bench seats? Does the outboard run? What's wrong with the lower unit? Does the steering work? Does the throttle work? Is there a trailer?
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.