Hi! I have a fish finder and it usually really helps. I love having one in my kayak. where I live the water is always muddy, so you have no idea what is down there without one. Me and a couple friends fished an area not long ago that was 3 to 10 feet deep pretty much everywhere, but it was super hot out and I knew fish would be in deeper water. Paddled around and found an area that dropped off to 20+ feet deep, dropped some bait down in the hole and pulled up 3 black drum over 15 pounds. So, personally, I don't know why it doesn't help you...
Hey guys and gals. I am going up to lake kabetogama around June 18 for 2-3 days targeting pike. I have been up several times and not caught anything over 25 inches. I want to try and locate a true monster this time. Any spot recommendations and or lure recommendations? Thank you!
I wish to thank gimruis for the response to my posting. We have read many other reviews and checked with a local bait shop and have decided to head up to MN for one more ice fishing trip this weekend. I think I NOW see the pattern that most of your members are in the St Cloud area!! Perhaps someday in the future we may wander off to those parts. Thanks to all who read my post and good luck to all the anglers out there.
I have measured the ice thickness in the same area 10 feet south of my fish house and found the following: 1/30 - 23", 2/18 - 32", 2/26 - 34". This area has been bare of snow, probably due to the wind direction. In areas of snow cover the ice thickness will be much less. Just for comparison I found 26" of ice on Burntside last week.
With the light snow cover and long, very cold stretch we had in February, I think Vermilion will have ice throughout April. Of course warm weather, heavy rain, and wind could significantly change that. After March (and the end of lake trout fishing), I don't care how soon the ice goes off.
We had a place in Soudan just down the hill from the underground mine. I installed a decent antennae ($150) on a mast 15 feet high and we only get 3 television channels there (NBC is the only major network channel). You may have a little better luck on the lake.