Looking for recommendations or feedback from anyone that has used any of the drill adapters with a hand auger like StrikeMaster has vs using a dedicated auger like the pistol bit. I can see there is some weight difference between the two but you can get a set up for half the cost if you are okay with the weight.
I have a Good condition eskimo Hc40 10 inch auger runs great, I am selling as It is bigger than what I need at the moment. I am asking 300 but i may be able to work a little lower. I live in the west metro area just for reference
This is a pretty cool video - I have to admire Jay's wife to go along on the fishing trip despite being sick and being rewarded by catching a trophy walleye. Also, I've never been in a SnoBear but they look impressive - if we get any more snow here I might need one just to get to work!!
Great reports continue to come in for walleyes and saugers. Fish being caught in a variety of depths from 24-34' of water. Morning/evening bite in 15-20'. Some suspended fish. Keep jigging lines moving. Gold, glow red and other glow colors effective. Try rattles to draw fish in. Deadstick with a plain hook and live minnow. Fish houses on ice through March 31, walleyes open through April 14, pike season open continuous. Thick ice, extensions needed. Resort houses available with good ice. Ice roads open.
A strong current in the river this year and a lot of snow. Snowmobile trail on a river is open and marked from Baudette (downstream from the bridge) to the lake. Stay on the trail for safety.
Excellent reports across the Angle. Walleyes coming from 22-30'. Saugers and jumbo perch mixed in. Jig one line, second line dead stick with a plain hook with a live minnow. Snowmobile trails from south shore across the lake to Angle are marked with fresh snow. Lots of slush off of the trail.
I want to gage the interest of the ice fishermen / sportsmen on my Utili-Sports™ trailer? I'm in the process of fabricating a 6.5' x 12" aluminum trailer with a 6" tube framing that can be used for ice fishing, hunting, camping, toy hauling (atv/utv/motorcycle/snowmobile) or can be used as a utility trailer. The trailer will have between 30"-36" fixed sidewalls to the trailer and similar to that of a regular utility trailer. Although, both the sidewalls and flooring will be insulated. I'm adding a 600 denier thinsulate tenting enclosure system to the trailer which can be attached/removed to/from the the sidewalls very easily. It will also have a bimini travel cover for the tent enclosure for traveling and keeping the salt/muk off the tent enclosure in the winter. There will also be a another travel cover fabricated for covered trailering for the taller motorcycles/snowmobiles/ATV/UTVs. The bimini top would not be necessary if the trailer travel cover is used unless it is wanted for storing the tenting enclosure. The curb weight of the trailer is currently 700-800 lbs so it is ideal for early ice and able to be moved easily with an ATV/SUV too. With its light weight, the trailer doesn't have be pulled by a 4 wheel drive and can be towed on early/late ice with an ATV/UTV. I am looking at having a secured storage box on the front v-frame section where I can store the battery for electronics usage\lighting and other items that need securing. One of the other main benefits of this trailer is that it can be stored in your garage. And while it is stored in your garage, you can drop the trailer down to ground level and store any of your toys in the trailer so no new storage space is required.
At the end of the day, if you are like me, it will come down to a quality product and the PRICE. Any feedback is appreciated and especially anything negative as I believe that is most important in understanding any shortcomings before it is commercialized.
I wasn't exactly sure where I can post this, I believe there is a tournament/contest page also, but since it is ice fishing, I thought I'd post it here.
This is our 8th annual ice fishing contest held on Gervais Lake in Little Canada, MN. The lake is just north of Highway 36 on Edgerton street. We have parking in the beach lot and all around the beach area (walk out only). Portables are not allowed to fish in, but to use as a wind break is fine. We have lots of great fishing prizes including a Clam Stealth Thermal two-man, augers, electronics and many rod/reel combos. Tickets are $20 per hole (two hole max), register online or buy tickets at Joe's Sporting Goods, Hardware Hank Little Canada, Little Canada Bingo hall or Little Canada City Hall. www.lcraonline.org
I recently met up with my buddy Al to check out a small lake that I had never fished before (Al had only open water fished it). We didn't get to the lake until after sundown and we immediately started drilling holes looking for fish. It didn't take us too long to find an area that the fish were frequenting. We caught a couple fish and set up the flipover. We wound up getting into some nice Crappies and to our surprise some really nice Sunfish. I would really like to get back to this lake soon to explore some new areas and learn it a bit more as it definitely has quality fish!
On the main basin
Good numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught of all sizes. Jig one line, deadstick second. Most anglers focused in 25-31' of water. During the morning and evenings, shallow water bite in 13-18'. Electronics very helpful with some larger fish suspended. Every resort ice road is different but pickups and wheelhouses of varying sizes allowed on various ice roads. Gold, glow red, yellow and orange hot colors. Ice ranges from 12-20" where resorts are fishing. Snowmobile trails on lake staked from south shore up to NW angle. Please stay on marked trails, don't go off on your own and exercise safety precautions as ice conditions vary.
On the Rainy River
Stretches of the river and bay ice unsafe with heavier than normal current. Some walleye action in Four Mile Bay early and late in the day. Most river fishing currently being done by locals who know ice.
The NW Angle
Ice road is open from Young's Bay to Flag Island, no further as of yet. Snowmobile trails from south shore across the lake to Angle are marked and are open. Stay on the trail for safety! Excellent fishing with good numbers of walleyes being caught. Most fish coming from 18-24'. Crappies being caught on Ontario side. Work through resorts and stay on staked resort ice trails.
Launched out of Copas today. Water is really low. And the wind was really blowing upstream (what else is new? 🙄) I had to run my outboard in reverse just to drift downstream in some stretches. Fishing was really slow. Caught 2 little smallies and 32” and 29” pike. Pike are sitting right on the bottom where cold springs are entering. Tried trolling the main channel, but didn’t catch anything.
So I figured I'd leave a report. I got up Saturday night. Problem is..... not much of a report other than in 10 years fishing this lake its the worst 2 days fishing ive ever had. I did get 2 16"last evening. But both mornings? Ive never fished so many thick pods of fish that would not go on anything. This afternoon I even tied walleye flies to try on a wolf river rig in the hopes of imitating bugs. Picture enclosed. I'll be up through the weekend so hopefully we get far enough away from the hatches that the bite gets going again.
If I were Moosebirds, I would move the ice cream cart outside like the beer carts at a nightclub. 80% of their traffic has to be ice cream related so they could sell it outside. If they have to keep it inside they could have someone outside taking orders/collecting cash and another worker bringing it out so that you don't have to crowd everyone inside. Heck, they could have a dockside ice cream cart filled with icecream sandwiches for grab and go!
I honestly have not even attempted to fish the chain in the recent weeks. This past week my FIL did go on Tuesday to Trout and found a few willing whitefish for the smoker again but he said it got too hot to fish. On Thursday and Saturday we went to lake further north and found a few willing crappies to keep us active but could not find any walleyes.
I've only fished Birch a couple of times so I'm no expert. My best walleye on Birch is this 28"er caught on the west end of the lake in mid September . Caught this one and several eaters trolling Rapala deep taildancers in about 25 FOW. Since you are new to the lake I recommend hiring a guide for a half day. If you want the name of a good one you can pm me.
On the south end... Great walleye fishing this week. Lots of limits, plenty of larger slot fish (19.5" - 28") and trophy walleyes (over 28"). The MTT Photo and Release Walleye Tournament winners had over a 9 lb average each for 5 fish both days of the tournament. Lots of big walleyes in the lake. Different parts of the lake have different things happening. In some areas, the mayfly hatch was over. In other areas, it was just firing up. Fishing was better where the hatch was not in full force.
The go to presentations are spinners with crawlers or trolling crankbaits. Nice schools of eaters on the south shore and up north around Garden Island in 10 -15' of water. More and more walleyes also staged over deep mud in 30 - 34'. Hammered gold with glow white and gold with glow red strong colors.
On the Rainy River... Sturgeon anglers catching fish with the evening bite the best. Fish holes in the river with a 3 ounce no roll sinker and sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers and/or frozen shiners. Nice smallies in rocky areas. Pike are also active cruising bays, weed edges and current breaks. Walleyes out on flats and can be caught with crawler harnesses or trolling crankbaits.
Up at the NW Angle... Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters. There are shuttle services available and fishing for multi species has been excellent. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Fishing has been awesome up at the Angle. Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud. Nice walleyes 8 - 17' on the sand or 25 - 28' around structure. Big numbers of eaters being caught. The best presentation continues to be drifting and trolling spinners with a crawler or a minnow. Pike and smallmouth bass are active in numerous weedy bays.