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23 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

It’s been a slow duck season and scouting to find a duck has been tougher than normal. How are you all doing? 


I’ve only really found them in one place.  Did some MN River scouting today and saw a few but nothing I’d drag a boat there for.  Would’ve liked to get closer to the Louisville Swamp area before completely writing it off though.

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Sure love these puppies 

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On 10/7/2021 at 6:09 PM, monstermoose78 said:

It’s been a slow duck season and scouting to find a duck has been tougher than normal.

This is the primary reason I decided not to waterfowl hunt last year and this year.  There just aren't as many ducks as there used to be in the area.  I don't have the time to scout ahead of time either and that is a must when you are looking for ducks/geese.  I have a couple friends who have been out a couple times since opener and they have 1 goose between the two of them so there its been poor for others too.  I'm sure the drought is playing a role.  I was able to get permission to pheasant hunt this season at most of my usual spots.  Not sure how that will go with the lack of moisture this summer either.

 

Fishing has been pretty slow too.  The water temps are still almost 70 degrees.  I think there will be a good bite the second half of this month if the water cools down.

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At 11 weeks Hazel is 22.1 pounds and Finn slimmed down to 90.7 pounds and vet was really happy with Finn’s weight and said hazel is going to be a big girl. 

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On the ducks: I was on Pelican for the first time ever.  Birdy looking water and we did see some.  Coots and Gadwalls.  Not a lot though and obviously local birds.  They liked to land in the big water and swim in to feed.  Very shy birds.  I do however have a couple ideas on how to hunt them better if I ever get back there. Standard spreads and sets will be useless until migrators show up.

 

Interesting find through.  Somebody (we know who) lost their ammo box with 151 rounds, calls, wallet, SS card, license, etc.  We started looking for him based on his ID but haven’t contacted him yet.  He WAS from WI and think he’s still there.  
 

Here’s the kicker; the license is date 27 years ago. 😜

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On 10/12/2021 at 12:37 PM, Wanderer said:

On the ducks: I was on Pelican for the first time ever.  Birdy looking water and we did see some.  Coots and Gadwalls.  Not a lot though and obviously local birds.  They liked to land in the big water and swim in to feed.  Very shy birds.  I do however have a couple ideas on how to hunt them better if I ever get back there. Standard spreads and sets will be useless until migrators show up.

 

Interesting find through.  Somebody (we know who) lost their ammo box with 151 rounds, calls, wallet, SS card, license, etc.  We started looking for him based on his ID but haven’t contacted him yet.  He WAS from WI and think he’s still there.  
 

Here’s the kicker; the license is date 27 years ago. 😜

Which Pelican? 🤔

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22 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

Not yours. 😄

 

St. Michael.

Where did you find the ammo box with all the stuff in it. Landing? 

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In the rocks on a point we chose to set up on.  The point has been under water for years but with the draw down and then drought I’m figuring it finally was exposed.  Honestly surprised we were the first people to open it for how much it was exposed.

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

In the rocks on a point we chose to set up on.  The point has been under water for years but with the draw down and then drought I’m figuring it finally was exposed.  Honestly surprised we were the first people to open it for how much it was exposed.

How cool is that. Like a time capsule. Hope the guys still around or his family may want to get it. 

Suppose it wasn't water tight? 

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1 hour ago, Wanderer said:

Nope, not water tight and half filled with mud.  My Buddy dumped it all out and rinsed everything off.  The wallet and other stuff was in a top compartment in the lid so it wasn’t muddied too bad.

 

I told him after washing it all up it could’ve been the guys ashes in there.  His face dropped! 😅  I’m sure it wasn’t though with the SS card and DL.  Oh, and $20.

Kind of a similar thing and how I got into hunting. It was more of a forgotten item though. I went fishing the St, Frances river by Zimmer with my dad when I was about 16. Some duck hunter had forgotten his hunting ammo box-seat packed full of shells. I didnt have a shot gun but my buddy had an old H&R single 12g. We went up by Cambridge and spent a good part of the day blowing up a few $100s worth of shells at trees and craap! 😁

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Finn and I hiked the river in Sherburne and only saw 5 swans. 1000 cranes and not one duck or goose.  Saw some guys looking in the grass and they said they dropped a woodduck and Finn found it for them. Boy Finn was mad when I gave them the duck. 

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Very, very few ducks in Ely today.  4 grouse seen with only 1 coming back to camp.

 

I literally saw more fish today than birds.  And I skipped the fishing gear this time! 😒

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I heard some divers are showing up so I will go try for those

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Finn and Hazel watching me like a hawk as I have treats.

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19 hours ago, monstermoose78 said:

I heard some divers are showing up so I will go try for those

Yep, western MN and Lake of the Woods diver reports were good from the weekend.  That Arrowhead head area is fickle for ducks and hitting the migration.  
 

We had a fantastic week up there about 8-9 years ago and have been chasing that memory almost every year since.  We just don’t spend as much time doing it anymore.  Still love being there in October and that chase.

 

We went from a 30 decoy spread in small clusters to a 6 decoy spread set up in a 4/2 grouping.  That’s the one they liked.  No pass shots, wings cupped and feet down or they were left to carry on.

 

I gave up the fully flocked mallards in exchange for the early season mallards.  I don’t know if that change worked as well as I think it did but like I said, they came to em.  Even the geese.

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I did pretty good bass fishing on Saturday from 8am - 1pm.  It was frigid when we started at 8am but by 10 the sun was fully up and it was more comfortable.  A friend and I caught 7 bass and 5 pike.  I caught the biggest bass I've caught in a month, a 19.5 incher.  The water temp was 58 degrees.  I might try going one more time and then hang it up for the season as long as the water temp stays above 50.  I think turnover has just occurred because the water temp dropped about 10-12 degrees in less than a week.

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

We’ll be back out there with a metal detector to sweep the area for the shotgun.

That's quite a story.  Wonder what kind of shape the shotgun is going to be in if you find it...

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12 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Update on the shell box situation: My buddy was able to contact the guy after searching numbers and making a few calls.  Shocked the heck out of him!

 

They were out on a windy day; big waves crashing as they were motoring and barely staying upright.  The guys buddy shifted positions in the boat and his dog moved when he did.  That was all it took and they got swamped.  He lost the shell box and his shotgun.  They were able to get everything else to shore.

 

Thats all the detail I got about the story but it’s a classic duck hunters nightmare. My buddy is sending him the contents of his wallet.  His SS card is in perfect shape still and the guy hasn’t replaced it yet so there’s a win! 😆  We’ll be back out there with a metal detector to sweep the area for the shotgun.

 

Forget the metal detector and get a big magnet on a rope at Harbor Freight. Like I have!  😉

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10 hours ago, gimruis said:

That's quite a story.  Wonder what kind of shape the shotgun is going to be in if you find it...

Probably no better than a wall hanging conversation piece but cool to find anyway.  It’s a Mossberg, so…. 😄

 

20 minutes ago, leech~~ said:

 

Forget the metal detector and get a big magnet on a rope at Harbor Freight. Like I have!  😉

 

The water isn’t deep there but it is green. I’ll take the detector vs guesswork.  Probably wouldn’t have to go more than elbow deep if we find it.  The box might’ve floated a bit away from the incident.  It was designed to float I guess but not with 151 shells in it!

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2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Probably no better than a wall hanging conversation piece but cool to find anyway.  It’s a Mossberg, so…. 😄

 

 

The water isn’t deep there but it is green. I’ll take the detector vs guesswork.  Probably wouldn’t have to go more than elbow deep if we find it.  The box might’ve floated a bit away from the incident.  It was designed to float I guess but not with 151 shells in it!

Good luck with the prospecting Yosemite Sam! 😄

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47 minutes ago, gimruis said:

Ya I wouldn't worry about it now.  Don't waste your time.

why not...i would given the opportunity!!!!!!! like he said a conversation piece!!!!!!👌

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11 hours ago, gimruis said:

Ya I wouldn't worry about it now.  Don't waste your time.

What! 

It's the hunt, solving a mystery.  Maybe he will find Jimmy Hoffa chained to the dang thing? 😆

Or not find a plug in the gun and make some TIP money 🤭

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    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      By LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Another really strong week of walleye fishing.  
      One of the main areas to fish is still deep mud.  Basically 28 - 34 feet of water.  Various schools of walleyes move around the basin relating to different kinds of forage.  
      Big walleyes eat a lot of everything but really key in on tullibees (ciscos) who live primarily in the basin.  Other forage can be perch, perch minnows, emerald shiners, blood worms, crayfish, and the list goes on.  
      Various schools holding shallower, over rocks or sand, based on bait options in that area.  Reefs are still holding fish, normally on the sides and base where rock meets the mud.   
      Drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers and trolling crankbaits are still very effective for catching walleyes this week.
      As we approach mid to late September and October, the jig bite will fire back up!
      On the Rainy River...   Walleyes hanging out in some of the deeper holes throughout the river.  Moving up and down the river, hitting numerous spots until you find which areas have walleyes is a good method for success.
      Some anglers trolling crankbaits to cover water.  Oftentimes, walleyes won't show up on electronics if they are laying in a depression in the river bottom.  Only way to know is to fish the area.
      Bass and pike are plentiful on structure, docks and weed edges.  Hitting various "goto" spots up and down the river is a fun and normally productive day.    
      The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.
      Up at the NW Angle...  
      Great fishing continues on both sides of the border.  In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 28 - 33 feet.  Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler is effective.
      Underwater points, sunken islands and neck down areas with a bit of current in 18 - 27 feet holding fish.  These areas are good areas to jig.
      Pike and muskie anglers are still finding good fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater. 
      Travel via vehicle through Canada to the Angle is open.  Boating into Canadian waters is now open.  Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
      Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.  
      A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW, the NW Angle, Baudette and the Rainy River at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging.  


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    • gimruis
      I went fishing for the final time this season yesterday.  It was not very good.  Its the latest I've fished in a season for many years though because its been so warm out.   I decided not to duck hunt again this season based on the lack of success I've had in recent years.  By the reports I've heard locally, I made the right decision.   Between a full time job, yard work, going to the gym, and being a responsible Father/Husband, I don't get as much time to do what I want to anymore.  That's just the reality of it.  Sometimes I regret the decisions I've made on that, but now I'm stuck with it and its a necessary evil.  Retirement is still 20+ years away.  But I did go fishing 31 times this past season and I'm taking the whole week off to deer hunt.  After deer hunting I'll be pheasant hunting until the end of the year.   I'm grateful for my health and my mental ability that allow me to continue to do the things I enjoy, albeit not as much as I used to.   I try to post on here when I have successful days of fishing or hunting.  Sometimes it seems like the only fishing updates for weeks on end come from Vermilion.
    • smurfy
      🤣 neighbors don't bow hunt and they might just get a deer iffin a deer happens to run over them.😉   Thanks!!👍
    • Wanderer
      Is that that little guy at the feeder with the cr*ppy rack?    Your neighbor got the ‘tirdy pointer last weekend with his bow. 😉😝   Good luck Smurfy!
    • smurfy
      To the original intent of the post, I fished about 10 days ago and now done. Time to play with guns. Got the home front and cabin pretty much all set up for winter. Next up go get dat turdy pointer.
    • smurfy
      I hear ya bud, just pulling your chain a bit .😉
    • smurfy
      My in-laws used to live just down from morning star. They weren't on the lake but they supposedly had access to the lake near morning star, some lake easement for residents living on the opposite side of the lake.
    • deanbaron1990
      One last morning on the water this past Saturday before we took the docks and lifts out in the afternoon. Trolled the Morning Star bay for crappies. It was slow with just 2 or 3 crappies, although they were big ones. We could have kept them but chose to release. Also got a couple of northerns. I got skunked but my girlfriend got a good size northern. Biggest fish that any of the four of us caught on Saturday.
    • leech~~
      Well, actually going on family life expectancy.  Not many man on my dad's side made it past their late 60's.  On the other hand my wife's side most lived to late 80's into 90's.  So again, I really don't want to leave me wife in an area she is unfamiliar with or know anyone.  If she should pass away before me for some unknown reason.  Yes, they will find me dead in a cabin in the woods. 
    • ozzie
      Well I had to go north this weekend with the predicted weather and boy did it not disappoint!   What a great weekend of perfect weather!!  Hit up Gull Lake Saturday afternoon equipped with a dozen lite pike minnows and a plan to move until we graphed fish and move if they don't bite.  First stop we searched and found one spot with bait balls and a few fish but nothing was biting so we went searching.  Searched alot of ground over the next hour and half and didn't mark a fish, so we went back to the spot with fish marked and as we pulled up there was one boat right on the spot...catching a fish!!  We trolled around with this boat exchanging information and catching fish for the next 2 hours.  We ended up catching 9 throwing back a 25" and keeping 8 from 13" up to 23" that was gut hooked.  Fished in 20-32' of water using lindy rigs with lite pike minnows.  Some fish we would give a lot of line to and they would have the bait swallowed and other times we would give line and find the hook just barely in the lip!  Missed a lot of hook sets but could not beat what was possibly the last fishing trip of the year for me...GOOD LUCK 
    • ozzie
      I have been gearing up getting ready to walk again after 10 weeks!  I have been lucky enough to get out fishing a few times and can't wait to get out in the deer stand...bad thing is I have a basketball tournament for my 4th grade son on opening weekend of deer season and I am the coach!  Oh well I have used enough patience getting this far, what are another few days!  Otherwise not much for me to do...
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