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bluewater2

Could you tell me if there is a resort or business that plow a road on gull and charge a fee ?

And if not how is the Hole in the Day  access ? Thinking of coming up tomorrow with a wheel house.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Wanderer

That's one location on our short list for tomorrow as well.  I'm taking my wife out for the weekend but haven't decided just where yet.  

 

I don't have conditions scoped out either but feel pretty confident I won't need my plow to get to wherever we might want to go.  If it's worse than expected, leave the house at the landing and do a trial run to where you want to go in just your truck.  It'll be easier to follow your tracks with the house afterward.

 

Of course there might already be plenty of tracks to follow anyway.

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Wanderer

It's pretty driveable out there.

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leech~~
On Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:59 AM, Wanderer said:

It's pretty driveable out there.

So how did you do last weekend?

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Wanderer

Poor, like many others.

 

We were on fish but the bite was definitely off.  It felt like laker fishing with all the lookers and few takers.  A couple walleyes landed and a few lost.  Sunday nights fish dinner was topped off with a couple crappies.  

 

We at least had some perch to keep my wife entertained.

 

We'll probably hit it again this weekend though since we still had a good time and there aren't a lot more weekends we can go with the big house.

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Jmnhunter

i tried it last saturday night out there, we caught one 8" walleye and a few dinky perch....

you did run into a few crappies on gull though eh? 

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leech~~
20 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Poor, like many others.

 

We were on fish but the bite was definitely off.  It felt like laker fishing with all the lookers and few takers.  A couple walleyes landed and a few lost.  Sunday nights fish dinner was topped off with a couple crappies.

 

We at least had some perch to keep my wife entertained.

 

We'll probably hit it again this weekend though since we still had a good time and there aren't a lot more weekends we can go with the big house.

 

I was over on the other bird lake. Sat -10 below in the morning and was a bit crazy with Perch, Tullis, Pike and Walleye. I lost 3 picture taker eye's right at the hole during the even run! Auug, a bit rusty. Sunday the weather was even nicer and hardly a bite! Tried all the same spots and a few others from 11' to 38' feet and nothing happening? Crazy. :(

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ZachD
11 hours ago, leech~~ said:

 

I was over on the other bird lake. Sat -10 below in the morning and was a bit crazy with Perch, Tullis, Pike and Walleye. I lost 3 picture taker eye's right at the hole during the even run! Auug, a bit rusty. Sunday the weather was even nicer and hardly a bite! Tried all the same spots and a few others from 11' to 38' feet and nothing happening? Crazy. :(

Nice!

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Wanderer
14 hours ago, leech~~ said:

 

I was over on the other bird lake. Sat -10 below in the morning and was a bit crazy with Perch, Tullis, Pike and Walleye. I lost 3 picture taker eye's right at the hole during the even run! Auug, a bit rusty.

 

Sounded like a good mix of fish. :)

 

The walleyes I lost were because I couldn't get a good enough hook set on em.  I was using my light action crappie rod with 2 lb test.  Even the ones I iced had the hook come out while the fish were in the hole.  I was just quick enough to get a hand on em.

 

I tried the same presentation on a walleye rod with 8 lb test and never actually got bit.

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leech~~
2 hours ago, Wanderer said:

 

Sounded like a good mix of fish. :)

 

The walleyes I lost were because I couldn't get a good enough hook set on em.  I was using my light action crappie rod with 2 lb test.  Even the ones I iced had the hook come out while the fish were in the hole.  I was just quick enough to get a hand on em.

 

I tried the same presentation on a walleye rod with 8 lb test and never actually got bit.

 

I think my hook set issue were that all the bites were on the drop, so I just didn't get a go set. And they were hard to get the head turned up the hole being of the larger size. That's my story anyway! :whistle::lol:

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Wanderer
On 1/20/2017 at 6:39 AM, Jmnhunter said:

i tried it last saturday night out there, we caught one 8" walleye and a few dinky perch....

you did run into a few crappies on gull though eh? 

 

Sorry Jmnhunter, didn't mean to ignore your question but I didn't catch it before.  We got the crappies on another lake that weekend.

 

Out on Gull since yesterday looking around.  I understand why you ask about crappies.  None that I know of out here.  Only two walleyes landed last night.  Working on tullibees right now.  I can raise em but haven't gotten hit yet.

 

My walleye was a money fish - if I woulda caught it on the 28th!  Oh, and in the contest area. ;)

 

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leech~~
5 hours ago, Wanderer said:

 

My walleye was a money fish - if I woulda caught it on the 28th!  Oh, and in the contest area. ;)

 

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Don't you just hate it when they show up and upset the middle of dinner! :angry:

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Wanderer
15 hours ago, leech~~ said:

 

Don't you just hate it when they show up and upset the middle of dinner! :angry:

 

I didn't mind even though the spaghetti was good. :)

 

For those planning on going to the Extravaganza - bring your ice cleats.

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bluewater2

Very nice fish! Thanks for the heads up on the ice cleats.

Do you know how the access is holding up with this warm weather ?

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Wanderer

LOTS of traffic on the Hole In The Day access over the weekend.  It degraded noticeably from Saturday to Sunday.

 

There are two paths heading out.  The one going straight ahead has a bit of a ridge at shore that longer houses/low clearance vehicles might have a little trouble with.  The one to the right is angled and doesn't have the ridge but developed a hole at shore Saturday night.

 

I'm hoping it doesn't get any worse but probably will before the weekend.  We were planning on being out overnight before the contest but plans seem to be changing.  Especially since it was reported that a vehicle went through by Hunters Point over the weekend.  Hunters Point is on the Southwest side of the lake but makes my wife leary of taking out truck and house back out even on the Northeast end where the contest is.

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Sorry for the bad news.  I'm still crossing my fingers and will check the access again this week.

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bluewater2

thanks for the info, we will wait and see too? not worth it. will walk out if we have too.

much more fun getting there the day before. was up two weekends ago and had 16" of ice. they say 20 " at the sight of the tournament. Hopefully the colder weather will help

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Wanderer

There was 20 at the site.  I'm not worried about the main sheet of ice, just the access and near shore/shallow areas.

 

Plenty of ice everywhere else I drilled.

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Jmnhunter

dang, thats a small truck too, but that hunters point area is alittle hairy anyhow, i need my arctic cat back!!

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Lip_Ripper Guy

Same song and dance as 95% of the "truck through the ice" pictures I've seen this week.  Those reeds the guy drove through...those heat up from the sun, melting the ice, and creating a weak spot.  That's not an accident...that's stupidity.  

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eyeguy 54

and if you screw up lip ripper, it will be an accident.....  LOL  

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leech~~

I think it's one of these small tracked foreign vans. Pretty light but that ice looks way to thin. Isn't that down near the Gull River area?

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Wanderer
1 hour ago, Lip_Ripper Guy said:

Same song and dance as 95% of the "truck through the ice" pictures I've seen this week.  Those reeds the guy drove through...those heat up from the sun, melting the ice, and creating a weak spot.  That's not an accident...that's stupidity.  

 

Today was the first time I've seen the pic on a monitor.  I didn't realize the "sticks" were reeds but as soon as I figured that out I knew why he went down.

 

The comment that I cropped out of the pic mentioned the combination of bad ice and fog.  And I know that night was really foggy out there.  Pretty easy to get into surprises and disoriented in heavy fog.

 

But you're right on the money - stay away from reed beds!

 

We didn't get any snow out of this last system and temps are staying below freezing so hopefully the access firmed up and stays in good shape.  The surface of the ice probably won't have much snow on it come Saturday.  Winds out of the NW 10-15 and a high of about 28 predicted on contest day.

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Wanderer

Everything top side is locked up.  Any snow that's out there is hard packed and there's not much of it.

 

The access basically just had one lane open tonight so everyone had to take turns with going on/coming off.

 

Plenty of people getting set up out there.

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donethat

The so-called Bullhead bay access is not public,  It is privately owned and because of the dangers of thin ice and liability it is not an access to upper gull. 

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@donethat

Where is this access you speak of?  I’m not familiar with “bullhead bay”.  Is there a problem with people trespassing?

The access I was referring to last year looked pretty public to me.

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