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Mark your calendars for March 2nd. Usually from sunrise to whenever. I will wait to post a location closer to the date. The kitties are getting slammed this winter on the chain so we will try to find some less pressured fish for everyone. Ice is coming along with a fair amount of truck traffic on the chain.
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.
Hello fellow fisherman, does anyone know if there is any good ice in the Rochester area and surrounding cities? I do know that Foster has about 6in but still trying to get into better bodies of water.
By Steve Lawrence
Going out tonight for some night action. Was wondering if there were any ice reports or fishing reports in Anoka county lakes area. Thanks for the help guys.
Any word on lakes around mankato?
Well I have fished with enough guys to see a custom rod is worth it, so I got one of my own now. I know they are spendy but so are the mass produced ones. I ordered a Kichler Custom Rod I got a black ice that is ready to handle the light jigs I use. I might change the jig I put on it but gold is @eyeguy 54 go too and he can put some fish on the ice. From what seen this custom rod is much more sensitive than my snitch, so I will report back once I hit the ice.
By Rob Wilson Sr.
2017 custom built "Skate Shack"
19 feet long by 8 feet wide, a prize from the Minnesota Wild. Originally intended as a portable warming house/skate shack, It would not take much to convert into an ice house. Built on a drop down trailer frame
Electronic fireplace with remote
(The lighting and fire change colors)
Granite counter tops
LED red and green pulse party lighting
Minnesota wild branding throughout.
EDCO Arrowline Shake steel roofing
Range Red Royal Celect premium vinyl siding.
Interior cedar tongue-and-groove siding
Torched cedar cabinetry and leather seats.
Convert it to a fish house, have it as a warming house or maybe the ultimate back yard man cave escape.
asking $15,000 or best offer. PM for further details. Currently it is sitting in Savage, MN.
I have more images if you would like to see.
By Jake Zeleznikar
I'm looking into insurance options for an Ice House and wondering what advice or recommendations anyone has on the best type of coverage. Also, if I want to be able to rent out my ice house when I'm not using it but not as an "outfitter" or "guide" would that be something that typical coverage wouldn't cover if a profit is being made since I wouldn't have the coverage that a company running as an outfitter would have? (Such as how normal car insurance doesn't cover an Uber driver when they are logged into the app and giving someone a ride because they are consequently on the road more often and making a profit.) Any and all information or recommendations would be extremely helpful!
St Cloud Get Together 2/24/18, 8:00 am until you want to leave
The St Cloud Get Together will be on Cedar Island Lake near Richmond. As of today the ice conditions appear to be excellent with 2 feet or more of good ice in all areas except necked down current areas. The highlighted routes are being traveled frequently at this point. The Cedar Island Lake is well known for a great place to catch channel catfish through the ice. What you may not know is that it is also and excellent spot for catch crappies, walleyes and the infamous party crappie,(rock bass). Channel cats can be caught on the same gear you use for crappies or walleyes. Those targeting cats often use pieces of minnows, chicken liver or live minnows. These baits can be fish under a sensitive bobber or jigged on a small jigging spoon. Despite there size, channel cats can be very light biters so take that into account. Crappies can be caught on the usual crappie techniques, including plastics. So if cats aren't your thing there still the crappies or walleyes to target. As the name implies, this event is mostly for fun. It's a great way to meet others from the forum, tell stories, share techniques and maybe even a few fishing spots.
There will be a potluck about noon with a raffle drawing following lunch. The plan is to have a fish fry with any donated catfish, crappies or walleyes from the morning. If folks could pack a fillet knife and a fish cleaning board that would be great. Also storing fish so they don't freeze makes the cleaning process so much easier. Bring a dish to pass. This is a family friendly event so bring the whole family! I will have some fishing goodies for the kids.
Cedar Island Lake is south of Richmond MN on CR 22 east of Horseshoe lake. There is a public access about 3 miles south of Hwy 23 on CR 71 that is a good option for cars or wheelhouses as the CR 22 access is a bit steep. For those who have used the winter access for Horseshoe Lake the Cedar Island winter access is directly across the road from this access.
I look forwards to seeing you all there!
By LaMarr Uhuru
So I'm fishing white bear lake tomorrow in 7deagree weather.
I'l be there around 520am
LOOKING FOR WALLEYES CRAPPIES N PEARCH TO KEEP. WHERE IS AH GOOD SPOT TO START FISHING. can anyone lead me somewhere goodg
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By arctic_scrap1 · PostedI picked up a used 2013 Forest River True North 20x8 ice house. I got a decent deal on it but the front jack is having problems. When I try to raise up the tongue I get some loud clicking sounds from the jack and it's not raising. I'm prepared to just buy a whole new jack for it since I assume the internals are stripped but has anyone else a similar problem? This jack is rated for 3500lbs and the tongue weight is well under 1000lbs so I'm pretty disappointed with it. For right now I'm just using my car jack. Maybe I'll need it for the rear jacks.....
By Bryan P · PostedBeen a slow start to my season but finally found few decent crappies.They were in 23ft off structure. Tungsten jig tipped with white plastic did the trick to bring them topside. Can't beat plastics, caught tons of fish on just one. You know its on and doesn't fall off. Got some cool footage of the flasher in this video too.
By pikeandchester · Posted5 sauger Saturday, 4 sauger and 3 pout Sunday out of Adrian’s. Started in deeper water, east of the crowd on Saturday. Sunday I moved around a bit, even drove the atv west of the crowd, 34 fow, with no luck. Spent the afternoon and evening in 25 fow near pine Island which was the only place I caught fish Sunday. Resort houses where mostly in 34 fow. Back home now.
By Sunset Lodge · PostedHello from the NW Angle! Fishing remains consistently strong on the Minnesota side this week. Many species are quick to bite leaving anglers with a very mixed bag at the end of the day. We saw multiple 40+ inch Northern, many Perch, even a Lake Trout among an already strong Walleye bite. 22-24 ft on gravel bottom surrounded by mud has been our best spots. Be sure to charge up any Glow tackle in use, with the increasing snow cover, glow or lighted lures have been hot. Pink/white and gold are also very effective on sunny days. The Canadian bite just keeps getting better! Crappies can be found in 30 foot holes while 22-26 ft flats on break lines have been hot for a Sauger/Walleye mix. Remember to stick to well-traveled trails as most have not been staked/marked as of yet. Until next week!
By Parmer · PostedNot sure about the resort... But I know Adrians road is like 11 miles out past pine Island and they were plowing farther. Guy from my work was 9 miles out last weekend and did good on 14 inch sauger with some walleye mixed in. He said there is 24 inches of ice. I would say to try and get away from the groups. Good luck fishing.
By Matt Johnson · PostedSome good news and some bad news over the last week... good news is that we made more ice!! Bad news is that the fish keep moving (STAY PUT FISHY'S!!! LOL)!! I'm finding 12-16" of ice on most lakes, but still practice caution. I've been driving out on many area lakes with my Suburban but you still need to pay attention to the ice conditions and don't take any risks. Some of the shoreline ice is a little weird and areas around islands, channels, neck-downs, etc, will continue to have bad ice... something you can expect all winter in some spots. So, always use caution and don't go venturing "off the beaten path" if you don't know the lake or know where you're going. Ok, onto the the fishing stuff! A lot of fish still holding in the shallows, but they are constantly moving. The additional pressure that the lakes are seeing has the fish more active--and not necessarily active as-in feeding, but more-so just roaming and moving around more. The vehicle traffic will push fish around, same with the increase amount of holes being cut and just the increase in general fishing pressure. So, preaching mobility is no longer an option... you have to PRACTICE mobility as well. You know, the whole "practice what you preach" phenomenon. Get those augers going and chase down the fish. The shallow bite can require a lot of holes to find the consistent pattern, but once you figure them out you can hone-in on a more specific area and hammer-home. Yesterday morning from 8am-11am I went through 4 batteries on my Milwaukee ripping holes, just be thankful the ice isn't 2-feet thick yet so it's a good time to get after 'em! One thing I've noticed lately is that the fish are really relating to the bends on the shoreline structure. Seems to hold them a bit longer than traditional flats and break lines. The bends that have weeds are even better--assuming those weeds are alive and flourishing. Not much snow on the ice so it makes for easy travel, too... but don't forget the cleats, or you'll know why real-quick! Punch out those bends both on the edge and up on the shallow portion if there are weeds present. The pattern has held true on a handful of lakes... Chisago area, Minnetonka, Forest Lake, Clearwater and many others. Might be onto something... let me know if others find the same thing... And for presentations, I've been absolutely crushing them on the Pinhead Mino with NO BAIT at all. The 1/16oz has been deadly on crappies and gills. An easy bait to fish when staying mobile and no messing with bait or even plastics. I've had to slow down and finesse some fish with tungsten and plastics too, so don't get me wrong, but it's amazing what that Pinhead will catch! See pics below... Otherwise I just keep glued to my Lowrance and Navionics chip, or else the Navionics App for my phone and continue to scout out new spots. Never get complacent and keep searching out new spots. I'm seeing the spots dry-up faster and faster after you find a "honey hole," so keep looking for that next one! Some cool temps heading our way... might actually feel like winter in MN for a while! Lol. I'll be back on the ice Friday-Sunday and I'll check a few more lakes and report back. Good luck out there and be safe!