Well monstermoose78 is done ice fishing around here for the year. Why you ask I fell through yes there was 28-30 inches of ice on the lake, but the shoreline nope. Went fishing with @Cret Jigs and we had fun fishing. I cut lots of holes and we got some good ones for the knife. Cret jigs brought a plank for the way out but on the way in I did not make it to the plank. Cret jigs helped me get my stuff the shore and out. I worry about the guy on the wheeler and they guy who used the plank to get out too. Thanks Cret jigs for a fun day.
To all you guys who’ve been keeping us posted, thank you. I’m an islander so I don’t have much hope for the opener, but I’ve been reading all the posts (read them year around), including entertaining posts on new gear, and, again, thanks for letting a lot of guys know what’s going on there. The current weather, forecast and web cams, give me hope! I’m thinking I may get back home in three weeks, maybe four.
Keep the sun shining,
Well this morning was officially the end of the ice season for me. Its been a lot of days on the ice this winter and I have to admit I'm a little burnt out. It wasn't easy but it was time to end it. Have to admit It was a sad moment putting the gear away but it was time as needed space today to put the boat in the garage Learned a lot of new water and reacquainted myself with some old standbys. Fished 10 different counties this winter so definitely fished a lot of different areas. Fished many species on the ice this winter so there never was a dull moment. Didn't take a ton of pics just a few need to take more just have never been a pic type of guy LOL. Iced 7 walleyes between 26-28 3/4 all on local lakes. So just a tip if you dedicate some time locally big eyes can be found. Fished panfish everywhere in the state highlight area for big fish being Becker and Ottertail Douglas counties. Biggest gill this winter was 10 3/4 many 10's came topside but couldn't break 11 this winter. Craps 15 inchers were tops. Good fish but had goals set at a 16. Some things learned this ice season where number one lure for the eyes was a old school hammered silver Swedish pimple. It far out produced anything else. Kenders tungsten where my mainstay for gills and crappies. The plastics of choice were power bait wishbones, chigger frys, and Northland impulse mayfly's. The catfish were a hoot and a change of pace did well on Maynards slammers Glow red. The equipment and gear I was running and never failed me all season were Thorne Bros Rods- For eyes Perch sweethearts. For the Panfish I was running Power Noodles, panfish sweethearts, and my favorite the Tripwire. Reels Pflueger Presidents, Prestige ,and Supremes.. Did use some inlines also from 13 fishing The free falls where worth every penny. Ran a K-Drill 8 inch early and late and During the thick ice Ran my strikemaste Lazer. Vexilar Electronics the old trusty FL18 my eyes underwater, Please Don't think that I'm pushing these products because I'm sponsored by them I'm Not Just want to give a thumbs up and honest opinion on some top notch equipment that has worked and weathered the storm of a good hardwater season. Realize we all work hard for our dollars and I can honestly say these products where worth every penny and never let me down! Well Off to the Garage to start getting the boat ready for the Next season
By the Way big Shout out to some of the best Anglers I had the chance to share the ice with this season from FM. Thanks Borch, Bass Thumb, Moose, Eyeguy, Rick G , Tom Sawyer for shareing some ice time with me. Hopefully I get to meet and fish with a few other FMer's this summer or next hardwater. We had some great Times great laughs and managed to even ice a few fish Looking forward to having a few summer outings in the future. BYE BYE Ice Hello open water
I was out on Vermilion fishing today again. Big bay still has about the same amount of ice but the ice is a lot softer now! Small patches of 4" to 6" deep slush pockets on it.
Pike bay seemed solid when we went out but when we returned almost the entire bay had about 6" of very soft slushy ice on top!
That will be my last trip out this winter.
Talked to one Native that I saw checking a net that he had out under the ice in Pike Bay. He had caught around 15 walleyes and a pike today and 8 or so walleyes yesterday. Tough way to catch fish!
Well the Pike River Dam is finally running at full throttle. For those of you who aren't up here to see it for yourself, you can see it here:
measured ice this morning. It has not changed in the last 48 hours. Just the shorelines have melted. The quality of ice has gone down though. Still Driving my wheeler on shoe. Still 20-28 inches out there away from current. The bay by winter access is the thickest at 30 inches.
Thanks for your efforts!!! Let me know if you need any free city garbage bags; I'm involved with the City of St. Cloud Green Team. You can place them at the Munsinger Garden greenhouse, or any trail access points for easy Park Dept. pickup.
Going to get the kids out on the river today with gloves and garbage bags for Earth day.Plenty of garbage around the local community spots that can be removed.Im sure there will be more but it's something to do and it will look a little prettier out there.