Fished a small west metro lake this afternoon. Shallow was 6-7 inches, about 5 inches out in the middle, good solid ice. This lake locked up early and didn't get messed up by wind or warm temps. I drilled holes as I went just to keep checking the ice, since it was our first time out for the year.
I stayed on the ice this afternoon and out of the woods. I watched the sun fade with the last day of the ML season with mine in the truck at the access.
The darndest thing: the fishing was terrible. Kept hoping I’d find em or it would pick up in the evening. Neither really happened. 😔
Still, it’s been a good hunting year. Thanks all of you that shared your season here!
You may get two of these warm and waterproof, or waterproof and dexterity but you may be hard press to get all three as dexterity is hard to get with the other two in a glove. The best I have been able to do is some Duck hunting gloves which aren't cheap.
Sunday evening report: Set up in 27 fow on 10 inches of ice off the West end of Ely island. I fished from 2:40-5:00 tonight. Caught 4 and missed 2 more on the set line. Tossed everything back, about an 8 , 11, 13 and 15 inch fish. One on set line with plain red hook and chub near bottom and 3 jigging (one on a macho minnow and 2 on a flyer). Had a couple other good marks that didn't commit.
Lots of wheeled/skid houses pulled out this weekend all over Mckinley/big bay area. About 3-4 inches of snow so good for travel with sleds or wheelers.
Yah, that’s a tough situation @Kettle. Neoprene are pretty much the trend but they still aren’t magic. I bought a pair of diving gloves and they’re much better than any standard fishing glove.
I bet those Simms are nice.
Try to find a pair that fits well but aren’t too snug, and possibly have a breathable back.
Agreed, there always seems to be some geese over wintering. I continue to see geese flying around and roosted in open rivers. Swans too. Had a pair circle me tonight while I was ice fishing. It’s getting to be an ordinary thing - seeing swans in the winter.