On the south end... As we approach Thanksgiving, thin ice covers back bays and a portion of the big lake, otherwise known as Big Traverse Bay. Roughly half of the lake is covered in ice with the rest open water. Ice anglers are hoping for cold nights combined with low wind and no snow to create a good early sheet of ice. Every year is different based on Mother Nature of course, but normally resorts will be able to get their smaller fish houses, called day houses, out around December 10th. When the ice thickens, resorts will begin marking trails where there is the best ice. Stay tuned...
On the Rainy River... The river is covered in most places with a layer of thin ice. Most ice fishing is done on the main lake during the ice season where there isn't current. With current in the river, most visitors will work through a resort for safety.
Up at the NW Angle... The Angle has a mix of iced over areas with open water in neck down areas. The ice is forming nicely and the hopes are for colder weather to keep things moving along positively. Resorts are ready for ice fishing! A complete list of lodging and ice fishing packages available at www.fishingminnesota.com/Lodging
Just as a note, I got on the chain Saturday around noon. Main lakes had a skim of ice, 1/2", shallow bodies(East lake) look like the ice was actually walkable, please don't take my word for that though.
Anyways, water temps were 34*. I didn't fish much at all, just broke up enough ice to get some new data for mapping. I did mark quiet a few fish, which is a plus.
On another note, has anyone else noticed the large group(15-20) of beds on Horseshoe just north of the meth hole, about 8-9FOW? I noticed these this spring, and they're still there. Thought it was kind of interesting they'd still be there even after all the boat traffic this year.
In New Mexico? Not much. In Minnesota? A little more. Wheel boat, I assume for a 50 HP on a 15' boat. Bench seats? Does the outboard run? What's wrong with the lower unit? Does the steering work? Does the throttle work? Is there a trailer?
Went out to check some ice on one of my lakes that seems to freeze over before most. 2-3". Still early but maybe another week and ice fishing has begun for me. We'll see. Anyone else getting excited. Now only if cold weather would hurry up and come!
My older yellow Zoe came out of Pete Fischers Rex former owner of Fischer Kennels now with Dogtra and my newest black one Otter is from Mike Feldhege of Richmond AKA (Fishing) his male Drake and a cousins female Avery from a Grove city kennel. Both excellent dogs! both were fairly reasonable I train all my dogs myself done a few already takes a ton of time and paitence but the rewards are worth it! My dogs are in the house with me and spend time with me in the boat and pretty much are with me all the time they are my second kids 😀 I feel this connection is what truely makes a good dog.