Sorry I haven't posted recently. We have been out hunting pretty regularly. What a weird weather pattern this fall. Guess the weather would be as abnormal as everything else in 2020. Where we hunt in central MN, we have frozen over the small and medium water twice, and then warmed it back open twice. Record snowfall from October is gone in November. With this unusual weather, we have noticed a very irregular migration. Gusty WNW wind and cold days that we thought would be lights out were disappointing, and some good hunts happened on warm SE wind days that we didn't have high expectations. There are still plenty of mallard, bluebills, goldeneyes, buffies, and mergs north of us, but not much using the lakes around central MN right now. We are switching over to field hunting near town, as there are a lot of geese and mallards sitting in town and feeding in surrounding fields. Attached are some pics of our last couple weekends on the water. Hopefully some pics from field hunting with another report will follow after Thanksgiving. Good luck, stay safe, and happy Thanksgiving.
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.