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Horseshoe_Don
3 hours ago, IceHawk said:

There was a good amount of guys out there this afternoon guessing  15 at least . A lot were catfishing I assume as the locations they were set up in were catfish holes. There were also a couple on Mud. I did check out Rice and there were 3 traps in Shaumans bay. As far as that clear ice  hard to believe it was more than 3 inches just enough to hold them😲 I talked to a friend who hit Mud and he said there was some sketchy ice pockets with two inches, Saw Don setup on the eyes so hopefully hen finds some success tonight. Nice trap Don is that a new one? 

Got a few eyes but no size and all were within 15 minutes.   This is my 3rd year on that trap.    I checked the clear ice less that 2 days ago on the north end of my point and I would have gone through.   no doubt about it.

 

Waiting for more ice to get to my secret spot, yes the one you know.

 

Don

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IceHawk
13 hours ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

Got a few eyes but no size and all were within 15 minutes.   This is my 3rd year on that trap.    I checked the clear ice less that 2 days ago on the north end of my point and I would have gone through.   no doubt about it.

 

Waiting for more ice to get to my secret spot, yes the one you know.

 

Don

Good to see you had some action. I'm waiting to get over on that side myself. 😀 Usally better quality there but time will tell. Released a 28 and two 27 inchers in that area this summer so maybe with any luck one of us will put one of them topside again. The dirty water bites Hopefully it clears out .  I find that the eye fishing can be a little on the slow side when the clarity is down. Time for the rippin raps shallow 👍

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Fishing Frenzy

I checked Grand, Pearl and Goodner and Eden. Except for the shoreline by grand it was all wide as of last Sunday. I walked out like 25 yards on Eden and Goodner and had 3 1/2 inches as of yesterday. Was a few people fishing.

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smurfy

I drove by the chain and there was no one out on horseshoe. there were 4 people or so out on mud lake I believe it is. just south of the winter access and on the left. I only drove down 22 till there, didn't take the full scenic route.

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Horseshoe_Don

checked the clear ice and it was 2 to 2/2 inches yesterday.    The clear ice that that they were fishing on Saturday was only 10 feet from thicker ice.   The cat fisherman are also smaller people that weigh less.   

   Today we got about 4" and the lake is drift covered and all ice is covered and insulated.    You wont see a wheel house on shoe this year maybe in january if the snow stops.

 

Don

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smurfy

hey guys....i think its making ice!!!!!!!!!!👍:)

 

sorry its been quiet here!!!!!!

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IceHawk

 

1 hour ago, smurfy said:

hey guys....i think its making ice!!!!!!!!!!👍:)

 

sorry its been quiet here!!!!!!

That's because some of us are on the ice, fishing and in our happy world 😂😂😂

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eyeguy 54

got out sunday locally for a few hours since the mrs was fighting a cold and venny quarters still thawing. pretty good action on gills. 4 wheeler drove out. threw a prayer up for him. :)  butchered a bit yesterday and today. making jerky and more grinding. two more quarters thawing over the next couple days and I will be done. gonna be supper bored Wednesday. LOL 

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smurfy
1 hour ago, IceHawk said:

 

That's because some of us are on the ice, fishing and in our happy world 😂😂😂

😳🤣 and some of us are donating to the government yet!!!!!!!!!!!😩 5 days a week!!!!!!

 

have fun...……..stay safe!!!!!!!!!

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IceHawk
1 hour ago, smurfy said:

😳🤣 and some of us are donating to the government yet!!!!!!!!!!!😩 5 days a week!!!!!!

 

have fun...……..stay safe!!!!!!!!!

You chose your job as I did mine  😂 When your sitting in your backyard in summer evenings playing in your garden enjoying a beverage.  who do you think is working  we watch the sun go up and sun go down and not from the backyard  😜 Seriously now hope you find some time to spear a northern or two. I know union stewardts aren't that busy 😀

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smurfy

No but I'm a rep so I have more to babysit.😂

 

And I do plan on it. New year's weekend fish are in trouble.

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Coleman

I'll be venturing out on the chain Sat. with a 2 man.  

 

Should be fun, and will be good to get a line wet.  

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Reel_Magic

Got out yesterday with the ATV and found 5in of good ice w/ 3in of really crappy ice. This is on Horseshoe roughly the section between the winter access and the 22 bridge along 22.  I accessed the lake from my house so not sure what ice is like from the access, exercise caution.  
 

Really tough going, lots of slush still, almost got the wheeler stuck, really need a snow mobile or at least chains. Snow pushed the ice down so water has been coming up on top of the ice and the snow is insulting it so it’s not freezing, pretty crappy traveling conditions
 

Couple small walleye, lots of action but a pretty light bite.

 

Be careful, ice conditions are not ideal and most likely vary significantly!

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    • JerkinLips
      It may be unkind but I don't know how putting the snow back that you removed would be unlawful.  Don't shoot the messenger; I am just passing along what I have heard.  I travel by snowmobile so I couldn't care less about plowed roads.  To me they are just a hazard for sledding. That being said, the people that used the plowed road today were very considerate.  They pulled well off of the road and kept a fair distance from others. I took a sled ride from McKinley Park to Fortune Bay and encountered at least 6 patches of slush.  I saw a couple of spots were 4 wheelers drove through slush; looks like they had a hard time.  I saw several 4 wheelers getting stuck in the deep snow today.  They would back up and take another run to keep going.  Traveling is very difficult for most wheelers.  I did see one Jeep on the lake just outside of McKinley Park bay. Good luck fishing and traveling on Lake Vermilion.
    • eyeguy 54
      The rod silly. 😁
    • knoppers
      was planning on heading up to the cabin this weekend to do some snowmobiling, but since I had to ride across my lake I decided to wait. they had some good ice early, but then the warm weather, then 18 inches of snow, I would guess the lake is a mess. last report I had from a week ago, was no snowmobile or wheelers have been out on the ice.
    • monstermoose78
      It was good ice
    • Kettle
      Yea I definitely understand wanting to fish your "home lake." I'm the same way hence while a walked through the slush today, fishing was worth it and I didn't feel the need to exercise after getting home tonight. The conditions will definitely hamper a lot of people's plans. It's a bummer but thinking back it has been quite a few years of ideal conditions so I should feel fortunate for that!
    • eyeguy 54
      Like the black ice?
    • HunterFisher11
      Ok so let me start off with I don’t have a big truck with a V-plow, but did make one for my wheeler so I could get on and off with no help from any one else, and I can not tell you how many times I have helped people to get there stuff off the lake.. So long story short many years ago I spent 8-10 hours plowing a road (at that time just had a straight blade plow) and then set down the fishhouse and did not even drill a hole just to tired!!!!! Yep you guess it.... woke up and had a village around me, well that is the way it goes??? So a couple days later decided to move, well got my truck and fish house stuck and had to unhook my fishhouse and hand shovel to get my truck unstuck hook up a chain to get my fishhouse turned so I could hook up again, while there was two guys drinking coffee not more then 15-20 yds away that did not lift a finger to help, so went home got the wheeler and as I was coming back out they stopped me and asked if I could help them out!!!!!! Yep really!!!!!! So second story have a uncle that had his kid that has a plow to punch a road to his fishhouse so he did well one day he is coming off the lake and some one decided to put his wheel house right on the road!!!!! So he knots on the door and the guy told him well sucks to be you!!!!!!!! So you wonder why these guys get a bit upset????? Not to mention going out to my house and having holes drilled I don’t no inches around my house!!!!!!!!! Yep it is not you doing it but yep kind of really makes a person upset!!!!!! Man they need to realize that the guy that made that road is your life line to get off also!!!!!! So like JerkinLips said if you happen to see a person keeping the road open toss him some money or in my case some beer, will make your life a lot easier when you want to get off...
    • Rick
      Nice!
    • smurfy
      we are on a smaller lake by spring lake. there was 7 inches of ice already the 3rd weekend of deer hunting, at least where I checked. but there was no snow out on the lake at that time. with your report i'm sure there's more then enough slush out there. I've been fishing that lake since I've been 6 years old. 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      Got out this afternoon for a few hours and found the landing parking lot to be a drifted rutted up mess. Was able to throttle my way in and barely not getting stuck. Found 6-7” of good hard clear ice. Fish were not lacking today that’s for sure.  I caught between 100-200 gills and crappies and a few perch mixed in. Gills ranged from tiny to 8” and crappies were all 8-9”. 4-6” of snow and no flooding going on. Fish were stacked and I was able to sit and catch one after other while staying nice and toasty in the otter. Fun afternoon and got to put the clam drill plate to use and all I can say is wow! That thing is the best auger I’ve used and definitely will change the way I fish. Should be able to use it all season besides drilling spear holes which I’ll leave to the solo. Fun trip! Tentatively planning on skipping next Friday and heading up north to do some spearing. Lake I’m gonna try has for sure 4” so good for walking but was hoping to take the new snowmobile up with me and use that for transportation so we will have to see if I’ll be able to or not. Back down to -20 tonight and barely above 0 tomorrow. 
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