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Horseshoe_Don

Just checked the ice this afternoon and Shoe has 2.5" of ice and is 100% ice covered with some river current areas.  Summer access is no longer open.    I will be starting to ice fish as soon as I am done deer hunting in front of my house.    I predict a limit of walleyes first night out.

 

 

Don

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Coleman
14 hours ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

Just checked the ice this afternoon and Shoe has 2.5" of ice and is 100% ice covered with some river current areas.  Summer access is no longer open.    I will be starting to ice fish as soon as I am done deer hunting in front of my house.    I predict a limit of walleyes first night out.

 

 

Don

Nice, I checked out the summer landing on Monday, and it was locked up tight.  

 

Do you mind sharing where you're catching keeper walleyes this time of year?  I've struggled to find fish that are over 12".  Mainly on the south side of Elkview Circle.  Also, the fished the hump on the west side of the main lake.  

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Rick
2 hours ago, Coleman said:

Nice, I checked out the summer landing on Monday, and it was locked up tight.  

 

Do you mind sharing where you're catching keeper walleyes this time of year?  I've struggled to find fish that are over 12".  Mainly on the south side of Elkview Circle.  Also, the fished the hump on the west side of the main lake.  

Ummmm yeah 😳🙄😉😏😁

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ozzie

cmon Rick isn't that what this site is for?😉  Go ahead and tell them where the keeper walleyes are being caught!!  I swear I won't tell😀 

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Rick G

Normal first ice, look shallow😉 some of my best days out there the last few years have come from less than 10ft of water. 

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Horseshoe_Don

As of today over 4"  if you know the lake it is fishable now.  If you do not I would wait for safety.  Probably should wear a life jacket this early.  Going to be a good year with this early ice

 

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Coleman
18 hours ago, ozzie said:

cmon Rick isn't that what this site is for?😉  Go ahead and tell them where the keeper walleyes are being caught!!  I swear I won't tell😀 

I wasn't looking for exact locations, just ideas.  

 

I guess I don't understand the whole secrete spots thing.  I don't mind telling anyone exactly where, what and when I was fishing if I was successful.  Again, I'm not looking for that, just general ideas.  I know the lake well enough to find fish. But, I just recently, last winter, starting fishing it during winter.  I've mainly done C&R catfish, because, lets be honest they're a lot more fun to catch then walleye.  

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ozzie

just good natured ribbing😉 not serious! but if someone wanted to give out their secret spots...🤐 

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Horseshoe_Don

Okay my secret.spot is off that point by the sandbar where I set up.  Really good spot on the chain 

 

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leech~~
1 hour ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

Okay my secret.spot is off that point by the sandbar where I set up.  Really good spot on the chain 

 

Don

 

Is that the one point with a cabin on it, or the one with the Oak tree?  😏

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Huntin&Fishin
9 hours ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

As of today over 4"  if you know the lake it is fishable now.  If you do not I would wait for safety.  Probably should wear a life jacket this early.  Going to be a good year with this early ice

 

Don

That is if the snow holds off

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Coleman
4 hours ago, Horseshoe_Don said:

Okay my secret.spot is off that point by the sandbar where I set up.  Really good spot on the chain 

 

Don

Honestly, that narrows it down quiet a bit. There's only so many points by a sand bar. 😄

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Rick G
On 11/14/2019 at 3:45 PM, Horseshoe_Don said:

Okay my secret.spot is off that point by the sandbar where I set up.  Really good spot on the chain 

 

Don

Oddly enough.... I know that spot.  Have done really well in the fall, fishing the saddle between the two pieces of structure😉

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Borch

No. No, No....

 

It's the shallow rock pile off the.inside corner of the old river channel.  

 

Jeez....

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Horseshoe_Don

got home tonight from deer hunting and decided to check the ice.    I had trouble finding a spot to get on the ice since  it has pulled away for the shoreline.    Once I got out on the ice I found 5" of clear solid ice out as far as 100 yards.

 

Don   

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eyeguy 54

I was busy this last week butchering and killing but thx for the tips on those spots! :)

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smurfy

I can't believe the ice is that thick on the shoe already. There was open water on the spunk lake off 94 in Avon on Friday afternoon 

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Coleman

Water temp on the river was 35° on Saturday afternoon. And skim of ice west of Cyt Rd 49. I think this will be the last time I'm out in the boat this year. 

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IceHawk

Things are starting to deteriorate out there checked a few different spots and the ice is definitely weakening . Firmness is slowly starting to go down hill and water is starting to form on top.  Noticed where there are current areas the ice is opening back up and cracks are forming. Going to b a little bit before its safe so please use common sense especially on this system as things change fast. 

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eyeguy 54

thx for the update. no rush for this guy to get out.

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IceHawk

Well stick a fork in the ice around my area most of the lakes in this area are starting to open  back up. Koronis was wide open today, Found some fishable ice earlier in the week in the Detroit lakes area but one of my buds was on the lake we fished and he said even that was starting to soften. Going to need some cold temps and windless days to firm things back up .

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jigginjim

May need to take the boat and the ice chisel for fishing. I had a guy from Texas call, I told him we are in Zombie land of fish. Too much ice for the boat but not enough to walk on. 

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smurfy

I'm thinking you guys might be real fortunate the ice all but went away if these weather morjits are even close to being right. The snow there predicting would raise Cain with the ice. 

 

The cabin lake in Itasca county had 7 inches of ice and I'm afraid it's going to totally screw up the small lakes that are completely froze over just like last year.

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Tom Sawyer
8 minutes ago, smurfy said:

 I'm afraid it's going to totally screw up the small lakes that are completely froze over just like last year.

 

You are totally correct sir. 6"s of heavy wet snow, will not only cause some serious slush problems, water weakens what little ice out there.  It will also take extra cold temps to gain ice underneath, once that slush does firm up.

Don't forget the spud bar!!!

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eyeguy 54

Guys are out on Bowstring.  Hope to get up there this winter.

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    • leech~~
      Walleye Surplus Ends On Red Lake   "Drewes said Red Lake Nation will ratchet down its commercial harvest of walleyes at a similar rate per acre, capturing about 1 million pounds of walleyes in total. The band operates one of the largest freshwater commercial fisheries in the United States"   Needed for the Subsistence living of it 5,873 people! 😆😆
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    • Wheezy Outdoors
      Ice conditions have varied extremely across the Northland. From smaller lakes laden with slush and heavy snow having roughly 6”-9” of ice, to larger lakes having scant snow cover and moderately fishable ice in upwards of 5”. Although ice conditions have room for improvement, the fishing has been rather exceptional. The early season Walleye bite, is never disappointing to say the least. We are finding them in 6’-12’ of water and also in 17’-28’ on area lakes, working edges of the breaks off of flats or shoreline points. Small Spoons tipped with a minnow head or jigging raps have been the best. Also, try using set-lines with a simple set up, plain hook and a Shiner or Sucker Minnow. Crappies and Bluegills have been good on smaller bodies of water over the basins and along the weedlines. Look to the inside turns or weed points, most productive baits have been tiny spoons or tungsten jigs tipped with Clam Maki Plastics or a Waxworm. As it always is, mobility has been key to staying on active fish. “Hole-Hopping” and moving around following the school has led to the best results. As I write this report the outside temp is currently -9° and with the continuing weather it is safe to say we are going to be making some serious ice this week. So, we are looking forward to the week ahead of us, as ice conditions will continue to improve and become more traversable. Of course, we still advise you to take all necessary precautions, and remember No Ice is Ever Safe Ice.   -Alice Wiese Wheezy Outdoors Guide Service 218-275-7525  
    • Wheezy Outdoors
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    • leech~~
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      Like I said, I'm not gonna disagree with you. I just said what I've heard.
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