Nice picture. Reminds me of the time we dropped our daughter off at Itasca for Field Camp and drove across Highway 1 to our cabin. The lights of Cook looked like Hollywood in the distance. We still talk about that drive, and it was 25 years ago.
My weekend report...slow. Had a lot of lookers at prime time but couldn’t get them to commit. Caught a handful of little tikes, some perch, and one nice pike. Been fishing Rippin Raps mostly but also caught one walleye on a swimbait. Might have to resort to tipping with a minnow head, but I’d like to move away from livebait altogether if possible. Gonna keep experimenting before throwing-in the towel. The cabin sure was warm and cozy after the day was done.
It was good to see you @Cret Jigs glad you got some fish to eat. It was nice to fish out of my house as I don’t do that enough. Caught some fish nothing great but it was ok. Please just be kind to people that’s all I ask!
One of my favorite times - Sunday evening looking West across Big Bay all the way to Cook in the distance. No sounds of generators. No karaoke speakers blaring across the lake. No party howlers. Just the wind and the stars. 👍
On the south end... Walleyes and saugers sliding into a bit deeper water with 26-30 feet being where most are fishingl Good numbers of fish continue to be caught with a lot of sorting the future small fish in the system and choosing just the right ones for a fish fry. Make some noise! Jigging with lures with a rattle or vibration has been effective in both catching and attracting fish. Use your second line, use as a deadstick, a jig or plain hook with a live minnow under a bobber set at 6 inches to a foot off of the bottom. Electronics are helpful to show fish, how they are reacting to your presentation and when they are suspended. Popular lure colors... gold, glow red, glow white, pink and green. Nice numbers of walleyes over 28 inches caught this week. Walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, big pike, tullibees, eelpout and even an occasional crappie or sturgeon being caught on Big Traverse Bay.
On the Rainy River... Ice fishing on areas of the river continues to produce some walleyes mornings and evenings. As ice conditions vary greatly on the river as there is moving water, we encourage guests who don't know the river to work through a resort for safety. The snowmobile trail on the river from Baudette to Wheeler's Point to the NW Angle is open.
Up at the NW Angle... With the border closure, there are four ways to travel to the NW Angle without crossing the border. 1. NW Angle Guest Ice Road is open! 2. Snowmobile trails across the lake are open. 3. Lake of the Woods Passenger Service (bombardier). 4. Lake Country Air.
Walleyes, saugers and jumbo perch with an occasional pike, eelpout, or tullibee in the mix up at the NW Angle. 22-27' has been the goto depth for most anglers. No surprise, pink and gold have been hot colors, a LOW favorite with the stained waters. Communicate with your favorite NW Angle resort for specifics.
I remember my father wearing the shock vest for his afib just in case things went haywire. After a year of it he got to stop but still had to swallow the rat poison daily. I suppose that I'll be there at some point. Maybe I need to keep running from the sauna to the snowpile to keep my ticker in shape.