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Ice Fishing Still Happening on LOW

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Ice fishing is still happening on Lake of the Woods.  Some resorts / hotels / outfitters are open and have adjusted their business model to adhere to the new rules with COVID - 19.  Additional cleaning and disinfecting is in place.  Fish house rentals, lodging, ice roads and take out or delivered meals are available by some resorts.  Contact resorts directly or look at their Facebook pages for helpful info.

On the south end...  Some great March ice fishing continues. Anglers fishing anywhere from 27 - 33' of water.  Ice conditions on LOW remain excellent with freezing temps keeping ice firm.  Some good colors overall, pink / gold, glow, red glow, green glow.  Work lures on jigging line with a live minnow on an ice jig or plain hook on second line.  Electronics a big plus.  Try mixing it up with small lures, swim baits, rattle baits.  Keep baits active for best results.  Pike fishing very good this week with many fish over 40 inches.  Tip ups with big baits on quick strike rigs the norm.  Fish houses can be left overnight on the ice through March 31st, walleye and sauger season is open through April 14th and pike season never closes.  

On the Rainy River...   As spring approaches, extra caution needed on the river.  Thin ice around the International Bridge in Baudette.  We are watching open water line progress from east to west.  No open water fishing as of yet due to colder temps.  

Up at the NW Angle...  A good week of ice fishing reports up at the Angle.  A mix of nice walleyes, big jumbo perch and pike in the mix.  Resorts in 20 - 32' of water targeting both structure and mud.  Glow colors, gold and pink effective.  Plain hook on the deadstick.  The snowmobile trails groomed and are still in good shape.  

 

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Rick

This is a good way to enjoy your time if Covid 19 has had you cooped up.

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Austin12345

Yes lucky us fisherman!! we wont get super bored like everyone else is about to.

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Bigfatbert

I too enjoy ice fishing just as so many others do also , and yes it does sound as a great way to pass time during this epidemic , but given the covid19 pandemic we ALL need to do our part to eliminate or lessen new cases from occurring . Given the fact that so many people can be infected without showing symptoms is a very scary situation to this whole story . One must remember that every trip into a gas station ,or punching buttons on the pump can pass on potential germs in one way or another for somebody else to catch . The trip into the bait store itself presents possible transmission of germs onto others . People are not taking this all seriously enough , especially the younger generation . We will all get thru this eventually , but once again we ALL need to do everything and anything to get to that end .. Please wise up ALL and do YOUR part as this ain’t no joke . The longer things go on , the more people will indeed become infected and the more people will die , and the more economic issues will happen , 

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2 hours ago, Bigfatbert said:

I too enjoy ice fishing just as so many others do also , and yes it does sound as a great way to pass time during this epidemic , but given the covid19 pandemic we ALL need to do our part to eliminate or lessen new cases from occurring . Given the fact that so many people can be infected without showing symptoms is a very scary situation to this whole story . One must remember that every trip into a gas station ,or punching buttons on the pump can pass on potential germs in one way or another for somebody else to catch . The trip into the bait store itself presents possible transmission of germs onto others . People are not taking this all seriously enough , especially the younger generation . We will all get thru this eventually , but once again we ALL need to do everything and anything to get to that end .. Please wise up ALL and do YOUR part as this ain’t no joke . The longer things go on , the more people will indeed become infected and the more people will die , and the more economic issues will happen , 

 

Agreed. So please:

1. be sure to wash hands with viral disinfectant towels before and after touching any surfaces while out.

 

2. Wear a mask when out as to avoid spreading droplets from yourself.

 

3. When you buy bait be sure to wipe the outside of any containers, with said viral disinfectant towelettes,that have been touched or better yet....just use plastics.

 

This applies to anytime you are out.

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Bigfatbert
12 minutes ago, Rick said:

 

Agreed. So please:

1. be sure to wash hands with viral disinfectant towels before and after touching any surfaces while out.

 

2. Wear a mask when out as to avoid spreading droplets from yourself.

 

3. When you buy bait be sure to wipe the outside of any containers, with said viral disinfectant towelettes,that have been touched or better yet....just use plastics.

 

This applies to anytime you are out.

 
I agree totally with number 1 and number 2 Rick , and to your statement that this applies to any time you are out , but your number 2 statement is wrong as the CDC has recommended that only known sick people are suppose to be wearing masks at this point to help prevent the spread of bugs , because of the concern that masks are in short supply and are  much more needed to be worn by the sick . At this point in time with the Covid19  issue going on reality is that ONLY necessary travel is recommended at ALL . Going to and from work , buying groceries and much needed supplies , emergency Dr visits , pharmacy visits are really all things we as people of our great country of USA should be doing to slow down the spread of this Covid19 virus and for that matter other known circulating bugs we all deal with . Going fishing , at least at this point is far from a necessity...

 

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On 3/18/2020 at 12:17 PM, Bigfatbert said:

 
I agree totally with number 1 and number 2 Rick , and to your statement that this applies to any time you are out , but your number 2 statement is wrong as the CDC has recommended that only known sick people are suppose to be wearing masks at this point to help prevent the spread of bugs , because of the concern that masks are in short supply and are  much more needed to be worn by the sick . At this point in time with the Covid19  issue going on reality is that ONLY necessary travel is recommended at ALL . Going to and from work , buying groceries and much needed supplies , emergency Dr visits , pharmacy visits are really all things we as people of our great country of USA should be doing to slow down the spread of this Covid19 virus and for that matter other known circulating bugs we all deal with . Going fishing , at least at this point is far from a necessity...

 

 

Agreed. But for #2, when you go out, how do asymptomatic people who don't feel sick know if they are spreading it or not. Hence, #2 as stated is valid. Health care workers should be the priority.  Pretty sure Trump just took care of that with his emergency declaration. 

 

So, if you can't wear masks you  at least should not come closer than 6 feet to anyone.

 

Sunlight and fresh air are also needed. There is no shelter in place order and what is necessity for one may not be for another.

 

In fact, ice fishing could indeed be a necessity for some even though you don't agree with that.

 

Those that do, should initiate social distancing and appropriate hand and surface washing. Soap and water is best. Next best are viral disinfectant wipes. Wear a mask to avoid spreading Communist China Coronavirus or CCCVirus or stay at least 6 feet away from others.

 

If you are coughing or sneezing, DO NOT GO OUT.

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Tom Sawyer
4 hours ago, Rick said:

 

Agreed. So please:

1. be sure to wash hands with viral disinfectant towels before and after touching any surfaces while out.

 

2. Wear a mask when out as to avoid spreading droplets from yourself.

 

3. When you buy bait be sure to wipe the outside of any containers, with said viral disinfectant towelettes,that have been touched or better yet....just use plastics.

 

This applies to anytime you are out.

 

Good advice brother, 

 "Just use plastics" 👍 👍

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yup 

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Bigfatbert
16 hours ago, Rick said:

 

Agreed. But for #2, when you go out, how do asymptomatic people who don't feel sick know if they are spreading it or not. Hence, #2 as stated is valid. Health care workers should be the priority.  Pretty sure Trump just took care of that with his emergency declaration. 

 

So, if you can't wear masks you should not come closer than 6 feet to anyone.

 

Sunlight and fresh air are also needed. There is no shelter in place order and what is necessity for one may not be for another.

 

In fact, ice fishing could indeed be a necessity for some even though you don't agree with that.

 

Those that do, should initiate social distancing and appropriate hand and surface washing. Soap and water is best. Next best are viral disinfectant wipes. Wear a mask to avoid spreading CoronaV or stay at least 6 feet away from others.

 

If you are coughing or sneezing, DO NOT GO OUT.


  Rick I agree with the great possibility that carriers showing no symptoms or at least not yet showing symptoms that wearing a mask sounds like a good thing to be doing to protect others  , but masks are still in short supply and as of today the CDC is still only recommending only the sick wear them .

 Also your correct about it’s good to get sunlight and fresh air . Also your correct that we are not in a shelter in place order , but the CDC is saying to stay put at home if at all possible and to avoid any unnecessary travel . You can get sun and fresh air by just standing in your yard or by taking a walk down the street or road and by doing such your your also getting some great exerting in  and great stress relief also . No trips for gas ,bait stores for bait ,plastics ,tackle are a necessity.
  By advocating to go fishing now is poor judgement on your part as by no means is it a necessity for anybody at this point . The upcoming rainy river early open water season should be canceled also . Who in there right mind would think that with all the mass travel , gathering and all that goes on with this event that it is a good thing given the circumstances and would fall into a necessity of life ..

Also the resorts should be doing there part to temporary shutdown .. 

We are ALL in this mess together and it’s going to take ALL to do their part at getting us ALL through this . We ALL must make sacrifices in our lives  now to some degree ..  I am trying to do my part and I would hope All do there part , because believe it or not it is a matter of life or death . I for one was very much looking forward to some late icefishing  , it happens to be my favorite time all season to get out and get it done , as was I also looking forward to the river fishing .Love yourself and love your neighbor ! 

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3 hours ago, Bigfatbert said:


  Rick I agree with the great possibility that carriers showing no symptoms or at least not yet showing symptoms that wearing a mask sounds like a good thing to be doing to protect others  , but masks are still in short supply and as of today the CDC is still only recommending only the sick wear them .

 Also your correct about it’s good to get sunlight and fresh air . Also your correct that we are not in a shelter in place order , but the CDC is saying to stay put at home if at all possible and to avoid any unnecessary travel . You can get sun and fresh air by just standing in your yard or by taking a walk down the street or road and by doing such your your also getting some great exerting in  and great stress relief also . No trips for gas ,bait stores for bait ,plastics ,tackle are a necessity.
  By advocating to go fishing now is poor judgement on your part as by no means is it a necessity for anybody at this point . The upcoming rainy river early open water season should be canceled also . Who in there right mind would think that with all the mass travel , gathering and all that goes on with this event that it is a good thing given the circumstances and would fall into a necessity of life ..

Also the resorts should be doing there part to temporary shutdown .. 

We are ALL in this mess together and it’s going to take ALL to do their part at getting us ALL through this . We ALL must make sacrifices in our lives  now to some degree ..  I am trying to do my part and I would hope All do there part , because believe it or not it is a matter of life or death . I for one was very much looking forward to some late icefishing  , it happens to be my favorite time all season to get out and get it done , as was I also looking forward to the river fishing .Love yourself and love your neighbor ! 

 

You can get to the lake without any close interactions with humans, omg. Pull out your credit card and pay at the pump, sanitize your hands when done. 

Or sit on your couch 😆

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Bigfatbert
2 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

 

You can get to the lake without any close interactions with humans, omg. Pull out your credit card and pay at the pump, sanitize your hands when done. 

Or sit on your couch 😆

 

2 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

 

You can get to the lake without any close interactions with humans, omg. Pull out your credit card and pay at the pump, sanitize your hands when done. 

Or sit on your couch 😆

My what good suggestions you have there TS , if your only thinking about yourself that is . Hmmmm what did you leave out with such advice , well how’s about you wash/sanitize your hands and sanitize your card that you just pulled out before you put in into the pay at the pump . .   Any sanitizing you do after the fact does nothing for the next soul to come by and catch what you may of left him . Oh I know the next person that comes along should sanitize before he uses the pump.. probably so in fact , but maybe he forgot his sanitizer at home , or is just out  of it and can’t find any at a store because of hoarding , or worse yet maybe he just can’t afford a bottle because he is out of work due to the circumstances. . It’s not just about your self at this time , we all need to think about our brothers and sisters and fellow Americans to slow the spread and get beyond all of this . . My suggestion to you is to sit on the couch . 

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Austin12345

I mean are we really to the point of not going fishing because of covid I mean I know how serious it is and I am all for helping stop the spread but at the same time I diffently dont want to one of those pepole obbsessed and completly dwell over covid and I think we should just go out there for some peace and quiet and away from all the covid talk. 

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plus its great fishing time to

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Tom Sawyer
Posted (edited)
4 hours ago, Bigfatbert said:

 My suggestion to you is to sit on the couch . 

 

Not a chance brother! But I'll hose down the pump with my garden sprayer, mixed gallon of hand sanitizer for under 5 bucks when I'm done 😷, great suggestion 

 

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Bert, I respectfully disagree with your statement that I am using poor judgement. My judgement may be different than yours but that does not make it poor. You base yours on your beliefs and ability to gather accurate information as do I. I'm sure we are different on both aspects. That being said...

 

If you are over 70 or over 50 with an underlying condition you should consider strongly doing exactly as Bigfatbert suggests...stay home and be very diligent hand washing with soap and water( best), washing surfaces after use or touching and practice extreme social distancing if you must go out.

 

Otherwise, extreme social distancing and wiping of hands and surfaces with a viral disinfectant prior to and again after touching said surfaces will keep you in a very low risk category. Wear a mask to prevent the spread.

 

Expect our Government to be in high gear ensuring high production of those masks. There is no excuse whatsoever to be short on these. It's not like the CDC and our Government hasn't known the probability of this type of occurrence for decades. It's a National Security issue plain and simple.

 

Obviously we will need to follow Government orders as they come down.

 

Be safe and be extremely considerate. Be aware that you could be spreading the CCP Virus and not know! So take every precaution not to do that.

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Kettle

Having been in healthcare for over 12 years now I can honestly say that I am concerned.  I worked inner city as a paramedic during the H1N1 flu pandemic and also got it.  I think common sense should be used and yes it is not that common anymore.  I agree with Rick that depending on your health status should guide you on your current public activity.  I have been home the last four days studying.  I am 33 so I am considered a millennial but I do have health issues of my own.  If you have any autoimmune diseases, chronic lung diseases or heart disease I would stay in.  I will be going fishing more than likely next week on LOTW.  I will be going with the guy i rent from so no additional exposures.  I have frozen shiners here at home in the freezer and will fuel and pay at the pump and use hand sanitizer while fueling.  I have a seasonal road pass.  I do not foresee any additional individual contacts.  If I do I will stay six feet away.  This takes a group effort there is no doubt about that and yes there are instances where asymptomatic individuals pass it on.  Currently I acknowledge that and will do my part to avoid contact with anyone healthy or not.  I do hope this fades by May.  One has to take care of their mental health as well and staying inside for extended periods of time is not healthy either.  Get outdoors and maintain a healthy distance from others and wash your hands

Kettle 

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eyeguy 54

Wife is a teacher and is at home working. Private school so working online with students. I wanted to go to Scheels Monday to order a kayak. She asked me not to cuz she has a lot of health issues and is 62. I wined a bit but realized it would really suck if I brought something home and she ended up in trouble. So we decided we really don’t need to go out for anything for a while. I have therapy at the VA the 23rdand will sneak out for that. Everyone will do as they please cuz this is America but it’s a good time to think about how you might screw up somebody else’s life. 

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...and if any of you do go out fishing, here's music tips to comply with the COVID19 guidelines:

 

Good choices:  "I Drink Alone"--George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Bad Choices:  "Come Together"--the Beatles.

Grey Choices:  "Fishing in the Dark"--Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.   (that whole "you and me going fishing in the dark..." must be more the 6 feet apart of course.)

 

(*I have a personal suspicion that if my hands are covered in good ol' Northern slime that will neutralize any coronavirus better than purell, but until that's tested and proven, I'll still follow the government guidelines...)

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I plan on heading up to the cabin and getting out on the lake next week.  I can walk out, so I won't come in to close contact with anybody.  I will either use the bait I already have or plastics, so I don't have to come in contact with anybody to go fishing.  I am going a little stir crazy so being outside will do me some good.

 

If you have health problems, stay home or go somewhere isolated like I will.  Good luck and God Bless!

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Bigfatbert
19 hours ago, Tom Sawyer said:

 

Not a chance brother! But I'll hose down the pump with my garden sprayer, mixed gallon of hand sanitizer for under 5 bucks when I'm done 😷, great suggestion 

 

Yes I agree TS it was a great suggestion , but a ridiculous come back IMHO .Just please try to remember that what goes around comes around . Myself being a person that falls into the category of over 60 and with possible underlying conditions I see your attitude and thoughts about this all as one that just doesn’t totally get it , I can only hope I’m wrong for the sake of all others who either fall into the same category as myself or anybody else who may not have good outcome with this virus at any age . Oh I almost forgot to say that if your putting a gallon of sanitizer into the sprayer each time you go to the pump I hope you realize that would make you one of those hoarders don’t ya know , that probably wouldn’t surprise me either at this point . Have a good day and I hope the best for you brother weather your on that couch , or not !!  

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Rick

In my opinion,  we all need to be looking out for each other.

 

If you go about your business as if you have the virus and you know it's very serious. Do what you can to:

 

1. Not spread it

2. Not contract it.

 

Soap and water is the best killer of this virus. Viral disinfectant towels are 2nd best.

 

Maintain a safe social distance of at least 6'.

 

Surfaces need to be virally disinfected before and after you touch them.

 

A mask when you are out and about is a good idea once they are mass produced here 

 

Be aware of and very considerate of others to the max!

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PRO-V

I planned ahead and bought extra gas to keep around in case I want to take a jaunt in the woods by myself. Same deal with ammo. I stocked up along time ago and keep it stocked because I like to shoot. I'm not a hoarder, just buy it in quantity on sale like you would with any other household product.

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      I Guy drives up to the Marauder Boys n me on dock. Big new Ranger full up with toys.  “Yea hey...you live here?   Ya.  This is my place...my boyz...   ”Ya so just learning this rig an easy wondering if you Know where Northern or Pike Bay is”   We sure could....says me Musky T   After a minute “So you gonna tell me or what?”   Ohhhh ...you asked if I knew where that place is... an I do.   So guess you ment can I help YOU find it. You bet I can...   ”Well geeezz man no games here just where is it”   Well friend Yer In It sir.    North be that a way n sun sets in the West.   Keep on rocken!   Zoom.   They gone... 😎 Xzna is always on guard n We Got This Corona Crap Under Control!!!   Enjoy they day n Tacos tonight!   T         
    • Wanderer
      Always been googly eyed over the Judge!  Nice!  I had a Trans Am, a buddy had ‘68 Firebird with a built big block wedged in there.  Buddy’s BIL had a parade of cool cars in those days; Camaros, Road Runner, 442, and a big ‘ol Coronet 500 with a 440 he painted up real pretty.     Cone tops!    And the reel that wound the line on backward, but sweet!
    • jkrash
      I was thinking April 20th for ice out but with the cooler night time temps next week I'm thinking April 27th now. The ice is starting to pull away from the shoreline which is a good sign.  
    • gimruis
      They knew this could be a problem at the Rainy River for the early walleye/sturgeon season so they shut her down before it even started.  Last week at Oconto, WI (Green Bay) there were WAY too many people from out of state (MN, IL) and across the state of Wisconsin there fishing so they shut that area down too.  People can't be driving across the state to do this like they normally would, and they can't pack their boats with 4 or 5 people either.  Go by yourself or with maybe one other person you have already been around and stay close to your house.  Keep your distance at the landing like Bob said otherwise it will only take a few abusers to ruin it for the rest of us.
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