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Merry xmas to all!
Wanted to find out if there are better Lake Maps out there for Bowstring than the Hotspots Map? If so Where can i get one? I was hoping for some good spots from a buddy for xmas but he hasn't come through yet. Merry xmas all!!!

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Wismitty ~ You stay off of my lake!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas........Greg C.

P.S. We did pretty good on the crappies the last two days! Different lakes. Possibly Red tomorrow.

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hey Greg,,, your lake? grin.gif if i recall Right One of my last trips there i fished deeper than uncle Jack did ,,, can i have that spot grin.gif

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Greg,
Just looking for some spots for eyes. I know one but it is hard to find and with a little help i could get to it a whole lot faster and wouldn't expose it to others fishing during the mid week or i could even punch some holes for you and you could maybe get a few for yourself and the wife.
Smitty

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I was out on splithand last week it was good.we had Walleyes and crappies. Havent seen it like that for a long time. the ice was good too some were driving trucks on it but I wouldnt rcomend that yet i would stick with 4 wheeler or snowmobiles
Jason

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Mary Ann'gler ~

I hear you guys nabbed another nice pike on your lake. How 'bout them eyes? Ever do well on your water through the ice? Brother Scott wants to give it a try Tuesday evening. Not sure where the spot with the best odds would be. Woodman's?

Happy New Year............GC

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Graybuck ~ My Red Lake trip was poor for crappies (1) but good if you wanted to catch some walleyes and perch. Actually, two of us kept about two-dozen perch that were in the 9" range. I think they're getting a tad bigger on Red. Sure didn't look very big when I was cleaning them though! We went out of Hillman's and stopped about 1/2 mile short of everyone else, just to see what was there but it turned out to be a bad call. Usually the crowds are there for a reason.

Re: Swan Lake. I went out last night for a couple hours and couldn't catch a walleye. Fished the NE corner near Heyblom's just to try something different (again). All I caught was a small pike and a tullibee. Cloudy water and wet ice.

Greg C.


P.S. Thanks to the Walsh Gang for the nice photos. You sure do well out there.

P.S.S. Scouts are heading that way, eh? If I have some time, I'll stop by and say HELLO! Used to be a scout myself.

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Jason,
thanks for the report on split hand!

Greg,
We landed and returned a couple nice northerns,12,15,17,........had a nice walleye up to the hole near the sunken island. Tryed all over for crappies, no luck
Mike

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Thanks Mike ~ Like I wrote earlier, we're planning on giving it a shot for the eyes Tuesday night. Crappies are a possibility as well. Who knows? I might even head that way this afternoon and listen to the Vikings game at the same time!!

Thanks...........GC

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Greg
Did you get up to Red the other day? I was on Swan the other night, not fishing, just talked to some guys fishing. The walleyes are being tight lipped, mostly perch being caught. Those walleyes gotta be there somewhere.
Mary Ann'gler
The Scouts will be next door this coming weekend for some fun on Buck.

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MaryAnn'ger
We will be doing our planning for the outing tonite and I will let them know about the water. Any fish biting out front? I wonder if there is even enough snow to bank up for the slide.
Greg
Stop by and say hi, we watch movies, eat good, slide, and do some fishing. This is one of the highlights the boys look forward to each winter.

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Graybuck....
I'm coming up trout'n on the opener(17th), depending on the weather, will either make the hike or do as we did last year. Interested in joining me? I'll probably be all by my lonesome again. I also plan on hitting a couple other lakes in the area for my three day weekend.

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Duffman
I do want to get out that weekend for some trout, I can't make it on Sat. I am going to Cass Lake that day for ice rescue training. Do you want to fish everclear on Sun.????
Did you fish Jessie over the holidays?

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Graybuck: I think this is another bust for the slide again....unless we get more SNOW!

Greg: Sonfish Mike and I got up WAY before the crack of dawn to go and fish Deer up by Togoland....total fish caught...1 perch that was about double the size of the crappie minnow we presented! Mike and I were impressed by ....the plowed highway of ours...from 52 north! We won't say a word about hwy 1...Deer was slush city! Not good at all for my Mukluks!
Duffman! As I was white knuckling my ride home in truck with son as driver...I was telling this kid...wanna try for a trout sometime? We are definitely in the area~He was game...I have no clue! Never caught one of them! Is Larson a good one for him to try?

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Graybuck....
That throws a little wrinkle in my opener battle plans, but it should work out just fine for Everclear on Sunday. I'll see if the father-in-law wants to join us. I might try a closer lake for Saturday. I'll give ya a call before heading up.

Mary Ann'gler....
The last two state record Splake came out of Larson, I've never been there, but always wanted to try it. You guys should try some of the Range pit lakes that hold trout. I'll e-mail ya a couple other suggestions and tactics.

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Bret: The funky pickumup fishhouse is now on Bowstring...the guys did bring home some fish from it today...and...I didn't have to filet them!!!!

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    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
    • Kettle
      Thank you! For minnesota it's a fish of a lifetime. 12 in girth, mouth was 7 in in circumference 
    • Hookmaster
      Wowsers Kettle. Very nice fish!!
    • smurfy
      dang..thats a piggy!!!!!!!!! i first though  tyou were talkin ice thickness!!!!!!  😆
    • Kettle
    • JerkinLips
      There were a lot of ATV/SxS running around the lake but I found it quite slippery even with AWD engaged.  I did see a couple of snowmobiles crossing the lake.  There is enough snow to keep the slides lubricated, especially when the temperature is above freezing.  If your track is studded that would help traction and slide lubrication.
    • SkunkedAgain
      It looks like it's ATV/SxS season on the lake. Snowmobile season is on temporary (or permanent) hiatus.
    • JerkinLips
      Was back Tuesday-Thursday this week after I discovered that walleye season ends on Sunday, February 25th.  I thought that the season has closed the last day of February in recent years.  I see that I fished on Monday, February 28th two winters ago so lucky I didn't get busted then.   The ice was in very good shape.  I found 15-18 inches of solid ice in the areas I checked.  There was no standing water on the ice and very little snow as shown in the 3 pictures of the McKinley Park landing from Thursday afternoon.  When the temperature was below freezing, the ice was very slippery.  When it warmed up mid day it wasn't as bad.  The landing was starting to deteriorate today, but with the cold weather on Friday it should freeze over.  It may start to get bad again by Sunday when it warms up.  Full size vehicles were still driving out close to Birch Island so apparently that path is still good.   Fishing was very good for late season.  Most of my walleyes were again 9-12 inches, but I did catch a 21, 24, and 27.  I was lucky to catch my limit of 14-15 inchers today to bring home for a meal.  The walleyes preferred small rainbows, but also liked lively chubs.  I caught four fish on the same small rainbow today when I was running low on small ones.  I finally gave up on that minnow when I went 20 minutes without a bite.  I had 3 rainbows come off the hook on their own; one when I dropped it in the hole and the other two when I dropped them to the bottom.  I think that happens when you hook them in the soft part of their body.  I caught my first tulibee of the winter (15 inches) and it really stunk up the house.  I also caught a lot of perch for the first time this winter.  I only caught 1 perch the previous 14 days I fished, but I caught 11 perch in these 3 last days, including six that were 11-13 inches long.  I wish I liked to eat perch so I could have kept them.  The hardest bite I had this week was by the pictured 8 inch walleye.  This little guy grabbed that full sized minnow and pulled it quickly to to bottom of the hole.  (However the 27 inch walleye did peel off a bit of drag bringing her in).  Morning bite from 830 to 1230 was best.   If you venture out the last weekend of the season, good luck.  Be cautious of ice conditions since the sun can really melt some holes in the ice this late in the season.
    • smurfy
      i cant speak for out that way but check the st cloud thread.......Rick gavee a pretty decent report on the ice around the area. he fishes a ton in the winter and is thinking of calling it quits............that tells me something!!!!
    • Mike89
      be careful!!  
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