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The ICE Series is not too far off, ok maybe a little further then I make it sound, but why not start thinking about it now. With all the cold temps and snow, ice fishing is right around the corner. Here are a few details for the ICE Series:

The four lakes that we will fish are:

Lake Winnibigoshish: January 10-11, 2004.
Tourney Headquarters at Denny's Resort.
Phone: (888) 665-2298
This lake is famous for walleye, perch, nice pike, crappies, gills and both largemouth/smallmouth bass can be found here. We will fish this lake for hot early ice action. It can be fantastic fishing especially for huge pike, jumbo perch, slab gills and crappies and let's not forget all those walleyes.


Mille Lacs Lake: January 24-25, 2004.
Tourney Headquarters - Fisher's Resort.
Phone : (866) 684-2221
This lake is a walleye factory. It looks like the jumbo perch are back. You also have a shot at nice pike. Crappies, gills and both largemouth/smallmouth bass can be found here if you search hard enough.


Upper Red Lake: February 21-22, 2004.
Tourney Headquarters - West Wind Resort.
Phone: 218-647-8998
This is one of the top slab crappie producers in the nation. This lake also contains some monster northern pike and lots of pesky perch.


Ice Fishing World Championship
Lake of the Woods: March 13-14, 2004.
Tourney Headquarters -Schuster's Resort
Phone: (800) 243-2412

This is one of the top walleye/sauger producers in the nation. It is truly a multi-specie lake. Plenty of hog pike and muskie available too. This lake can certainly have some of the best fishing to be found anywhere.


For more information check out the Iceleaders website:

Iceleaders and the ICE Series


Ask any questions you might have and I'm sure someone can help you out.

Should be a great time and I expect that a lot of fish will be caught. It is pretty inexpensive and the locations are awesome! Not to mention all the fun we will have fishing with fellow FM members and Pro Staff too!

I hope to see a lot of you there!


Good Fishin,
Matt

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Catch-N Tackle
MarCum

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MG5
What is the ICE Series? Tournament, Leagues, ect...Is there entrance fees???

I need more info please.

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Sweet, too bad there's not one closer to the cities - like Tonka or Waconia or something. Millelacs sounds like fun though.

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Slow Jigger,

Might not be like the Winnie trip we had last year, Yogi sure is an awesome skier wink.gif Drop me an e-mail and we can car pool to these events. Putting the deck off until spring also gives you a few more bucks for ice fishing wink.gif

Yeah, should be fun this year at the ICE Series. A lot of great lakes. Here's how I invision it...gills the size of my dinner plates at Vermillion...2 pound crappies at Red Lake...a mess of 12 inch perch and a 10 pound walleye at Mille Lacs...and that 14 pound walleye I'm gonna get up on LOW...

Come on, let me have my fun. Never know, it could happen wink.gif

Good Fishin,
Matt

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Catch-N Tackle
MarCum

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

MJ5,
I edited your post above to include the Winnie part of the series (we changed it from Vermilion).

IceLeader's Challenge Event Series (ICE Series)

It's only $10 if you sign-up now or $15 if you wait a little too long to sign-up for wach event. Enter as many as you wish.

We will be giving away Depth finders-MarCum LX3's, Fish Houses-Otters, Power Augers-Eskimos, Tackle-Today's Tackle (Ice Buster Bobbers)Scenic Tackle(Angel Eyes,Glow Devils)-Bad Dog-Custom Spins and Jigs, Jackets-Columbia, Thorne Bros Sweetheart Rods, LakeMaster LakeMaps and more are coming.

At least give the Winnie Event a shot. We've arranged to have one of the Premier Winnie Ice Fishing guides on the lake to give everyone a few tips on how and where to fish on it prior to the contest start.

We're having a big feed afterwards and then off to test out gear and do some more fishing.

CLICK HERE to get more info on the ICE Series 2004.

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Oh yes ready here, ifish2 and I are signed up for all 4 events I dont know how much she will fish, but if she wants to stay at the hotel I'm sure I can go with someone else.
I have never ice fished WBG so this should be fun, and to learn from some of the best at the same time, can it get any better?

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ill be there with a friend. this will be my first ICE
series event. should be fun ive been fishing winnie for a few years (my aunt and uncle have a cabin between judds and the river inlet) can go there almost any time looking forward to fishing with everyone.

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CPR <(((<

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Each I.C.E. Series event will be a great time for EVERY level of angler.

KIDS ARE FREE!!!!

We'll have an on ice location for the weigh-ins, situated on a likely fish holding spot. We will have Pro Staff available within a 1/4 mile of that location to help out those who would like help or just want to learn more about ice fishing.

The hard core competitors have the whole lake to fish. We meet at the Resort Headquarters at 7 am, drive out to the on ice location where Pro Staff might just give a few hints as to what is happening on the lake and potential good fishing spots. Everyone starts fishing at 8 am.

2 PM for weigh-ins. We crown the World Greatest Ice Angler and draw for an awesome line-up of prizes (Otter Fish Houses, MarCum Depth Finders or Underwtaer Cameras, Eskimo Augers, Eskimo Fish Houses, Catch-n.com tackle, Custom Jigs and Spins tackle, Yukon Tracks Gear, Thorne Bros Sweetheart Rods, Bio Bait, LakeMaster LakeMaps, Ice Buster Bobbers from Todays Tackle, TackleCity.com Panfish jigs, Scenic Tackle Angel Eyes, Glow Devils, Ryans ATV Racks, and more.....).

Oh yes, we will also have a tailgate style feed, brats, fish fry, and bring a little of your own fixins if you'd like, we'll have grills and fryers for you.

While this is going on most of the sponosrs above will be letting you try out their products for yourself. Pro Staff will be there to help and possibly put you on some more fish as we hit that all important dusk bite.

This is going to be fun. Get your friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriends, kids, aunts, uncles, wives and husbands out to at least one of the events to see what all this I.C.E. Series action is all about.

Get More information at:
http://IceLeaders.com

Sign-up for the ICE Series by CLICKING HERE

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Prizes for Championship 1 Showdown on Winni January 10.
Otter Den - Portable fish house
MarCum LX3 Depth/fish finder
Barracuda Ice Auger by Eskimo
Eskimo Quikflip Portable Fish House
An assortment of lures from
Scenic Tackle, Jammin Jigs, Catch N Tackle, Bio Bait and Custom Jigs and Spins
Thorne Bros Ice Rod.
Some DVD's
A Colombia jacket
At the tailgate we'll have Schwiegert sausages and accompanying beverages.
Fun will be had by all. Sign up early. Who's in?


All prizes except for the Trophy will be awarded as door prizes in a drawing. You will need to show up to win though smile.gif


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Otter Outdoors

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Myself, my wife, and my 14 year old son are in! It will be our first ice series event ever! Cant wait smile.gif Tim

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    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • Bobberwatcher
      I don't see ice going out til April. Some more 50 degree temps on the way, but still getting near or below freezing most nights and an extended forecast I saw is showing highs around 30 and even some single digit lows at night for the last couple weeks March. Little if any rain too. 
    • CigarGuy
      Looks like there's plenty of ice still in Spring Bay! Kids snowmobile racing.
    • BWpineisland
      My wife is in total agreement with yours. I love the quiet and remoteness, my wife hates the ice travel!
    • SkunkedAgain
      There aren't a lot of cabins in the bay to begin with, a whole other bonus! For the folks on the south side of the bay, it's an access issue as well. People in general are less likely to go in the winter when you don't have road access, because now you introduce ice conditions, snow depth, darkness, cold, and other factors into the trip. While I have always enjoyed those challenges, it is much different to drive up on a Friday night and pull up to your place versus get there at 10pm, unload machines and gear, and go across the lake at night with gear in tow. I love it. My wife hates it. My daughter is in the middle.   Enjoy it up there.
    • smurfy
      yea that ice looks like its about on its last leg!!!!
    • Rick G
      Being we had a few hours of weather cold enough to make ice I decided to check out one of the small shallow lakes in the St Cloud area.  Ice was in surprisingly good shape this morning, had about 6-7 inches of hard ice again.   Found a pretty decent bite in 8-11 ft of water.  Crappies were riding high in the water colom while sunfish remained close to the bottom for the most part.  Best bait for me was a 3mm motoroil/chrome with a impulse mayfly. By mid afternoon we could definitely tell the ice wasn't as firm as it was in the morning. By the time we left at 4pm I had put all thoughts of returning tomorrow morning out of my mind.  At no point did I feel unsafe, we were prepared for whatever, floatation suits, ropes and ice picks at the ready😏😁.  Today was definitely my last day on the ice for the yr...next stop, spring carp/suckers😁   VID_20240229_150704553.mp4
    • Rick G
      Just trying to make as little noise as possible once holes have been drilled.  
    • CigarGuy
      I take my sxs all the way down Phillips Rd. road to Cains driveway and turn around at the entrance to Laura's and her son's Brian's driveways, Brian bought Davey Crockett's old place.(I think that was his name). You see them fishing on his dock at the beginning of the narrow part of the channel heading in Black Bay. They have the only 2 driveways that are plowed during the winter down Phillips Rd. My neighbor, whom you met, used to plow his boat house road so we access the lake easier in the winter for ice fishing, but he doesn't ice fishing much anymore, so just sleds down that road. I think I know who lets you access the lake, nice of him. I'm surprised more people in Black Bay don't use their places in the winter. I'm heading up in the morning!
    • chucker1101
      I drove on I-35 over Albert Lea Lake on Jan 5. It wasn't even partially frozen, and it's like 6-8 ft average depth or something like that. Those lakes in Sourthern Minnesota didn't even get 2 months of ice this year.
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