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Just a quick report on Long lake. Our family has been renting a cabin from Cedar Shores for a number of years now. Due to the cold temps this year I noticed that the weed growth was not as it had been in the past years. Fishing was terrific on the lake this year. I usually go out only in the mornings while the wife and kids are still sleeping. I'm usually finished by 8:30 or so. I've learned over the years the the best way for me to fish this lake is to use three way rigs and gold or silver colorado blades that are about the size of a quarter. Crawlers with circle hooks are all that I've ever used for natural bait. The other thing that has worked well is to go out in the middle of the north basin and to pull deep diving baits in that 20-30 foot range. We do this all year long on Mille Lacs,speeds are1.3-2.0mph. Also take the boat in and out of gear every so often, even back up a foot or two and BOOM the walleyes just crush the lures. Good luck everyone. I'm not to hard to find because my Gordon Setter goes out with me every morning and sits on the front platform while I'm fishing.

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Bird Dog, I have been going on a family vacation to Long Lake for 4 years now.

I will be there this year the first week in August.

I have had great success for 'eyes on the lake each trip pulling cranks behind boards, both on weedlines and in the north basin.

What style crankbaits are you using? How much line are you letting out? I have the best luck in the north basin with big reef runners with 150 - 200' of line out. Along the weedlines I have the best luck with #5 wally divers and rip shads with 90 - 110' of line out.

It is fun catching mid-summer suspended fish. They always seem to just crush the bait.

Thanks for the report. Definitely a confidence booster knowing I'll be there in a couple of weeks.

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The two lures that I've had the best luck with are reef runners and the old style deep diving thunder sticks. Best two or three colors are the fire tiger,wonderbread and the blackbones patterns. As far as the thundersticks go the best patterns seem to be the reds and blues with the silver lips. distance back is about 150-180 back. I've had good luck using #5 shad raps along the weedlines but this only seems to work before sunup. For a while thunderstick came out with a whole new lure shape and I picked up a dozen or more,don't waste your money. The old pattern is the one that works. They started producing the old style again and I've seen then now again at Mill's and Gander-Good Luck

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Bird dog, it sounds as though we have the same pattern going. That's pretty darn cool.

I will report my results when I get back.

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    • rundrave
      @Rick G   have you changed your approach or how you are fishing with no snow cover this year? It seems to really have changed things. Fish are spooky to  any movement above the ice.  Even just jigging a rod with your hand etc. spooks fish. Weed lines are not dying off etc., fish are staying up shallower etc.   I have had a lot more luck just dead sticking and bobber fishing and being away from holes or intentionally drilling holes in slush pockets or drifts to eliminate shadows etc.
    • smurfy
      Awesome cause Rick!!👍👍👌
    • Rick G
      Fishing has been pretty good for the most part with the exception of a slow day mixed in here and there. Been on a few different lakes in the last week. Ice conditions continue to fluctuate depending on warm and cold spells.  Right now there is 7-8 inches on the lakes I have been on. Snow cover is just about gone again, and with the warm days coming I think our ice season might be coming to an end locally.  Today I fished with a good buddy and we were on a mission... To find enough fresh fish to feed the folks at a local veterans home Friday dinner.  Mission accomplished!!!   Found a good mix of perfect eater size fish😁.   
    • leech~~
      Thanks for clearing up your statement.  So what is the daily limit down there?  
    • SkunkedAgain
      How thick is the snow on the lake? Is there any left?
    • Kettle
      His guide business harvests less than 1,000 teal a year. The state of Louisiana harvests over 150,000 teal a year and over 2 million ducks total. If that makes sense. 
    • leech~~
      Maybe I'm confused, but I hope one guide is not killing anywhere near the birds as an entire state of hunters?  
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   Ice fishing continues strong and it is still winter on the border.    Overnight temps in the teens and twenties are maintaining ice nicely.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  It has been an incredible year for walleyes and saugers with both numbers and size.     Resort fish houses and sleeper fish houses are available.  Some ice roads are allowing pickup trucks pulling wheelhouses as well.  Check with each individual ice road for specific limits.   As always, and certainly this year, it is important to stay on the resort ice roads.  It is tempting to go off on your own as there isn't much snow, but that is a risky move any time of the year.  Resorts and outfitters keep their roads on the best ice and monitor it numerous times per day.   Lake of the Woods enjoys an extended ice fishing season each year.  Fish houses are allowed on the ice through March 31st, the walleye / sauger season goes through April 14th and the pike season never ends.   The majority of ice fishing for walleyes and saugers is taking place in 24 - 34 feet of water.  Jigging one line and using a live minnow on the second line is the way to go.   Pike anglers fishing shallower shoreline breaks and reporting good activity and big fish.  Pike activity will only increase as we approach the month of March.  Arming your spread with a mixture of live and dead baits will allow you to quickly figure out what the pike wants that day. Alewife, smelt, herring, numerous sizes of live suckers, or even large shiners work well. On the Rainy River...  Most ice fishing is taking place on the lake.  There are a couple of resorts that ice fish on the Rainy River.  Know ice conditions or work through a resort or outfitter for safety.    The river is open east of Birchdale.  Those who enjoy the spring open water season on the river are optimistic the river will open early.  Is your boat and fishing gear ready when it does? Up at the NW Angle...   Another very good week of ice fishing up at the Angle.  Walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, eelpout, pike and some big crappies in the mix.   Water conditions are clearer this winter compared to most.  For that reason, the morning and evening bites have been stronger than midday overall. Jigging one line and deadsticking the second line is the way to go.  Electronics help in determining what the fish want that given day and will up your catch of fish.   Ice fishing has been excellent, come on up.  It's still winter on the border! 
    • Kettle
      There's only one Waterfowl guide in the country that I went to. He runs about 20 trips a year. So he harvests about 185,000 less teal a year than some of the individual southern states. In MN, lots of the teal are gone before the early teal season 
    • leech~~
      Wow, don't want to be one of those guys.  But, you don't think such liberal limits down there, hurts the northern population next spring?  
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