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I am going up to the cabin Thursday. Need to know if there is fishable ice yet. Hate to be up there with nothing to do

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I was up at our place on Minnewawa last weekend. No one was out on the ice. I didn't go over to the narrows, but did check the ice in front of our place on the west side. (get there off hwy 14). We had maybe 2" of ice, but with the cold temps this week it should be good to go this weekend. The lake is pretty much froze over. There were some small wet spots in the snow out in the middle of the lake.

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Sorry, No you will not see me at the narrows. Family holiday stuff. Wouldn't you know first ice lands on a holiday. One of these times we have to meet up in person. Always nice to you a friend in the area!!!

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Sorry, No you will not see me at the narrows. Family holiday stuff. Wouldn't you know first ice lands on a holiday. One of these times we have to meet up in person. Always nice to Have a friend in the area!!!

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Thanks for the report. I will see you out at the narrows. Crappies should be biting and during the day northerns will be everywhere.

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5 inches of ice in the narrows. I got out a couple of hours and did well on crappies. With this cold weather I can see house being pulled out next weekend. The main lake should be ready to go

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Yes I have met Ole. I use to own the cabin two down from his on the left. then we moved down the road. I had a beer with last winter at my old cabin. The new owners know him well and we know these people. I had neve caught a winter walleye on that lake and was told that walleyes do not bite during the winter. Ole said he caught one in the narrows the previous night on a small crappie jig. Sure enough I caught one the same way the next night. Nice guy, he knows the lake well.

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Crappieman,
I will be up if everything goes well on the 14th to fish with ole and some of his buddies. If you see a bunch of blue fish traps that will be us. As for the eye's we have never done well in the winter. If you get one it is a bonus and he sure does know the lake and most every lake in the area. Mike Smith

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Hi D-Man
I am not sure about the gills. I am going out this weekend and will report back next week. I still want to meet up with on Mille Lacs for a day. I plan on trying to get up there during my winter break. Dec 21-Jan 5.

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Hi Mike
Where are you going? I am sure they are still hitting in the narrows. Pike and Crappies. Did you see that outdoor news is FINALLY reporting condtions from up there. Willey's report walleye were hitting in 12 feet of water in the afternoon on wawa. I think I am going the sunken islands in the main bay.

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The crappie and walleyes are hitting in the narrows.. Sorry did not get to the gills. Houses are on the main bay. Plan on fishing there next weekend. First time since I have been on the lake (99) that walleyes were hitting with size in the narrows.

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just got home from minnewawa very good ice 12-14" a little snow on top makes travel very easy. Fishing was very slow 2 northerns and 1 crappie. Trucks and cars everywhere on lake.

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I was out yesterday on Minnewawa right where all the other houses were in the middle and we caught a few nice northerns and a dozen or so nice sized crappies. Bite was pretty slow after the noon hour.

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fished wawa thursday thru sunday. Caught all i wanted. Nice gills and very nice crappies.Pleasant point.

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Towards Horseshoe lake east end can't miss it ther are quite a few permanant shelters fish west of them.

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Hey All,
Thought i would throw out a little info on this lake. This Lake is more of a bug lake in the winter. Have caught more eye;s on bugs then anything else. I have for the most part in the last 15 years caught most of my larger fish on Shiners and while jigging for panfish,lake shiners. Larger pike can be had using the double fathead trick.

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Was on Big Sandy this weekend. 23 foot of water off an 8 foot shelf. Many pike up shallow on tip ups with shiners. Biggest was 7 pounds. 2 crappies (slabs), 1 huge rock bass and one tiny walleye. Fish on the vexilar all weekend. They would come up, look and go right back down. Frustrating. We also had fish consistently coming through at 12-15 feet. Not sure what they were..

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We did. Every color, every size. Even went as far as barely lifting the spoons off the bottom.. nothing... lockjaw..

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    • Mike89
    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • 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.
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