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Well much to my surprise the mid-day bite was the high point of the weekend for myself. There is a small sand-bar weed line out of fishermans bay marked with three bouys (it is in front of a small island I'm sure someone will help me out with a name). It produced walleyes sat. and sunday for me. There is plenty of Slimers to go around also. My kids had fun with them.

Minimal amount of sportboat traffic on the lake but plenty of inconsiderate people in them! I had a older couple in a pontoon cut inbetween the bouys right in front of me while I was trolling! They just smiled and waved like there was nothing wrong frown.gif. I will get over it it just had to be mentioned.

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Can I ask what bait and/or presenation you were using?

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Lindy rigs Hammered Copper 6 to 10 ft long.

Leeches big leeches! I did not find a bait store in the Mcgregor area that carry big ones. I buy them at 65 bait on the way up.

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Spinners Ah, trolling or drifting? just trying to figure out speed.

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Slooooooooooow 2mph via gps average
Dont be afraid to try a crawler either.

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I'm heading up this weekend. Hope to catch the first eye there. I have never caught one on this lake and only a couple on others. Going to parents cabin by Hillcrest resort. Any pointers?? Be up friday afternoon- monday afternoon.

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Moby1,
I will be right around the corner at Eagle Point. I have a sesonal there. If you would like to get together I will try to help you out on your quest for a "wall dog". My wife and kids don't do the morning thing but my dog does! Let me know [email protected]

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Mobey1 Good luck this weekend. If you stand on the dock and look straight ahead you should see a bridge . Now follow the shoreline to the right untill you see the point. Line yourself up about half way between the bridge and the point and head out. About half way to the shoreline you will run into a rock pile that comes upto about 10 feet. Fish it slow with a spinner and a leech or crawler and you should pick up some wally's.Don't expect a world record and bring lots of spinners.Good luck Mark

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Moby,
Thats one of those rock piles I was telling you about. Keep in mind, there is another one straight out from Hillcrest. Maybe 1/4 or 1/3 of the way towards the bridge.

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thanks for the tips. Plan on meeting up with Sandburr on saturday morning. 1 eye for the pan would be good, more would be great. Haven't kept a fish to eat since winter. Father in law here from florida. Would like to give him a taste of fresh minnesota eye. I haven't eaten any eye in 15 years (not a big eater but take lots of pics)
will post results

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Pssst
Moby,
Don't you dare tell anyone, but go into the Prarie River, go under the bridge, and just around the corner there is a pine tree that fell in the river.
Toss out a small jig/crappie minnow.
I have not gotten reports recently, but I would be willing to bet, there will some crappies in there. Gotta get up EARLY though.

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Crappies!! That is my other quest. I was going to put in a question about them. You must've read my mind. Only caught 3 crappies out the lake in the past but our neighbors get them on a regular basis. Early is good!
Nothing to do with fishing but if ya are looking for fun there is-was a big rope swing (like the old Mt Dew commercials if anyone remembers those) a mile or two up the river. Big hang out spot on a hot day and a lot of fun.
Thanks to all for the tips. Hopefully I will have a good report when I get back. Meeting up with sandburr tomorrow morniing. :+)) Can't wait!!!

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    • Brianf.
      There's not much snow left from what I can see on our Ring cam.  This is facing North across Niles Bay.  Also, the temp is 44 at this moment so what snow might be left is going fast.  
    • 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
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    • 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 
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