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Found me some new river area's to play on so I will be away from the board for a few days, you folks keep things humming along, ok!

Wish me luck!

BE......><, ,>

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Fishing is very good despite snow, drizzle, rain, and a touch of mud.

My son Ian and I worked a small river near Wahpeton and found lot's of eager walleye and a few big pike.

I didn't keep count of the walleye we caught and released but Ian did, and according to his count we released over 215 walleye in two days. He said he caught the most? (YA RIGHT)

We both had a blast!

(PSSSSST-Hay-I caught the most, not Ian. I just let him think so, Honest? OK, he may have out fished me a bit? Maybe?)

Ian pulled up a 18 lb. pike on a 1/4 oz. jig and twister, that was fun to watch! He did a great job on that fish in the tight cover we were in!

We hope to get a few more days on the river before it is to stiff to push a boat through, hope mother nature cooperates?

BE & Ian ......><, ,>......><,>

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215 Walleyes?
Wow, now that's action!
Wish I could of been there....work sucks!
Down in the teens tonight...hopefully!

Skeeter

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Good job Ed. That sounds like some good days of fishing. I'm sure Ian will be talking about that fishing trip for a long time! I shouldn't have put my boat in storage so soon but I was getting tierd of not having my truck in the garage so put the river boat in storage so I could get my tuck inside. What kind of presentaion were you using to catch those walleyes? Do you do any ice fishing on the rivers Ed? I haven't ice fished on the Red but am thinking of giving it a try this winter. I found some spots that I think would be good winter locations for walleyes while out fishing for cats on the Red this summer. Bruce

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Good trip, hope to have more yet if the weather cooperates, yep-yep it was fun!

If you plan on ice fishing the Red or other Rivers be VERY CAREFUL!

Rule #1- NO ice is safe ice on a river.

Rule #2- ALWAYS test ice with a spud bar prior to walking on any ice.

Rule #3- Ice on a river is never consistent, re-check before expanding your fishing territory!

Rule #4- Don't fish alone on early ice and keep a rope and ice pick's handy in case of a break through. Also let someone know your location and est. time of return.

Off current areas are your best bet, backwater's and oxbow's if avalable. Most walleye are near shore or at the base of the first break, current breaks and snags are key at first ice.

Be careful Bruce! I have went through ice on rivers before, not fun! Darn lucky to be alive too!

Good hunting.

BE......><, ,>

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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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