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At the moment ice on the Red North of lockport towards the big lake is ready to fish. Reports however have been coming in to suggest that water levels are exremely high (nearing high water mark!) and that anglers must take extreme care when venturing out on the ice. Current is actually "eating" ice from below..... A few big green backs were taken last weekend 32" and a 34" by Ron Gaucher and his friends --- but he's an intrepid angler. I on the other hand decided to venture west and had a superb (but bittterly cold) day on Lake Dauphin. We stopped counting eyes after 40 and we left when we ran out of big chubs.. The wind chill was at -57C which is actually colder than -62F (remember after -40C becomes colder than F). Nonetheless I expect the bite to be as good up there until after christmas.. Maybe the Red will get some attention next weekiend.... regards Dan Cat Eye Outfitter http://www.geocities.com/dkiazyk2000

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Hay Dan, Wuuuzzzzup?

I have heard from other anglers in the area that the ice pack is a worry and treacherous. Sure hope we have a slow spring melt!

I have received a few other reports of SUMO PIGGY walleye near the end of the road. This gets me a bit nervous and I feel the pull north again getting strong. I will see how the weather is over the X-mass holiday, don't look good by the forecast.

Keep us posted to the ice conditions and how the bite set's up in the future in your area. We appreciate it, Thank's.

Be well and Happy Holiday's to you and yours.

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

(Daniel Kiazyk is a good man on the lower Red and a fine choice for a guide if anyone is looking to Canada for a outstanding cat trip.)

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Backwater Guiding Service
"ED ON THE RED"
1-701-671-3079

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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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