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Wacky weather is of no help at all. If so, it will be at points South of you and I Scoot. If you’re up for a short road trip, we may be on some eyes from shore this weekend? Hit and miss yet at best?

Sunday sounds better then Saturday for weather so far, who knows?

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Not long after my last post I started getting sick. I've spent a bunch of the past few hours "chuckin'". What fun. If I don't feel better it looks like I might be stuck sitting inside doing nothing (I suck at doing nothing- I hate it.)
Scoot

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Scoot do you remember the last place we chatted in person? Think now?

I have started to get some 16-23" walleye there. Not a bunch, but a few. I had only 1 in the keeper range the rest were in the toss back range.

Remember only 2 under 18" a day now if you go. (I will be watching close to make sure folks fallow the spring conservation slot laws too. As will the boys in green with the long eyes.)

I did my best of Bombers in green and white. Jigs sure should work if a guy has some nice fat fatheads to tip them with. I didn't have any live bait on hand when I tested the spot out.

Maybe see ya there tonight?

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

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Ed,

I didn't see your post until now otherwise I'd have been down there with you. Sounds like maybe it's time to start banging the shorelines looking for some eyes- yeeeeha!
Actually, I don't know if I'll be able to get down there for a while. I'm doing the in-law/parents thing over the next couple of days, then I'll hunt snows on Mon, work Tues and Wed., then it's up to the Rainy to give the spring run a shot.
I hope I can get a boat in up North- I've got a buddy coming from Wis. and another one coming from Ariz. who are both regulars up there with me. Both have been reading internet reports on the ice and we're all skeptical, yet hopeful, about getting a boat in. I guess we'll just have to wait and see and be hopeful.
Thanks for the report. I'll be down there as soon as I can be. As for the limits and size restrictions- I'm not one to worry about. I put 'em all back in the Red (no, I don't think there's anything wrong with them, I just love to catch 'em). I can't wait to get down there and give it a shot.
Scoot

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You didn't miss too dang much tonight Scoot.

A few 12-13" eyes and they were real touchy to hook.

Bring on the sun, more sun = more fun I think?

I will be headed South this weekend, may be better down that way?

See ya on the muddy banks soon.

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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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