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Hey just thought I would pass on a tip that is proving to be very productive as of late.

Many people on LOW, Red Lake River and surrounding lakes are getting some real good action useing Rattle Raps through the ice... I have never used them in the winter but they are seeming to bring them in like crazy??? Drop it down and jig like crazy... I gave it a go today and it worked..

Another tip is that I started to test out my cat baits under the ice.. and they are working. ... not for cats though.. but Pike are chomping them up.... two nice pike today on the cat bait. I don't give out all my secrets but if you search the forums you will find my bait of choice... I did however modify it a little today.. but that might be posted if you ask real nice :-)

crank up the heaters and jig...........................

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Hey Wiskers how was fishing after I left last night? Still having them jumping around in the wrong hole? Didn't see your truck this morning did you make it out at all this morning? When you going out fishing again?

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Wiskers,

The rattle trap thing is an old northern hunters trick. Some guys will put down dead suckers and put a hookless rattle trap down between them and "call 'em in". It's amazing how much noise those little things make!
You find any decent eye fishing?
Scoot

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fishin man... I was down there yesterday all day... Only seen suckers and cats. I am going again Friday.. gonna move the houses. That Big Pike in the other hole dancing on top of the water was quite a sight.... My heart pounded for at least an hour after that one. LOL LOL ... For the rest of you, I caught a nice Pike the other day in the dam. It was about 8#.. Well I have two holes in my house about 2feet by 3 feet. Well I caught the pike in the right side hole but the pike insisted on going out the left hole and dance on top of the water twice soaking the fish house.. LOL... until he got wrapped around the camera cord.. cody spotted him wrapped up but it was too late, he shook the hook loose and was gone, giggling his little hiney off at us i bet.. As a matter of fact.. the more I think about it that may have been a Muskie??? It was very light colored and had dark markings and a real long nose.... or a cross... Hummmmmm.... Wish we could have seen it longer..

scoot.... Ya I guess your right. I guess what ever makes noise will bring in any fish for investigation... I have not gotten it to work yet but only tried once. I am going to start trying it more to see if maybe it will bring in cats too..

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Hey Wiskers Do you have the information for the fishing tournement yet? Sounds like Delta Theta Sigma will help you out if drop us a line with information as soon as you can so we can get guys together. Oh Yeah how was moving the beast of a fish house?

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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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