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Just checking to see if any of you have been fishing for pike yet. Heading up there this weekend and I want to see whats happening. Has anyone fished for walleyes in Buffalo bay? Where would you start looking? How are the roads and the snow? can I use a pickup or will I need an ATV? Thanks<BR>walleye Slapper

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Paul Waldowski

WS,<P>Hate to discourage you, but we just got back and the fishing was VERY slow. I'm sure it had to do with the terrible weather that we had. You name it and it did it.<P>I would say that we are about 10 days too 2 weeks away from the fish really putting on the feedbag.<P>As far as travel on the lake. You will not be able to get out on the lake with either the truck or the wheeler. You will only get out if you have sleds and even then we blew a couple of engines out. The slush was terrible.<P>Again don't want to bum you out, but figured you'd want to know.<P>------------------<BR>Paul<BR><A HREF="http://www.drakemotel.com" TARGET=_blank>Drake Motel</A><P> [email protected]<BR><A HREF="http://marcumcustomerservice.com/index.aspx" TARGET=_blank>Marcum</A><BR><A HREF="http://otteroutdoors.com" TARGET=_blank>Otter Outdoors</A><BR><A HREF="http://www.jrstackle.com/index.html" TARGET=_blank>JR's Tackle</A>

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Jim W

On the flip side we did see a few "jacks" come in. Couple in the 40 inch range! However that was for 12 guys fishing hardcore!<P>As Paul mentioned, there wasn't consistent weather at all except for the constant howl of the wind! That too changed several times each day! WOW!<P>Travel is not recommended until the snow goes down!<P>Jim W <BR>

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shmick__shmacky

3 of us took sleds across to oak from warroad on sunday. Great conditions, didnt even take the trail up there, just cut staight across. Stopped at stoney on the way back sunday evening, graphed alot of fish but no takers. At least where we went there was no slush and the it was smooth running all the way up. Good luck.<P>------------------<BR>Where's my crew??

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MN Mike

Darn it, if I would have known you guys were up there I would have tried to stop by and say hi. Were you guys fishing Reed? <P>Definetly not a good weekend of fishing, the guys managed a couple 40's on Friday, a 35 and a hammerhandle on Sat. and I pulled a 39 on Sunday. Even managed 1 waldo but I think the bait I was using for pike was bigger! Slowest bite of the year for both pike, perch and walleyes that I have seen. <P>Snow was setup like cement after friday, heated up the 800 a couple times coming off with the house yesterday but didn't hurt anything. Sounds like it is going to warm up nicely this week so I would imagine the snow is going to soften up again, where I was on Sat. I had just about 2 feet of snow on top of the ice.<P>We'll.... thats it for me this winter season, maybe try to hit the Pike tournament at the end of April if possible.<P>Mike<BR>

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<BR>Roads? What roads? A crew of us just returned from the bay, and it was pure sled travel. I'm not even sure an ATV would cut it. Ice conditions are quite variable. With the warmer temps you are going to encounter massive amounts of slush and water. I would definitely call before you head up. We left a day early because conditions were so extreme. Forty, sunny, and wet one day. Then dropped down to 16 with 50 mph winds that evening. You can't set up a portable in that kind of wind!!! The bite was slow, with very few walleyes coming up the hole.

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