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Finlander

Osakis Fist Ice Report!

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Finlander

Just to report the fishing this past weekend!
Went up to Osakis friday about 3:00pm and I could see small open spots in the ice out to the right
of the cabin, so we (Joneshat11, Billy my brother and me) went to the north end boat access spot known as the "Saddle".
Joneshat11 put the camera of his new underwater camera down the hole and he could see crappies and sunfish
swimming around in 28' of water.
We ended up catching around a dozen crappies and a few sunfish and a few pike.
Saturday a friend of mine named Jon went with us to the same spot on the saddle and we ended up
catching around 5 pike, the biggest one was the one that I caught that went around 8 pounds. We also caught
some crappies and sunfich, no walleyes!
Saturday afternoon, Jeff my friend joined us and we went out front of the cabin, testing the ice thickness all the way.
4" was what we found every where we went.
Joneshat11 put his camera down and he could see sunfish on the screen and then he saw a walleye.
So he lowered down a Buckshot Rattle Spoon with a minnow head and started jigging it.
The walleye re-appeared, looked at the jig and minnow, swam away, then appeared again and Joneshat11 watched
the walleye take the jig and Lawrence set the hook. Joneshat11 started wooping and hollering telling us just what had happened!
Joneshat11 ended up catching three walleyes and we all caught more crappies and sunfish.
Sunday morning I caught two walleyes on a Northland Buckshot Rattle jig and a minnow head. A 18" and 22"!
Don't know the exact totals of fish we caught but we sure had fun.
Got blown off the lake by 10:00am sunday with
wind gusts to 40mph. Lost two minnow buckets and Jeff lost a Bun-Saver cushion that is on the other side of the lake.
Jeff fish house took off with the wind when he went to check his tip-up. Jeff's fish house had Lawrence's camrea in it and Jeff's
FL-18. Billy caught the house as it came flying by him. Lawrence's camera didn't get broke, and Jeff's FL-18 was OK too.
But when Jeff decided to go back to the cabin, the wind got hold of his house that was acting like a parachute and started dragging
Jeff accross the ice. All we could do was laugh! He finally got hold of the house and collapsed the house so the canvas wouldn't
act as a parachute. Man was that funny!
I think he will be buying ice cleats for his boots now!
Had a great time! grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif
Finlander

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Seabass77

Is that the access between coon point and battle point or is there one further up the bay (further northeast)?

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bendaryesterday

Thanks for the post I heading up this weekend with the gear this time I had to full of a truck last weekend I think I was watching you guys threw the binoculars get blowen off the lake sunday morning it was funny!!! I could use some edvise on were to fishem acess or a little south of buck point witch is in front of my cabin.
Last weekend it was hard seeing people going out and i couldnt butt I got all the gear ready for friday if any of you guys are heding out we should bs for a while

Should have been dar yesterday

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StrosLit31

Does any one know current thickness of the ice on osakis north end. Would like to pull out a small permanant shack out on sat. but i would like to have 7-8 inches of ice before i pull it out. any info would be nice. thanks

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Finlander

Seabass77, there are two accesses on the very north side of the lake.
One by Holiday resort at the curve in the road just before the resort.
And an access that is accross from Caugrens point where there will be a city of houses pretty quickly!
Turn the opposite direction of the taxidermy sign on the tar road that is in between the Head of the Lakes resort and Holiday resort!
Good Luck!

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Finlander

6" of ice as of 4:00pm today on the north end.
Last sunday there was 4" of ice!

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StrosLit31

Thanks for the info Finlander. Should be up there sat. afternoon. Hopefull its gets cold the next couple of nights. good luck fishing.

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