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Annual trip up to LOW for some pike action the 2nd weekend in March. What are the snow conditions like in the bay from Warroad? Should I suspect any trouble traveling around out there? Any action yet? Thx. smirk.gif

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Well we have a good bit of snow, any off trail driving with a pickup would be limited and/or iffy.

Tipup time in my book coming up soon for me too, yeehaw!

fiskyknut

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I too look forwared to the pike bite. Just curious about the water clairity. Still pretty murky. Hope they are hungry in the cloudy water.

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They'll be snappin murky or not. Couple of big girls were caught shallow out of Babblers earlier this week I know. Friend in Warroad was even getting them pretty regular back in dec/jan when it was really bad murky.

Check this out Rusty, every now and then I'll keep a small wintertime Pike to eat. Over the years I have found a few frogs in their stomachs on ocassion even with the 3 foot of ice still on the pond. So last fall I froze up a bunch of 1/4 pound leopard frogs and they never got used up Cattin so I figure to drown some of these under the tipups. Could prove an interesting experiment anyhow! I'm hoping they're gonna be the 'hot' bait eh!!!

CPR them BIG girls guys and girls!

Regards.....fiskyknut

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They were snapping in the bay this afternoon, I was fishin walleyes and caught 2 Pike one was 29" and the other I got line burn from it was 34" on gold jigs 14ft. of water also got my limit of eyes tonite. Heard of a 43" and a 38" Pike also caught today. c'on up.

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Thanks for the update guys! I'm looking forward to it. I was a bit nervous about the water clarity thing too this year. You may be onto something with the frog thing. I've always use the stinkiest, biggest ciscoes we can find, but smelt worked pretty well last year. Sounds like chains may be in order for travel though? Keep the info comin' tongue.gif Thanks

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Nutz, man those Smelt are my favorite bait right behind a native LOTW Tulibee. Most 'ciscoes' I see sold are actually Herring, they work good some days for me and many folks swear by them but I'll take a smelt myself.

Last year at iceout I was able to get a few creek Chubs trapped earlier than usual, these work great, wish I could get some to drown under a tipup thru the late ice. Big Common Shiners work very well too.

Bring your chains, don't hang'er up, and stay out of slush holes!

Steve, check your mail, sent you 1 yesterday am.

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Fisky:

We usually order our bait from Morey's Seafood and they have some nice Ciscoes, the real deal, but I'm always game to find something creative. How about herring though. Sounds like the guy at BP swears by em? I say if it stinks worse than......well lets just say the stinkier the better!

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Well I am in the mood for some good Pike action even more after reading all that... I also need some good pike action this Monday, 27th. I am set up right by Gulrock. House is in 28 feet. Any good pike action near there... maybe behind the rock in the shallows? I will be up there Sun, Mon, Tues. Tourney is on Monday. Got fingers crossed.

Now you got me thinking about them frogs too. I tried to save some a few years back in the bait fridge.. NOT A GOOD TURN OUT!!!!!!!!ppppuuuuuuuuuu....lol....

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I would say gull would work.Once i caught a 30`` and a 32`` like 20 minuts apart while fishing for eyes in 28`,just northwest of the rock.About all i caught that day.Later the girl at Dennys told me her boyfriend catches big pike on tipups only up closer.I do not remember which side she said,just up closer.

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Thanks, I'm on it. Gonna get R done. Got the Awesome Lake Master and heading up Sunday morning about 0400 hours.

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Some of my buddies tried live frogs a few years back with no luck. They said the worst part was they had them in a cooler in the hotel room shower and they kept croaking all night! They didn't get much sleep. But they said they never had a flag, but maybe dead ones would be different!

Good luck, See ya in March also!

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We fished in front of the twin trees out of Zipple Bay hoping to grab a few Pike for the F.O.P. on Monday. Caught a couple slot pike, a 33" and a 32" around 1100. We were in 12 fow and caught one on frozen herring and one on live sucker.

Ended up moving deeper later on to catch a couple of saugers and perch to qualify in that catagory.

WAG

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Less than a week now for three fun filled days of pike action, hopefully. Any reports out in front of the riv in warroad? How's travel by truck out there now, more snow?

"I spend most of my life fishing, the rest I just waste." wink.gif

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Last year we tried the frozen frog idea as well with no success. Smelt were our best offering, but hve caught nice pike with cisco and herring in past years. I wish you better luck with the frogs than what we experienced.

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Anyone make it out this weekend? If so how did ya do, and how was it for getting around?

Thanks

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Our group is heading to buffalo wed threw sunday, anyone have any info to share? snow conditions, fishing reports etc would be great! good or bad, thanks!

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minneman, We were out on Buffalo on Sat. We did good on Walleyes and a couple nice Perch but not a flag on Pike, saw one other flag go off for someone else but I don't know if it was a hit and run or just a false alarm, that was it for the whole day. It's been a very slow year for Pike for us but atleast the Walleyes have been biting.

Snow is about 1 to 1 1/2 foot on the lake and flooding in a few areas.

Didn't see hardly anybody out at Reed.

We will be up there this weekend to pull the house off.

Good luck.......

Mike

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minneman,

Was up for my annual trip to Buffalo last week during our school spring break, the biggest we landed in 2 days was a 39", also caught a few in the 36" range. They seemed to be a little slow yet. We were out by the river in about 12-13 feet-had about 15 flags in those 2 days. Hope that helps.

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MOONEYE, HOW WAS THE TRAVEL, WILL BE UP THERE THIS WEEKEND AND AM BRINGING THE 4 WHEELERS, DON'T HAVE SLEDS HOPE I'LL BE ALRIGHT

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Thanks guys! as always, hopeing for the 40+ fish, they seem a bit hard to come by in recent years...? but...sure fun trying for em!!

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LIVE4FISH

Snow was very deep, I'm not sure how a wheeler will do-might be allright if you have chains. We didn't encounter any slush, but there are numerous ice ridges on the way out to the river from buffalo point and to stony pt. I hope you guys get the big one's-

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We fished Friday and Saturday near Elm Point. Friday was slow, had alot of operator error....T-pin spun off when a fish hit, quickstrike came uncrimped, bad hooksets etc. A few felt like solid fish but we couldn't land the big girls. Saturday picked up a bit. 36, 37.5, 38, 38.5, 39 were the biggest. Couldn't break the 40 mark this year but the guys next to us caught a 41.5 in the same holes we were using friday. Live vs. dead bait, didn't seem to make a huge difference this year. 6 to 8 foot and most fish caught in 5.5 to 6ft. We used snowmobiles to get around. 4-wheeler wouldn't have done it this weekend.

"Catch and Release fishing is a lot like golf. You don't have to eat the ball to have a good time."

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Thanks MuskyNutz for the report! Good to hear you caught some fish! I think me and my buddies are going to try the 1st week of April...hopefully!

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Would anyone happen to know how the access is out of swift ditch. Plowed roads? Snowmobile only? Need 4 wheel drive?

Will be going up Saturday 25th through Monday 27th. Any reports from the warroad area would be appreciated.

peace-WAG

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