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LOW March 1st to the 5th


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Hi Guys, my fiance and I are heading up to LOW, she has never been there and it's been a while since I have. We are staying out of Borderview. Our sleds are gassed and ready to go since there is no snow in the Mankato area.

We plan on fishing walleye's, in Borderview's houses Friday and probably some pike Saturday and some riding before fishing and after. We are so looking forward to this trip, my fiance has never caught a fish thru the ice.

My question is how are the snowmobile trails, we would like to run from Wheeler's point to the NW angle, is that possible and how far of a run is it??. The second question is any suggestions on what type and color of baits are doing the best up there right now. Like I said we are going to be fishing out of Borderview's houses so fishing portable is not an option, just looking for types and colors of baits that are producing.

Take care and thanks for all the help.

Sniper1, Doug F

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On my way to the Grayston Public Acess,i noticed the trails were freshly groomed.Looked like cake frosting.Before unloading my fishing gear,i did my best to break them in.Excellent from Zipple to Wheeler.Just superb.I do not know about up towards the Angle but I would say that you would not be disappointed.Once I rode the trail from Warroad up that way.Was having so much fun that i had a meltdown up near Stoney Point.Was it worth it?U bet.

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Sniper: Sportsmans resort runs the trail from Wheelers Point to Oak Island for taking clients to their resort out there. It's a groomed trail and you can make the run 30/40 mph without any problems. It's marked with black flags all the way. However, if you are not familier with LOTW, a GPS and a Marine Handheld radio, are good safety things to have along in case you have a breakdown. It's cold and lonely out there, if you know what I mean confused.gif.... Kaz

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Sniper: Kaz is right on regarding the GPS and radio. Last week when coming back from near Garden Island our bomber broke down at 430PM. No matter what Bo our driver did it just would not go. Thank god there were two other guides in the area from Snobies fish house rentals. And they were able to come over to where we were and pick 8 of us up and transport us back to shore. Barron and Darin from Snobies are really great guys, have known them for several years and they did everything to accomadate us and all of our gear. Even the guides who fish and guide here all the time team up during thier travelss this far from land. All of Charlies bombers out of Riverbend have 20# cylinders and sun flower heaters in them, just in case. Believe me with the bomber down it didn't take long to feel the cold setting in, plus I was down to two Salted Nut rolls and three slim Jims, not much of a supper for sure.

The ride on this traill to the Angle is good, watch ahead as there were a couple of pressure ridges that piled up on Tuesday, you'll be able to seem them just don't hit em wide open. Have a great time and as Kaz (who has fished the lake for a long time) advised be prepared. Monitor channel 88 on your radio, that will put you in touch with the resorts and or bombers if you run into trouble. A cell phone is not a bad idea either. Good luck and hold onto your rod. Bill

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    • redlabguy
      Mark, Glad your crew had another great outing. It’s always good to read your reports. Just wish there were more of them like the old days. Sorry you hit the storm. One of the worst in our 14 years. We’ll be dealing with dock issues for a long time but nothing like the good folks in Cook have.  The fishing has come around a little since the storm. Definitely nightcrawler now. I don’t get far out of Frazer but the reefs are where the action is. Looking forward to hearing from you in September.  My best to you and Linda, RLG p.s. Our good old red lab, Ole, cashed it in last summer, but we have a 6 month old lab now who is learning the ropes up here (and teaching us we’re older than we think we are!)
    • Mike89
    • leech~~
      No can see?  
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
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