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O.K. Guys, I'll be up Thursday night, 03/09. What's the scoop...Will my truck with chains cut it anymore or do I have to drag the sleds up to move around off the road? Will be out in the bay somewhere in front of the river, or else springsteel area. Sounds like travel on Red is getting tough too. Are they Bitin'????? shocked.gif]

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

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I just got back from Arnesens.

If there isnt a plowed road, you wont be getting around in a pickup.

Some guy tried to leave the road that was plowed out to 16 mile on Saturday and spent the better part of the day digging it out. Someone ended up having to plow a road to the guys truck to get him out.

Fishing was pretty poor. We had 6 people in a house yesterday on 16 mile and we didnt get a single bite until after 1pm. From 1 to 3 we picked up some fish, but we kept some that were awfully marginal.

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Thanks BLB. If I heard somebody correctly they got 24" of snow since 03/01 to now and more expected? I guess sleds are in order! Pike action anybody?

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I can tell you what I found on Saturday when I was out.What I did was loaded the snowmobile with the saddlebags with my ice fishing gear and headed out to morris point area on sled.I left out of my house just west of Warroad and rode to the river and then out to 5 mile reef and on to Rocky point.From here I rode about 2 miles off shore to morris and went fishing.Total trip time was 20 minutes and was one of the most awesome trips across the lake.I road the bomber trail to 5 mile and that was it.The average snow base on the lake would be close to 2 feet of snow.Average!Like one persom said about 16 mile reef.If you get off the road...bring a shovel and be prepared to use it.When I rode by the roads by Zipple and Lond Point,I didn't hardly see anyone off the roads.Everyone was parked on the roads and dragging the equiptment to "their spot".Some vehicles that I did see off the roads had plows on the front.Even some of the 4-wheel drive atvs are stuggling a little.Snow conditions for traveling on sled on the big pond are awesome.I would say play it safe and bring the sled.It may suck on the gas mileage and worring about a trailer in tow but better safe than sorry. just my 2 cents.

ps only saw 4 fish on Saurday from 12:30 to 4:30 in 3 houses in 25 fow. Sunday was much better from what I heard.

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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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