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Arnesens 1/21-1/22

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I took a friend from Iowa to Arnesens on 1/21, 1/22 and we had a great time. He had never ice fished before so everything was new to him. We kept 6 sauger, 2 eyes, 1 perch and threw several "dinks" back the first day. I'm not sure of the reef names there but we were straight west of Gull Rock in 26 ft. 2nd day they moved us about a mile further north and again in 26 ft. We caught 8 eyes, 2 jumbo perch, 1 sauger and 2-8# pouts. Threw back again about a dozen undersize ones. I thought it was only right that the guy from Iowa caught the 2 pout and boy did he have fun catching them. He was really excited not just for the fact that they were fun to catch, but because they were so much like their native state fish - the catfish!!!

I do have to say that Arnesens really does a nice job catering to their guests. The guides were very attentive, making sure we were satisfied, the staff and accomadations were excellent and the food was great. I was really impressed in how well they keep their houses - freshly painted every year, good clean conditions. We ended our trip with another treat . . . I took him over to Riverbend for one of the best breakfasts around -their bisquits and gravy.

I would highly recommend to anyone that is going to take their wife on one of these ice fishing excursions, Arnesens is a good clean and friendly place to treat her. Good luck to everyone and keep your stick on the ice!

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bturck

thebuck: Sounds to me like your friend may make this an annual run. Much better than catching bullheads eh?

grin.gif I have almost as much fun taking someone up who has never gone before and watching them catch fish as catching them myself.

That biscuits and gravy goes really well with a hot carmel roll and some butter on the side. Thanks for posting your report. Bill

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iffwalleyes

Mmmm Riverbend bisquits and gravy I love those things man are they good grin.gif. Worth the trip alone for those.

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the buck

Bill,I do believe this will be an annual trip for him. Its always a good feeling to get another person hooked on this great sport. And by the way, I didn't have room for the rolls, 4 bisquits and gravy was very filling and very tasty. I'll get the rolls next time around. smile.gif

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Tripleplay

Bill,

You are killing me with these biscuits and gravy comments! I'll be at Riverbend fishing the 2nd and 3rd with my 14 yr old son and a 16 yr old nephew. I've got the menu planned out and it doesn't currently include those on the menu as the big cakes in Baudette were a challenge I was going to impose on those two growing boys! Who knows--I love biscuits and gravy so I may have to redo the menu. Now you throw carmel rolls into the mix---it just isn't fair.

Neither of these guys has ever caught a walleye through the ice and in fact the nephew has never even ice fished so a whole bunch of cherries are to be broken. A couple of extra depth finders hidden in the pocket should get some early adrenaline going. Maybe a pout or two to slime em up!

We'll also be on URL with Kelly P. for a night before so they should be broken in and maybe a bit tired when we arrive. That should help at the resort with the noise level.

I've fished out of a number of other resorts on LOW and always had good experiences if not always the greatest of fishing but who cares--it is definitely better than working! Although we haven't met, I told the folks at Riverbend that you are one of their greatest supporters on FM and I didn't think I could go wrong. They have been great to work with already just through my phone calls and reservation and if they are half as good as you have consistently reported this should be a great trip.

Will report back results after the Super Bowl!

Tripleplay (aka: Irv)

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