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mamohr686

Baudette/pine island area report 1/27-1/28

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I was one of the crazy ones who actually fished last weekend. We stopped at Red Lake on our way up from Alexandria on friday 1/26 and had a great walleye bite. We never managed to catch a fish under 18" so it was a total blast, and everything got released. I did miss one bite that seemed like a crappie, but I never got a school to come through. I talked to a few guys staying at wigwam and they seemed to have all had a great time before the major cold front hit. One guy showed me pictures of a 29" walleye still on his digital camera he caught shallow in the lighthouse gap at 2:30 in the afternoon. We got up on saturday morning and had a nice wind about 40mph and temps way below zero, I couldn't find the spot I wanted to set up with near white-out conditions so we ended up fishing a few miles out where some previous good reports were. Fishing was slow and we only caught about 5 fish before 11:00. Normally I move until I find decent fish but it was so brutal and my wife couldn't help me much. With my otter cabin and my Mr heater cooker on high I couldn't keep my holes open, even with my suburban blocking the wind. At 11:00 we left the lake so my wife could eat some hot food and replaced our shiners that froze overnight in the truck, I didn't have much confidence in the fatheads that survived the night. I decided to go for broke and set up near pine island in 14 feet of water (12' under the ice) in an area where I caught a trophy walleye a couple of years ago. About 3 or 3:30 My wife Niki caught a 20" walleye that is her personal best. It was just over the slot so we snapped a picture an let it go.

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You have to love all the ice on the inside of the Otter!

A Little after 4:00 I dropped my spoon down and out of nowhere a giant mark on my vexilar comes flying up and crushes my bait while it was still falling (I was using an angel eye hammered copper spoon with a red hook and shiner head). Niki was a really big help and pulled my vexilar transducer out of my hole and cranked up the other lines in house while I battled the fish. I had a heck of a time trying to get it up the 8" hole but somehow I managed to get it. I measured it on a fish ruler and it went over a whopping 31" actually tying my largest walleye ever that I caught at tobin river in canada. I released the fish after I got a couple of quick pictures, and the length. That fish really make my entire weekend, I keep thinking how lucky I am with big walleyes.

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Sunday was much better weather wise because the wind died. The truck thermometer was reading -15 when we hit the lake and finally found where my dad had been having good luck in the past 2 weeks. We drove 1.1 miles past pine island in the area near some adrians sleeper houses and fished in 27 feet of water (25' under the ice) We had a respectable morning and caught about 6 keeper fish or so before 10:00am. It seemed like every so often a large school of shiners would show up on the vexilar in 10 feet of water and then soon after a nice walleye or sauger would follow. I even managed to catch another slot fish that was in the 4-5lb range.

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It wasn't the fast action on lake of the woods that I'm used to with the major cold front but the big fish make it a really memorable trip. I think the key was finding a few active fish that were still following the baitfish. This same area had been producing huge numbers just last week. I would start a few miles out in the morning the go shallow midafternoon and go for the lunkers.

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fiskyknut

Sweet, perseverance pays off bigtime eh! Was good in there in December too!

Another one bites the.....AE spoon!

Congrats on them nice fishes.

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widetrack

That 31 is a dandy... Nice one!

That frosty shack looks a lot like the day I cured my wife from the ice fishing bug... but first you need to bring them on a long sled ride... grin.gif

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Lip RIPPER!

Did you pound her all the way up to Hay Island?

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Skyndalive

Wow, great fish!....congrats

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    • Borch
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