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Re: To the guy with the house on Grays Bay
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I really don't have sympathy for this guy as everyone else was able to get their houses off. If you can't get it off, pay to have someone else get it instead of just taking a wait and see approach. You have to take responsibility for the situations you get yourself in.

Posted on: 3/6 12:40:08
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Re: First time Fred's beds
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bottlebass wrote:
Staying in a house through Fred's Beds next week for the first time and it's my first time to LOTW since I was a kid. Any important advice I should know before I go? We decided on a sleeper so we could try to catch some pout in the evenings.

We are planning on doing most our own food but might want to drive in early in the morning to use facilities before it gets too light out, any good spots to go for breakfast that are open early?

Says bait is provided but should we bring some of our own too? They probably just provide fat heads I'd assume, should we get some shiners or something too? Is it worth setting a sucker out on a tip up trying for pike during the day?

Reading through the LOTW forum looks like gold and red and anything glow are the colors to start with. Do people use plain hooks on their set lines or is glow jig better usually.

Any help is appreciated, really just excited to get up there since the season ended a little early down here... Thanks.


I've been staying with Nels for a handful of years. I would recommend taking matches, extra trash bags and hand sanitizer. If you have a generator bring it as the houses are generator ready and have a tv/dvd player in them.

Morris Point, the resort you launch out of has a great breakfast and the omelets are awesome. Nels provides fat heads but I would bring some shiners too. Outdoors again in Baudette is a great place to stop for bait. You'll likely be fishing in 28-32 fow so pike may be hard to come by. You'll also want as many lines as possible during the day for eye and saugers since it's a heavy day bite.

Gold is always a hot color. I had a gold gem-n-eye that was magic in January. Plain red hooks are also very good.

Posted on: 3/2 15:30:34
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Re: Insurance on your Fish House?
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sunkinboat wrote:
Im purchasing a new ice castle today, I am getting a quote of $432 a year through Farmers, does that seem high?? Can anyone help me out?

2018 Ice Castle Lake of the Woods 16 feet plus v. Ac/fridge/oven. Value around 19k.


That seems way high to me. Most of the policies I've seen and been quoted are in the $100-$250 range.

Posted on: 3/2 13:14:19
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Re: Willmar Area
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Ice on most is fine to walk out and some are holding up well even for wheeler traffic. Last I checked, non-aerated lakes were holding 12-13 inches with about the first 3 or 4 being pretty rotten.

Posted on: 2/23 10:32:03
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Re: Ice castle or Glacier?
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Just a thought if the total weight of the house is 4900 is it possible the frame weighs 1000 or more of that total weight?


Jriegel is spot on. The dry weight of the house is 4920 but 1500 of that is frame. The capacity of the frame is 5300 lbs. So the 17 ft rv edition is 3420 lbs of house on the frame. So you're well under the 5300 capacity.

Posted on: 2/22 23:05:04
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Re: Ice castle or Glacier?
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Non rv castles in that size usually come in around 4200 lbs. The 4920 is the dry weight which includes the hydraulics. I have a very hard time believing the Berlin frame is only rated to 5300 lbs as the rv version with full propane, water tanks and gear would be over the limit. I think if you went to another dealer such as Milaca, Smokey Hills, Bullyans, you'll feel much more comfortable with the castle. Those guys sell a lot of them and know their stuff.

Posted on: 2/22 20:30:56
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Re: Ice castle or Glacier?
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The 8x17 Ice Castle RV has an estimated weight of 4,920 lbs. It kind of sounds like the dealer turned you away more than the house itself. I'm a big fan of Ice Castles and have watched them being made. Every line of houses has its detractors. Common sentiments are that Yettis get cold and brittle, Firebrands ride too low and hit on landings, Ice Castles rust like crazy, Glaciers look good but fall apart quickly, etc.

I will tell you that Ice Castle has come a long way on their frames, especially the hydraulics. They also offer galvanized frames for hydraulic houses which, if you can afford it, is excellent.

I'm not a huge fan of rv editions so I can't comment on the water lines, pumps, etc.

I have viewed Glaciers and I do not like them. When I fished in them I've found it to be very drafty and I've also seen cabinet doors fall off during transport and after minimal use.

Ice castles can be put together well or, if someone is having a bad day at the shop, you might notice some fit and finish issues. Before you accept delivery, just make sure you go through and note anything you want fixed and they will fix it for you. Make sure you're happy with it before you tow it home. There is a reason ice castle is the #1 selling fish house and it's because it is affordable, there are many layout options and, in general, they are built well (and many of the axle/frame issues have been addressed in the last few years.

If I could special order a house, I'd make sure it was spray foamed and on a galvanized hydraulic frame.

Posted on: 2/22 16:39:16
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Re: Proud Grandpa
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Congrats! Only a short while and you'll be posting photos of his first fish.

Posted on: 2/21 10:17:44
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Re: Maple sap?
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I think it's definitely worth it. It should be running pretty good towards the end of the weekend with the projected temps.

Posted on: 2/14 9:47:32
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Re: Pole on rattle reel setup??
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The easiest and cheapest that I've found is using a mounted rod holder and wrapping the line around a small spring with a bell. When the line goes down it bends the spring and eventually the spring releases and shoots up and down, ringing the bell. It costs about $5 to make one.

Posted on: 2/13 10:47:41
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