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Re: March 13-14 Fishing Report-Long Point
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Good fishing with you on thursday Tyler! I guess patience is key!

Posted on: 2013/3/17 10:56
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Panfish Bite (pics)
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Fishing around the area is about the same as it has been for the last few weeks. Sunny high sky days have been the most productive. Warmer temps have been the norm lately making it easyier to move around and locate fish under the sun. Travel is still almost impossible unless you are on a plowed road. Snowmobile travel has improved as the snow has hardened and you can ride on top of it in spots. Spent the other day targeting gills on a lake deep in the bush I found earlier this year and is now acsseible due to snow being knocked down a bit. Fish were out a little deeper on the edge of the basin in that 20-23 FOW range and took some time to get to commit. One thing I noticed was darker plastics worked the best while being jigged very lightly with zero jigging action being the best. Found some decent fish but this particular lake will only get better as we move into late ice patterns.



Cloudy days are still putting out fish as well but using brighter presentations has been working better when the clouds roll in. When the clouds roll in they seem to be a lot less active and donít want to move much at all. Drilling a lot of holes and moving around has been key. Here is my buddy trevor with a nice one.



The bass on the other hand were on the chow and made it tough to target the gills as the bass were pushing them around chasing the smaller gills in the school. What a blast these fish are on light tackle! All bass were released obviously with the season being closed. Here is one of the nicer bucket mouths from the day.


Posted on: 2013/3/5 9:36
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Re: Warm up Report (pics)
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Looks like a pretty lonely sunset.


haha nice and quiet!

Posted on: 2013/2/27 16:34
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Warm up Report (pics)
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Well the last weekend of walleye season was a good one around the area and I canít believe itís already over! Finally some warm weather to enjoy and it marks the last weekend of the season for predator fish! Figure that one out! Snow and slush are still a problem and travel is still a bugger! Sled travel has improved and truck travel can be done but you better have a shovel and be ready to use it! Warmer weather for today and tomorrow should help to knock it down some but them on the flip side we are just looking at slush becoming a problem. My theory on this weather is we are 3-4 weeks behind schedule as to what we experienced last year. This snow and colder weather in my eyes will have this ice around till the first of April no problem. BUT then again anything can happen in March! As for now the 10-day future for cast looks like a few days over 32 but not many with nights getting down to the teens. So in my eyes spring is a long ways out but then again anything can happen. I know one thing for sure, we donít need anymore snow, and with as much as we have received this year march could be ugly!

Walleyes were on the chow this past weekend on a few lakes but took some work to find them and to get them to commit. Deeper breaks during the day on those transitions were key at the base of the breaks. Again, these are areas I have found during the summer months with side scan and laying waypoints all over so I can use these same waypoints in the winter making the searching process a lot easier. And come to find out these fish were right where the waypoints were! This is something anyone can do and has worked for me all winter. Late late in the fall is obviously the best time to do this and can turn a zero fish day in the winter to a 10 fish day just but drilling these small, I mean small transitions out. These transitions obviously vary but the ones I targeted this weekend were in that 23-27 FOW range with every area offering water that was adjacent to a hump or saddle of some kind. Lindy Rattln Flyer in gold and silver was deadly for my buddies and I this weekend.





Crappies are still in a little funk but fish can be found if you are willing to work. Deeper water is still holding fish for the most part. One thing I did notice is the fish I found are starting to work closer to shallow water and I hope they are starting to get into late ice patterns. Obviously every body of water is different but the one I targeted showed signs of this. Upsizing has been key lately for bigger fish. The Foo Flyer has been a very good jig to use fishing above schools of crappies to entice the bigger ones to move out of the schools. Tipping them with a minnow or packing them with waxies has worked great. Flasher return on these jigs is also very strong and makes it easy to keep the gain down to see the separation from the school on the Vexilars.







Posted on: 2013/2/25 20:13
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End of Feb Update (pics)
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Fishing around the area has gotten a bit more difficult with the snow we received a couple weeks ago. Travel is a pain and has been very tough even on the snowmobile. Slush is starting to become an issue on a few lakes and is a pain to walk through in certain spots. Not every lake is like this though, some lakes are just deep with snow and no slush; where as other spots are pretty bad. Whatever warm days and high skies we get seem to be knocking it down somewhat but we have a long ways to go! I donít know how much more ice we will make if any with all this insulation we have on the topside of the ice. Right now we I am measuring anywhere from 20-25 on smaller lakes and upwards of 25-30 on Lake Bemidji. This might change if the snow gets knocked down and we get some serious cold temps but as for now that might be as much ice as we get all year. Still plenty of ice and season left to get on some fish though!

Fishing on the other hand has slowed for me at least but the evening and morning bites are still putting out some decent fish as long as you are willing to move around and work for them as much as you can in this deep powder! Bluegill bite is pretty average right now and the fish have slid out a bit deeper due to low oxygen levels in shallow and weed growth really being chocked out now with sun levels being depleted. We landed on an aggressive school of bluegills the other day that were in 23 FOW and suspended about 5-7í off the bottom. This is very common for this time of year as the water is generally a bit warmer higher in the column and bugs and other invertebrates are roaming higher in the column as well due to these areas being a bit warmer. Down sizing for gills has been key lately. Fish are not very active at all but are willing to bite if you work for them. Lindy bugs and the smallest plastics I own have been doing the best for me. Natural colors have been very good as well. Black and brown have been doing the best with grey and black plastics while trying to ďmatch the hatchĒ if you will. Here is my buddy with a nice one from a lake that we had to access by snowmobile due to the amount of snow. This is just one of big healthy bluegillís we got that day and was released.



Crappies are still over basins and are just hanging out chasing food around just like the gills. Roaming a little higher than the gills and are out in the deeper parts of the lakes. Again they to are looking for this warmer water where the bait is and will only continue to feed pretty heavy now until ice out. Found a pretty active school that put out some very nice fish on a lake that I have never fished before but definitely will be going back to as lake ice approaches. This is one thing I look for this time of year is where will these fish be going late ice to feed. This particular basin is near shore and offers a nice 10-12 foot flat between the basin and shore. This is where these fish will be more than likely come late ice and should really roaming this flat as the bug and other invertebrates start to come out. So next time your on the water look at the basin you are fishing are try and picture in your head where these fish will be in a couple weeks. It will take the guesswork out of it come March. This was a solo mission so all I could do was get a release shot. Again this fish fell to a Lindy Bug tipped with a good-sized plastic!



I canít believe how fast this winter has gone by! This coming Sunday marks the last day of walleye fishing till spring. Pretty hard to believe that its already that time of the year. The walleyes lately have been hit or miss for me and havenít really targeted them that much lately but when I do it seems like there are more lookers than biters. Deeper water off breaks or humps seems to be the best bet right now. Smaller spoons like a frostee have been working well. Tip-ups have also been catching their fair share of fish. I have been running these out deeper close to the bottom with rainbow minnows. Foo-Flyers strapped on these tip ups have been working great as well with more of the natural colors like goldís and silvers. 25-30 FOW has been the best depth in general and obviously moving up shallower towards nightfall. Weather is supposed to warm up this week so get out there and enjoy the last weekend of walleye fishing!



Good luck out there, bring a shovel and a tow strap!

Posted on: 2013/2/21 20:05
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Re: BIG snow report (pics)
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Thanks guys! Glad you find them helpful.

Posted on: 2013/2/12 15:34
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BIG snow report (pics)
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Well, letís just say we got POUNDED with snow and travel is nearly impossible as Iím sure most of you know. I canít even imagine the slush out there right now! Truck travel is a complete wash unless you are on a plowed road. Sled travel would work but bring a shovel. All in all I would stay off the lakes for a few days and if you do feel the need to oventure out bring a shovel and a two strap! I would say we got all of a foot with the foot or more we already had. Use your brain out thereÖ

Now to the fishing, BEFORE the massive front set in, again this report is ALL info that I have from BEFPRE the storm but figured I would post it as I did it last night! Haha

Well, fishing has a little slowed around the area. But, this is not true on every lake, but most lakes have slowed a lot due to the snow, weeds depleting, and oxygen levels going down. There are still a few lakes putting out some nice fish but drilling a lot of holes is a must and with the recent snow this job would not be fun!

My Canadian buddy, and largemouth enthusiast, Jay Siemens recently came down to my neck of the woods and wanted to target strictly Largemouth! At first, I thought he was crazy, but we made it happen and pounded on some largies! We targeted deeper coon tail weeds that were still somewhat green and alive. With this recent snow I would like to think these coon tail weeds are choked out by now. Before this recent snow we had decent weed growth but Iím sure they are depleting now big time. The depths these weeds were in were anywhere from 10-15 FOW and was an area I found this fall while sight fishing on a clear lake. I figured this area would be loaded with Gills and Bass throughout the winter, I guess my prediction was spot on. We used rattle baits like the lindy Darter to call these fish in and they inhaled the baits! These are fish that no one targets through the ice and can be very fun to target through the ice on light tackle! Here is Jay with one we figured that went 5+ pounds and was his personal best bass through the ice!



Here is solid double we got among the many giants we hooked throughout the day! Awesome fightÖ



Crappie fishing has remained solid but is very lake dependent and drilling A LOT of holes is a must to locate these fish. Smaller presentations have been the best hands down as these fish have been very negative lately. Also smaller schools of fish have been the norm and locating these smaller schools means drilling small grids and a lot of holes. Fish are still in basins as weed growth is pretty much choked out and basins are loaded with bugs and bait. 25-30 FOW has been my best depth but people are finding fish in deeper basins as well. Lindy toads tipped with small plastics has been the hot bait while offering slow jigging patterns. Here is good one from last week that was roaming in a small school high in the column.


Posted on: 2013/2/11 21:59
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Re: Area Update (Pics)
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Thanks buddy! Keep catching those eyes!

Posted on: 2013/2/6 16:00
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Area Update (Pics)
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Spent a majority of the weekend searching new water for crappies and bluegills. First couple lakes didnít pan out very well after drilling a lot of holes and trying areas that looked promising. We did manage to stumble upon a few schools of crappies that were somewhat active. The water we targeted was deeper water with shallower shorelines or mid lake structure adjacent. These areas have been holding fish for the last few weeks. This just goes to show this type of mid-winter pattern holds true on almost any body of water and can be translated very easily. We started in the 25-30 FOW range for the crappies and found the schools were moving very fast and roaming a lot. Drilling a lot of holes was crucial to staying on these scattered schools. Lindy bugs laced with a white/clear plastic was again deadly and I have yet to take this combo off my rod all year! Here is my buddy Trapper with a few decent fish from the mixÖ



No true giants were located this weekend but we both had the need to keep a few for dinner. These are just a few of the many we caught and did release a few nicer onesÖ



The walleyes have been a tight lipped lately but we are getting a few a night, its just not what we were used to a few weeks ago. One thing that has been working to entice these finicky biters is down sizing. What I mean by this is instead of using an aggressive bait like a Lindy RattlíN Flyer that makes a lot of noise below the ice, we have been switching to smaller Frostee spoons in more natural colors like silvers and goldís. This really stood out for us a couple nights ago when my buddy was using a small gold Frostee and I using a Chartreuse Flyer and he out fished me hands down. Something to think about as we approach the dog days of winter and it might just put more fish on your line.

Pout have been showing signs to while walleye fishing. My buddy trevor got in on the action tonight and pulled this nice one off of mid lake structure in 15 FOW. This one was FULL of spawn when he cleaned it tonight. It wont be long till they are really feeding heavy! Nice one budÖ


Posted on: 2013/2/4 20:34
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Re: Jumbo's & Eyes
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Best reports on this site by FAR. Good info, great photos, and awesome fish! Keep them coming please..!


Glad someone enjoys then bioguy. BSU could use a few new profs in the Biology department ;)

Posted on: 2013/2/1 12:47
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