Thank you everyone for a great season!

Thank you everyone for a great season! 

Thank you everyone for a great season!  We now have all of our houses off the ice.  There is still plenty of ice on the lake although travel is much better with snowmobiles or 4 wheelers. There are many slush spots and we anticipate that will be the case until the rest of the snow has melted and seeped back under the ice.

We have cabin rental available for those Anglers who want to venture out on their own.

The much anticipated spring river fishing will be coming soon.  We have openings this spring for guided sturgeon fishing.

The current forecast is showing highs into the upper 40’s and lows in the teens for this week.

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We have moved closer to Pine Island and are now around the 4-mile mark North of Pine Island

We have moved closer to Pine Island and are now around the 4-mile mark North of Pine Island

We have moved closer to Pine Island and are now around the 4-mile mark North of Pine Island.  As of today, we have an abundance of snow cover, the forecast for the week shows some daytime highs above freezing which should reduce the amount of snow.  There is still 3-4 feet of ice which will last a considerable amount of days unless the weather is different than the current forecast.

The bite has slowed and its success is with those who are actively fishing non-stop to catch passing Walleye and Sauger.  Electronics are important to have during this kind of bite.  Reminding Anglers to have a noisy lure to work the water column and a lively minnow on a deadstick is also important.

Most days of this week show temps up to 40 and overnight lows in the 20’s.

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Constantly working your lures is important

Constantly working your lures is important

Our houses are situated about 17 miles past Pine Island. The lake is covered with a thick blanket of snow, which is great for planning to have the houses out all of March.  As much as we like the sun we are hoping for an overcast March.

Fishing success has varied, some groups are doing very well, while others are not catching as many.  Constantly working your lures is important.  The Walleye and Sauger are coming by in schools and if you are not giving them a proper presentation while they are going by you will miss them.

With so many options for lures it is almost impossible to say what has been working best.  Stick with typical colors for Lake of the Woods, Gold, Glow colors, things with noise.  When you are at the store trying to decide, use those guidelines and you basically cannot go wrong.  At the end of the day multiple Anglers could prove a different hot lure of the day. The UV colors work well.  Also, it is important to have a sonar style electronics.

This week’s forecast has temperatures between single digits and 20’s above zero.

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Currently we have houses situated from 18-20 miles from Pine Island

Currently we have houses situated from 18-20 miles from Pine Island

Another week of snow and wind!  We will continue on with winter weather. Currently we have houses situated from 18-20 miles from Pine Island.  It is hard to say how much further we will go or which direction at this point.  Once the major winds subside, we may be able to make those decisions.

Anglers are still catching fish, with many slot sized or over being released.  We had a couple of tough days this past week when the wind switched from 25mph out of the South to 30mph out of the North.  As for the season, fishing has been excellent.

With so many options for lures it is almost impossible to say what has been working best.  Stick with typical colors for Lake of the Woods, Gold, Glow colors, things with noise.  When you are at the store trying to decide, use those guidelines and you basically cannot go wrong.  At the end of the day multiple Anglers could prove a different hot lure of the day. The UV colors work well.  Also, it is important to have a sonar style electronics.

The last week of February is upon us and we still have -20’s in the forecast.  According to the calendar Winter lasts until March 20th.

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Great memories are made when you are surrounded by friends and family.

Great memories are made when you are surrounded by friends and family

More great fishing this past week.  Many Anglers send pictures of their catches which are awesome to see and share!  Great memories are made when you are surrounded by friends and family.

Using electronics is still a great benefit.  There are suspended fish coming along at different times of the day.  Keeping these fish to actively chase your bait creates great anticipation and excitement to find out what is on the other end.

With so many options for lures it is almost impossible to say what has been working best.  Stick with typical colors for Lake of the Woods, Gold, Glow colors, things with noise.  When you are at the store trying to decide, use those guidelines and you basically cannot go wrong.  At the end of the day multiple Anglers could prove a different hot lure of the day. The UV colors work well.  Also, it is important to have a sonar style electronics.

The weather forecast is showing above zero temps after tonight for the rest of the week.  We hope that will not bring more snow.

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We continue to spread out around 30’s feet deep in the mud

We continue to spread out around 30’s feet deep in the mud

February starts this week, it’s amazing how time flies.  We are 12 miles or more past Pine Island and still on the move.  We continue to spread out around 30’s feet deep in the mud.  There has been some great action this week.  We have been at a greater than 2-foot mark of ice and using extensions on the augers.  There is a heavy blanket of snow protecting the ice.  This blanket helps protect the ice from expanding or contracting too much, especially in areas with water under the ice.  Shallow areas, or areas closer to shore which are frozen all the way to the bottom are more susceptible to busting up and moving around as the ice expands or contracts.  The areas frozen to the ground do move and bust up regularly, but can at times be dealt with easily.  We have not been using any of our bridges since December.

There has been a lot of small marks on the sonars from 5-10 feet off the bottom.  Mostly these are Tullibee.  Along with the Tullibee come the larger Walleye and Northern when they are feeding.  It is generally easy to get these larger fish to bite if you are lucky enough to have them come across you.  The trick is getting them through the hole, or hoping, if it is a Northern it doesn’t cut your line.

With so many options for lures it is almost impossible to say what has been working best.  Stick with typical colors for Lake of the Woods, Gold, Glow colors, things with noise.  When you are at the store trying to decide, use those guidelines and you basically cannot go wrong.  At the end of the day multiple Anglers could prove a different hot lure of the day. The UV colors work well.  Also, it is important to have a sonar style electronics.

This week is predicted to start mild and maybe have a little snow, then turns back to the below zero temps.

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We are situated about 10 miles past Pine Island

We are situated about 10 miles past Pine Island

Further on we go!  We are situated about 10 miles past Pine Island on Big Traverse Bay.  In addition to the bite, we have been on a search for smooth ice and space to keep our houses progressing along for the season.  January has already provided a good share of snow and wind.  We have been hoping a break will come along soon, although this week it is not predicted. 

With so many options for lures it is almost impossible to say what has been working best.  Stick with typical colors for Lake of the Woods, Gold, Glow colors, things with noise.  When you are at the store trying to decide, use those guidelines and you basically cannot go wrong.  At the end of the day multiple Anglers could prove a different hot lure of the day. The UV colors work well.  Also, it is important to have a sonar style electronics.

January is continuing with temps in the -20’s for some of this week’s overnights and 20’s for some of the days.  It appears this week will also keep the weather vane spinning along with some days predicting to have 25mph gusts.

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7 miles past Pine Island on Big Traverse is where our houses are situated

7 miles past Pine Island on Big Traverse is where our houses are situated

7 miles past Pine Island on Big Traverse is where our houses are situated. 32-33 feet of water is our current depth. We are at or above 2’ of solid ice. 

There are still many little ones, which we love to see.  A reminder, that air bag when fish come up from these depths is not actually an air sack.  It’s their stomach.  Please slowly release these fish.  They will swim away if you spend the time.  The sooner they return to the depth they were pulled from the sooner the pressure on them equalizes.  Do not poke their stomach, it will slowly kill them.

The best success this past week has been from the dead stick using a plain hook.   Orange and glow are great colors.  Another hot item is lighted lures.   As long as the battery doesn’t contain mercury.

This week’s forecast starts in the mid-teens with a small chance of snow then drops down into the negative numbers overnight. Wind seems to be a consistent factor, with some days having gusts up to 30mph so bring your warm clothes.

 

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Five to six miles North of Pine Island in Big Traverse

Five to six miles North of Pine Island in Big Traverse

Five to six miles North of Pine Island in Big Traverse makes for a 30 minute ride to the houses.  January 9th and it seems early to be out this far.  Every year there is more of a push for being further North sooner and sooner.

The bite has had some ups and downs, which seem to coincide with the weather changes.  This past week we have had some days of 30 degree changes, strong winds to none and abundant sunshine to falling snow. We are still catching fish with many little ones continuing to show themselves while Anglers hone their efforts with increased expectations of that big one to hit any moment.

Gold, glow red or yellow are great colors.  Having two rods down provides Anglers the opportunity for simultaneously using multiple tactics, a plain hook on a dead stick while aggressively jigging a noise maker lure with the other is always best.  Electronics are a proven game changer. 

Weather is going to again be a roller coaster this week, with lows one day of -22 and a high of 22 the next, but looking like it will be staying above zero for the foreseeable future starting Tuesday. Hopefully that consistency in temperature translates into a more consistent bite.


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Fishing action remains strong!

Fishing action remains strong!

Fishing action remains strong!  Many fish are being caught from the bottom of the lake, electronics like Vexilar are still a great tool to have and are improving the catch rates.  We continue to see many large fish, Walleye, Perch, Sturgeon, Burbot and Northern.

Typical Lake of the Woods colors are doing well.  With so many new options and UV choices it is hard to not find a good bright shiny new lure to try.  The ice is now over the 18” mark with much of it into the 20” of thickness.

This week’s forecast is showing some up and downs.  Mostly below zero, but some days above with some possible snow on Tuesday and then back to -20.

FISH ON!

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