Big Pine Lake Fishing Report (January 1, 2016)

Big Pine Lake Fishing Report (January 1, 2016)

What a beautiful morning to be on the lake! Unfortunately, the fishing wasn’t as good as the weather. After drilling 30 or so holes up and down a breakline from 12-30 FOW, we only found a couple of perch. After several moves and dozens of holes later, we decided to call it quits on Big Pine and move to another nearby lake. In 6-8 FOW, we were able to find a few pike and perch on the second lake, but the fishing was still slow. I talked to a conservation officer on the lake who said that most of the anglers she had talked to also reported slow fishing. Continue reading “Big Pine Lake Fishing Report (January 1, 2016)”

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Leaf Lake Ice Fishing Report (December 22, 2015)

Leaf Lake Ice Fishing Report (December 22, 2015)

Despite 25+ mph wind, we got out on Leaf Lake near Audubon, MN on Tuesday. We checked the ice thickness every five to ten yards on our way out to the first drop off from the access and there was an even 5-6″ of hard, clear ice. There was one hard-sided spearing house set up shallow and there was one snowmobile on the ice. With that said, the majority of the traffic was people on foot with portable shelters. Always be extremely careful on the ice. Continue reading “Leaf Lake Ice Fishing Report (December 22, 2015)”

Ice May Be On the Way

Last year, I was standing on 8″ of clear ice on November 26th near Detroit Lakes, MN. It’s December 7th and there is still plenty of open water across the midwest. A few smaller lakes have ice, but a layer of snow and a week of daytime temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s has significantly deteriorated conditions.

This week’s forecast does not look much better. Highs will be again in the lower 40s and there is a chance of rain which will further weaken the ice that has already formed. Continue reading “Ice May Be On the Way”

FM Walleyes Unlimited “Angler’s Night on Ice”

FM Walleyes Unlimited “Angler’s Night on Ice”

FM Walleyes Unlimited, Inc., is pleased to announce that its Thursday, December 3rd` meeting will feature Tony Mariotti of Detroit Lakes. Mariotti’s seminar will focus on “Overthinking Fish”. 
 Tony is a well versed fisherman & outdoor educator who is willing to share the most current local tips & tricks. Living in the heart of Minnesota’s Lakes Country there’s never a shortage of lakes to explore. A frequent guest on Jason Mitchell Outdoors & KFAN outdoors “Trap Talk”, Tony is constantly trying to figure out new areas to explore and new techniques to try, in his quest at locating and catching his targeted species.
The event will take place Thursday, December 3RD at the BAYMONT INN & SUITES, Fargo, ND. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Scott Brewer at (701) 388-4408 or Kyle Agre at (701) 429-1242

Walking on Thin Ice

People never cease to amaze me when the lakes first start to freeze in the late fall. As the mercury starts to dip below freezing and the first lakes and ponds begin to lock up, many anglers can’t wait to take their first steps out onto the ice for the season. I’ve seen a few brave (or insane) souls posting photos on social media of their ventures out onto 1.5″ to 2″ of ice from this weekend.

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The Minnesota DNR recommends walking on no less than 4″ of clear ice.

While no ice is 100% safe, early ice can be particularly dangerous because ice doesn’t always form at a consistent thickness across an entire body of water. Higher volumes of water in larger or deeper lakes take longer to cool so they also take longer to form ice. Areas with current such as inlets and outlets of creeks and rivers won’t freeze as quickly as areas with still water. Continue reading “Walking on Thin Ice”

Not Ready for Ice? Get Ready!

Not Ready for Ice? Get Ready!

Cooler fall temperatures are upon us. Most of the trees have shed their leaves across the midwest. Parts of the region even saw a little bit of snow this week. Though there is still plenty of fall left, winter will be here before we know it. With winter comes getting out on frozen lakes, drilling holes, and hoping to pull a fish (or two, or twenty) through them. I’m choosing to take advantage of the nice fall weather this weekend to get my ice fishing gear in order so it’s ready to go as soon as there is safe ice on area lakes. Here are some tips that can get you ready for the coming ice fishing season.

Air Out Your Portable Shelter

IMG_0828At first ice, hard-sided fish houses aren’t practical, so until there is sufficient ice, everyone will be out in portable ice shelters. I recommend airing out your portable ice fishing shack in the spring before you store it to make sure all the moisture from the ice season. Even after doing that, airing it out for an hour or so on a nice day in the fall will help get any musty scent out. Continue reading “Not Ready for Ice? Get Ready!”

Catch ’em All: My Quest to Catch Every Species of Fish in the Red River

Surveys have turned up 86 different species of fish from the Red River of the North. As of now, I have caught 17 on hook and line and a couple more have turned up in my minnow trap. While I don’t expect that I will ever catch all 86 species, my specific goals are muskellunge, lake sturgeon, and black crappie. That would bring my total to 20.