We are finding 12-14 inches of ice. We have not been any farther than 2.5 -3 miles out from shore. We have found most active fish have been within that first mile of shore. We did a guided outing in the sno bear fished 6 feet of water on out to 11ft of water about 3.5 miles out from shore. Did not catch any fish out deeper just lots of smaller marks look like perch. Set up by one of the old crappie crib clusters no crappies still working on finding them. The guided outing was a great couple to work with. Most fish caught were around that 16-18 inch mark. No perch or crappies all walleyes. We have pulled out all of our houses. We had two rentals in shallower this weekend and two rentals out deeper. The fish are moving out deeper on the east side of the lake. On the North shore we are still finding plenty of fish in the 6 – 7 Feet of water. Pictures below are from this weekend. For our customers reading the reports glow pink and gold gem-n-eye are the go to lure for rattle reels. For jigging JB lures makes a pink and gold glow lure called the weasel. Pick some of them up on your way out. The Sno Bear has been a great addition to our company. We recommend for sleeper ice house rental customers to book a sno bear outing mid day as you will put 2 – 3 times the amount of fish on the ice mid day. We are also adding Garmin Panoptix Into the Sno Bear. This is going to give us a huge advantage when it comes to fishing. Check out the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogVMlcYVcPc
We look forward to getting you on the ice!
Starting off with the ice we are making some good ice the last few days. 10-12 inches of ice. We had a group of 4 guys fishing all week the start of the week fishing was a little slower but picked up. They started fishing in the rain then had a cold front push in and slowed things down. After a day or two fishing picked up. This group of guys had a 60+ fish day. They did have to portable fish to achieve those numbers and move around hole hopping. They said in the ice house they had a few nights with a good night bite. One customer woke up early in the morning and caught a 34-36 inch pike. It has been a mix some days we have a better day bite and some days we have a better night bite. What a great group to work with.
We had Snow yesterday now just a ton of blowing snow. Glad we have some wind to blow the snow off the lake to help the ice making. One group has been on the ice today and yesterday. They have been working hard to get fish with the Cold Front. I am all for the cold weather we need it for making ice. The sleeper we moved out today is sitting on 13 inches of ice. There are still some thin ice and open areas out a few miles from shore. Every location we have been fishing has had 10-13 inches of ice. Averaging 12 inches. We are fishing in by shore and going to continue to until ice conditions improve. We should be putting on around a inch of ice per day. Pictures below are pictures from yesterday and today. We are planning on moving all wheel houses out Wednesday and Thursday.
We had a great weekend fishing! Guided in the Sno bear Saturday 10-4:30. Every spot I checked the ice we found 10-12 inches mostly 12 inches. I had two groups on Saturday one group of 4 guys that did portables and rented a sleeper on shore. The other group was three guys two of them first timers ice fishing. All the way from New Mexico. Those are some of my favorite trips seeing people on the ice for the first time. The Sno Bear made it just an amazing experience. The group with the portables I set them up on a way point caught over 50+ Walleyes in 6 hours. We are offering $100 per group with your own portables to haul out to one of our way points in the Sno Bear and pick up the group 6 hours later from drop off.
The other group in the sno bear lost several fish at the hole along with a fair amount of hook sets. I stopped counting the number of fish we landed once we iced 20 walleyes. All fish on Saturday in the 14-20″ range. No crappies this last weekend. Although I did hear of a guy who got a few. Pink and Gold seemed to be the go to lures. Bait of choice was medium to large rainbows. We managed to pull fish through out the day low light hours the fish hit hard! One highlight the group with portables had a fish pull the pole down the hole then caught it a few fish later. Special thanks to the two groups this weekend.
As of today it is snowing and I mean snowing! We have wet slushy conditions on the ice. We will post an updated report on Wednesday how the ice is holding up. Planning on getting some wheel houses out this weekend. We are going to get blasted with a cold front that is much needed. Not so much the snow for making ice!
The last time we checked we had 10 inches of ice a 3.5 miles out with a pressure ridge that looks like its going to form about 2 miles out. The day temps have been warm last night was 16 Degrees. We do not expect to loose any ice with the warmer days. We are on the north East end of Upper Red Lake and plan on guiding this weekend. Next week a cold front is going to blast in and we hope for more ice and no Snow! Friday afternoon I will do my next ice report.
Over the weekend we had two sleeper houses out. We are on 10 inches of ice and guiding with the Sno Bear. We are going to wait and see how the ice looks on Thursday before putting anymore sleeper houses out. Next Monday and Tuesday we have a cold front pushing in that should make some good ice so hopefully by the end of next week we will be driving on the lake. We are accessing the lake on the NE side of the lake. We went out 3.5 miles checking ice and found one pressure ridge forming out by the old north crib cluster. We will continue to monitor this area or bridge it. The south side of Upper Red Lake has some bad ice and a lot of cracks. We do not fish this area so it should not affect our fishing. The fish seemed to be spread out. The sno bear seemed to put fish on the ice. Every few times we would move and pick up a few more fish. Hot colors Pink and Gold! We look forward to getting you on the ice!
We took the Sno Bear out today on 9-10 inches of ice started marking spots for ice houses. We went our 1.5 miles from shore into 9 Feet of Water. We caught 8 walleyes three over 17 inches so one had to be released. We fished for 3 hours. We have sleeping arrangements on shore for guys who want to portable fish or head out with ATVs or Snowmobile. We are planning on putting our single axle wheel houses out on 11/25/2017 Ice permitting. Walleyes are being caught on Green Glow Stop Signs, Pink glow Geminis and the Pink Glow Frosty jigs. The key to fishing tonight was being mobile with the Sno Bear We had to stay on the move and patients was the key. Every other move we picked up a few more fish. Bigger fish seemed to be in shallower water. We are going to check ice farther out on Wednesday. We are marking our trail with our GPS. Please for those of you heading out by foot or ATV please have a GPS and mark your way back so you do not get lost on the lake. There is no snow to mark your trail.
I checked Ice out to a half mile out from shore and found 6-8 inches of ice. Set up on a few fishing spots. Had schools of shiners under me while pre-fishing. Tried to move a few times to get off them . Caught a 12 inch perch and two 16 inch walleyes that I kept. I fished in 8.5 Ft of water caught them on green glow spoon see picture below. The water is clearing up the fishing is picking up as limits are being caught. We will be back out to check ice on Tuesday and hope to take the Sno Bear out fishing. We are still planning on starting our rental and guiding season 11/24/2017.
I took the boat out for one last time on a lake that just had some skim ice on shore to try out my electronics before I head back up to Upper Red Lake. Managed to catch two 13 inch crappies one twelve inch crappie and two walleyes. Sure made a great dinner. I caught them all using plastic baits and jigging spoons. If i would have picked up some fat head minnows and crappie minnows confident I would have caught my limit. Upper Red Lake has 6 inches of Ice. We are getting all out ice house rentals ready. Hoping to start moving ice houses out after thanksgiving and start guided trips in the sno bear. Our weekends are filling up so if you are booking a rental on a weekend please call and reserve in advance. Pictures below are from yesterdays catch.
Upper Red Lake has capped over 4 inches seems to be the average ice thickness. Some resorts are allowing foot traffic starting this weekend. We are waiting until after Thanksgiving to start guiding and doing rentals. The reports are the water is clearer this year so this is a good thing for fishing early ice on Upper Red. We are still offering 50% off on all rental dates prior December 22nd, 2017 our early ice special. Over the weekend and into next week we should see a few pressure ridges pop up. This year is on track as a repeat of 2014 started on the ice with sleepers the first week in December. As long as we do not get dumped on with snow over the next two weeks we will have some good ice making weather. Below is picture from 2014 on Upper Red! Picture Below is my buddy Zach with a 4 fish limit!