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Today I went out in search of some crappies! I found 6 inches of ice. I started in shallow and worked out to 26ft on my first spot. I ended up on a few crappies and sun fish that would not bite so then I decided to move on to a different spot on the lake. I augured around 30 holes until I marked fish. I set up and could not get them to bite. It was now late morning around 10:30 a.m. so I was thinking they might of shut down. I got out of the portable and did some hole hoping and about 8 ft. from my portable found a hot hole that produced. Crappies ranged from 8.5 inches up to 13 inches. 2 of the small crappies would not swim back so they ended up in the bucket. I will be heading out tonight again tonight to try get some video footage and see how the prime time bite is.

early ice crappie bite


We Set up on Upper Red Lake for Walleyes on 8-9 inches of Ice. We fished from 7.5ft of Water and worked our way out deeper into 10.5 ft of Water. We had a front push in with 30+ MPH winds. Luckily the thermal otter portable ice house stayed plenty warm! The bite was slow during the day. The bite definatly turned on at sun down. This is why Red Lake is such a great lake for using sleeper houses. The bite is fantastic after dark. Fish that we caught were all above 15 inches the biggest being 19.5 inches. We had one nice Pike come through that was caught and released. Red Lake is making some good ice. I talked to a few other outfitters and resort owners and they seemed to think the accesses may be allowing Wheel Houses out Thanksgiving weekend! I will be heading out in search for Crappies tomorrow and will post a report from the Annandale area lakes. Check back soon!

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Most lakes have locked up in the Annandale area should have walkable ice by this weekend. Always remember early ice you must check the ice as you go. I will be heading up to Red Lake on 11/19/2014 to provide a live fishing report so stay tuned for that. On 11/20/2014 I will be after some pan fish. Pictures and video to come within the next 48 hours.

This season we are also offering spear house rentals. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call. For those of you wanting to get in on that early ice Red Lake Bite please contact me direct on my Cell 320-310-9089. For those of you venturing out be safe and remember to wear your Ice picks!


I was out driving around today watching some of the ice formation. Soon we will have walkable ice! I will be providing ice reports daily and soon first ice fishing reports from the Annandale area to Red Lake and Lake of the Woods! Check back soon! Check out this photo from last season many more to be caught! 28 inch Walleye caught and Released!

28 inch eye