It has been a busy week with the Christmas Holiday and all the family gatherings! I had a customer do a hook and go rental up to Upper Red Lake with our Ice Castle before Christmas. This was the first Ice fishing trip this family has ever done and the first time they have ever been ice fishing! I gave them pointers and told them to give West Wind Resort on Upper Red Lake a try and they did. They fished for two nights and three days. The first day they set up in 8 Ft of water. It was dark out so they did not venture out to far and decided they would wait until the morning and go farther out onto the lake. In the morning they woke up and moved the house out about 1.5 miles and fished in the dirty broken ice and caught fish. I am not sure how many fish they caught total but for the first time ever going fishing for this family it sounds like they did pretty good! As far as Ice goes this area of Upper Red Lake is sitting on 15-16 inches of Ice. Pictures below are from the customers who just got back. Special thanks to the Sandoval family for the business. Also one advantage to doing a hook and go rental is you can go to a fishing destination that has favorable Ice, Fishing, and weather conditions.
I have another customer that left this morning to go to Upper Red Lake. I told them to give West Wind a try also! As far as the ice around the Annandale area I have not been checking ice much as I do not think we have gained much ice. Last time I was out I was finding 8-9 inches of ice. I plan on going out Friday to check a few lakes. We do have our 4 hole guide shack open for $100/day and it is on Walleyes.