This is going to be a short report! Was out before the storm and caught 9 keeper crappies. Had a customer come out to fish Friday night during the storm and only got one walleye! Marking fish under the house just not committing. We do have one group out on Mille Lacs with the hook and go rental. Ill post another report once I hear from them. We have some snow on the lakes. Now its time for trucks and 4 x 4 vehicles to get around. The snowmobile rentals have been out the last few days and the trails are in good conditions. We do have the lake home rental open here and there. The fishing out in front of it has good sun fish, pike, and large mouth bass fishing. I do have a spot not to far from the lake home rental that is known for big walleyes 20+ inchers only a low light hour bite on that spot.

Check back soon for another report. Wednesday we have a guided outing booked so I will probably post a report Tuesday before I head out with the group I will be doing some pre-fishing. Pictures below are from the crappies I got prior the snow storm. 6-12 inches of snow on the lakes.

Fish are being caught but they are not exactly jumping out of the ice hole over the last few days. Definitely having to work and put some time in to get a few. I always tell customers usually after a few slow days of fishing you can expect the fishing to ramp up over the next few days. We have some snow forecasted and some cold temperatures for Wednesday night! In the Annandale area I am finding 12-14 inches of ice! Sure feels good to be out with the truck getting around. I did a guided outing yesterday and we were targeting crappies. We ended up having 4 walleyes iced, half a dozen crappies. We had crappies and sunfish on the camera along with walleyes but they were tight lipped yesterday so I expect a good bite going into middle of this week and next weekend. Pictured below are from the Annandale area. Had a couple nice sunfish I kept. We are fishing in 29ft of water.

two keeper walleyes

I did have the hook and go rental go to Mille lacs lake they went out of Red door and had anywhere from 12-17 inches of ice. They said fishing was a bit slow a lot of fish would chase but had a tough time getting them to bite off the north end of Mille Lacs. Pictured below is one nice fish they caught!

I also had a group head out to Devils Lake that we outfitted them with some equipment. They were targeting Perch gold tungsten jigs tipped with wax worms was the go to. The walleye bite was a low light hours bite on Green jigs fishing off rocky points with a full minnow. Pictured below is a nice Pike they caught. They mentioned the bite was slow for them also on Devils Lake ND. I expect we will have some good fishing coming up after the slower reports over the last few days!

The last few days sure have been cold and making some ice. Fishing Guide Vinny was out on the ice checking a few spots. He took out his father in law Paco and mother in law Nelly this evening. It’s always fun to see a wife out fish her husband! Nelly caught 9 and Paco caught 2 pictured below! I am now driving out with the 3/4 ton pick up and using hard sided fish houses for guiding also. If you would like to book a guided outing give us a call!

It has not been really busy this week. I have had customers out everyday. I had two of my repeat customers out on Saturday in the small 2 bunk house catch a nice eater walleye, throw back walleyes, couple crappies, Some sunfish, pike that snapped the line this is what I was told by my helper on saturday. Sunday had a father son out fishing and they caught a few crappies and the nice walleye in the picture below. I am set up in 29ft of water with the 4 hole bunk house and have multiple species of fish moving under the house. We are set up off a sunken rocky point that comes up to 12ft of water.

I had some local customers that fished in the Ice Castle Mille Lacs for walleyes and they managed a few for the frying pan. I borrowed them a Vexilar to help them get lines set at the depth they needed to be 6 inches off the bottom. The first day they didn’t have the sonar so I got out the 2nd day and checked the lines and they were 2-3ft off the bottom when should have been tighter to the bottom. This group was in 19ft of water. Talked to a friend who has been picking up a few walleyes here and there. Definitely seems to be a low light hours bite.

Today I had customers hook up to the Ice Castle Mille Lacs to tow to Mille Lacs lake and do some fishing! I expect a report on Sunday from them also.

As far as the ice conditions go I drove the 3/4 ton out to hook up to the Ice Castle sure felt good not having to use a four wheeler. The spots I have been checking have around 12 inches of ice and I expect to be seeing 12-14 inches of ice this weekend. We have little to no snow on the lakes in the Annandale area this is speeding up the ice making process. Give us a call if you want to jump in a heated fish house or do the Hook and Go with the Ice Castle. We are more than happy to point you in the direction that has favorable ice and good fishing! We also have some guys that we rented a Garmin Panoptix to that went out to Devils Lake to chase some perch. I look forward to hearing the report and seeing some pictures Sunday!

25 Inch Wallye Still swimming in the lake!

Happy New Year! We have had some crazy weather rain, snow, sleet, and back to snow! The rain took the snow off the lakes so there is little to no snow on the ice in the Annandale area of the state! This is good for Ice Making. I checked the ice and found 8-12 inches of ice mostly 10-12 and I expect with little to no snow the ice making shall make some progress over the next week! I expect to be seeing a few cars driving out on the lake in the next few days. As far as the ice conditions up on Upper Red Lake most resorts have closed the accesses due to flooding on the ice and opening back up the ice roads. I am seeing some reports from lake of the woods. It seems the reports I am seeing from Lake of the woods the ice roads are holding up well and open for business.

Fishing has been good. The best crappie bite has been from 3:30-6:30 early evening. The walleyes have been moving out deeper into 26-29 Feet of water during the day and moving back into 16-19 Feet of water during the low light hours. We have our small guide shack two bunk sleeper house out on a crappie spot that has been producing some nice crappies. Tungsten jigs tipped with Wax worms and crappie minnows have been working well. While the camera was down in the house we have walleyes, crappies, small mouth, pike and sunfish all moving under the house.

If you would like to book a guided outing or a rental please call! Leave a message if we do not answer as I am most likely out on the lake or doing snowmobile rentals.