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.
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!
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.
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.
Today We had 6 inches of Ice on one of the lakes we guide on. So we took out the Guide shack. I have it set up on a sunken log. We put the camera down and saw three big small mouth bass, a crappie, and I then saw a walleye move in and caught it. This guide shack rents for $100 for the day. Call to reserve your rental.
Well we have had some cold weather this week! Felt good to set the hook ona few walleyes today. I measured 5-6 inches of ice today. I am moving my 4 hole guide shack out on the ice tomorrow and staging it for the weekend. There is about 2-3 inches of snow on the lake. We are getting another inch or two tonight according to the weather machine. I am predicting by the middle of next week we should be around 10-12 inches of ice assuming the snow does not insulate the ice to much. Upper Red Lake is allowing wheel houses out so if anyone wants to rent the Hook and go rental it is ready to go for the weekend.
As far as fishing went today I caught 4 walleyes two keepers a 19 inch and a 17 inch, a 31.5 inch cat fish that was the largest catfish I have every caught while ice fishing was fun getting it through a 7 inch hole, I caught a 19.5 inch small mouth along with a 16.5 inch small mouth, Saw one school of crappies pass by about 3-4 feet off the bottom of the lake. I left my phone at home so couldn’t take pictures of the giant small mouth and the giant cat fish! Anyways the two walleyes pictured below are from this morning! We still have the guide shack open for this weekend. Call to reserve 320-310-9089
Wow it has been awhile since I have posted a report. Looks like we are going to have a long Ice Fishing Season this year. I am going to hold off until after the weekend to check ice as I am going to spend this weekend Bow hunting one last time before I make the big transition into the ice fishing. This Season we are doing things a little different. The last two seasons we guided with the Sno bear. This season we lowered our guided Fishing pricing down to $200 for a half day and $300 for a full day. We will be guiding this season with the following Yamaha Snowmobiles, The 4 hole Guide Shack, and Otter Portables. We have pricing set up for multiple day packages per person also. As far as the Ice Castle Fish Houses at this time I am only taking reservations on our Hook and Go Rental. This House is the one posted in the video. This Ice house is for the family that wants to go to a fishing destination of there choice.
Check back next week for a ice and fishing report!
Well we have the cabin rentals up and running along with the boat rentals. We had a family send us some pictures of some fish. They found some nice crappies, a 34 inch pike and 3 walleyes! They had a great time. Pictures below are from the guest! If you are interested in a cabin or lake home rental let us know!