Now that the walleye and pke season are coming to a close it sure will be fun to get a big group together for the end of the hard water season. This is a open invetation to all. Bring your hard houses or just come for the day. I have started a note book to give me a idea of who coming.Don’t miss out and do not beleave theres no crappies left. I will be having my son Joe post pics of the crappies I see caught. This will be the time to get that wall mounter as its hard to tell if there any little scuffits coming up the ladder. I think there are but only time will tell
We are having a fishing get together chasing the elusive red lake crappie. These fish are highly edgucated and we need a army to find them. we willbe serving up coney while we pepper the lake march 21rst, We also have a few great gifts to give away. If you need lodging we can set you up or bring your hard house. Tony and brian both caught one last night so theres still a few around Just give me a call 218 556 6197
Here we go again. Don and his crew of 10 were some great guys and said they will be back next year. They did not take home limits but got enough to have a fish fry.
Dewey and his crew of 8 also had some action but it was on the slower side. They also enjoyed there stay and I’m sure will be back next year. They had a great meal of barbecue venison and cole slaw for me Friday evening when I was doing the rounds and after not eating all day man did that hit the spot. Alaska did real well as well as California. Both those house were in closer to shore. Alaska caught a crappie as well as Florida.
A few big pike were lost with one over 36 landed yesterday. Kellie and I were visiting her cousin and she was jigging Chris’s rod when a very large pike ripped the rod right out of her hand. Down the hole it went. When I lowered Jeff’s camera down I saw the rod of the lake floor and turned to see the pike. He then took off and the rod went flying by the camera man did we laugh. They ended up tagging into the same pike the next day .They had him up to the hole but he broke off. The bright side is they did catch the line in the process and got Chris’s rod and reel back.
Bob and Jacky fished old Minnesota. I made them burrito’s Saturday night and man were they good. Jacky caught two big walleye and one was over 24 inches not sure how big the other one was but they caught enough fish to take home a meal or two. All in all another good weekend, the rain made a mess of things and now everything is rock hard from the cold temps. We have some tough work ahead of us this week as again Mother Nature has showed us not to look the other way.
It’s hard to believe that walleye and pike will be closing in a little over a week. From the road traffic I have seen this year we have not even come close to denting our quota. Were making ice as I type and the game fish season is winding down. Mother Nature has kicked me in the face all year but that’s nothing new. I had Jake try a new area Friday and he was told if he wanted to fish there he should buy Hudec’s.
That put an idea is his head and he wants to look at buying something on the north shore. He really has fallen in love with the area and is becoming a very good friend. He says his son Gabriel was conceived while camping on the shores on upper red lake and it’s in his blood now. Must of been one of those days when it was to windy to fish.
I will have a full fishing report from the weekend tomorrow but the fishing again was decent Friday and as the temps dropped the fish quit biting. Spence and John had 7 crappies yesterday afternoon. I will get a pic and try to get them posted on the internet. They had to work for them but feel it was well worth
it. I met them three years ago when I offered half price if you bring a kid fishing. That worked out well so I will offer that again the rest of the ice season. Bring a kid fishing and my houses are half price the rest of the ice season. Were not throwing in the towel and will be pursuing crappies the rest of the ice season. I have to hit the lake now and auger some holes.
The Greek will be up today and we will keep working out the details. Spence and John were out last night and managed to find more then one of the elusive but still catch able upper red lake crappie. Jake also was out somewhere scouting and I will track him down today. Making the rounds last night Dwayne had one. We thought we found a great spot but it turned out to not be so good and we moved the house out of that area yesterday. Oh well I will have to scout another area a little further out. I will also find out where Spence and John were fishing and we will see if we can get to that area in the future.
Lee thanks for the offer on the gift certificate do you think you can make it up that weekend? Jerry the Coney king is up with his tow behind and I will be talking to him later today.
This is going to be a good time to fish with a group and have some fun on the lake fishing as a team. Finding the elusive red lake crappie can take hundreds of holes but all of a sudden you land on that one spot and its amazing watching those slabs come out of the same hole. I plan on having the houses out about 5 miles so the chances of landing a crappie or two out there during your stay is not out of the question.
I drove blue thunder home last night. Everything seemed ok but I will slowly feel her out before I put her into full time action.
**THE LAKE HAS SOME RUTS AND WILL BECOME QUITE BUMPY AS EVERYTHING FIRMS UP WITH THIS COLD WEATHER**
Yesterday we punched a road into a new area that no one has fished. Even though it’s off limits that’s where my guys wanted to fish.
All the houses are now on new spots for the up and coming weekend. I have plenty of holes to auger this morning and will finish banking the houses.
I sure wish I could get along with all the outfitters up here as it would make things so much easier. Oh well I have tried over and over but all I do is ruin the fishing for everyone else. It’s hard to believe I have fished this lake 43 years. The first fish I ever caught was off Blanchard’s dock on the first cast in the river. All of my grand kids have caught there first fish here as well. Kinda cool that we are up to 6 generations fishing on red lake.
This is the weekend we do smothered burritos in old Minnesota for Bob and Jacky I hope the smell of the sauce drives them crazy as it simmers on the stove all day tomorrow. My mouth is watering all ready. Deuwy and his crew will be up and they are always a fun group. Kellie’s sister rolls in Saturday and they are a lot of fun all so.
John and Spence will also be here this weekend. I always enjoy visiting with them as it’s so great to see a son and dad that love to fish together. Jake is hosting some diehard fishermen in Idaho and Utah.
Well better get to work.
Things have not went so well with blue thunder as we tried to install the transfer case outside in the rain it turned out we had a transfer case fro a automatic not a manual. Oops.
Not all was lost as we have another coming A little expensive but what do you do.
Yesterday we spent the day moving houses with the red barn and it went really well. The system my cousin Pete and mentor taught me worked well. We should have all the houses on fresh spots for the up and coming weekend.
Ed, Bruce and Ken went home with 8 keepers and really enjoyed their stay in Florida. Rob, Bob and Bobby were in Idaho and we moved them yesterday to see if they could have a little better fishing. Talk to Derrick and Jake and I suggested to them to try an unfished area as they had a sled. Jake called to thank me as he said they landed 80 walleyes yesterday? Of course when I ask where they fished it was a secret. What’s up with that I gave them the clue, Oh well they must be planning on coming back. Time to get to work. Still looking for fishermen for our crappie hunt.
Here are some of the details. Saturday the 21rst of March we will be hitting the lake looking for the mother load. I plan on having most of our houses still on the lake depending on Mother Nature. 30 dollars a night will cover a bed. We plan on fishing and being mobile all day into the evening on Saturday. We will be serving up Duluth‘s famous Coney’s at some point during the day. Once we have an idea we will order up the food. Westwind, Bearpaw and Agassiz may also have lodging on or off the ice. I also know of a few other cabins. The 30 dollars per person is for my houses and cabin. Who knows you might even catch a crappie or two out of a house. It has been known to happen. It should be a great get together and I will be giving away a day of guided fishing out of our 20 foot tyee this summer. The Greek says he will also take some one fishing in Alaska in his boat if you happen to be in the neighbor hood. I believe we will catch some crappies as we pepper the lake.
We will see if we come up with any other gifts to give away but wanted to get this rolling to see how much interest there may be.
Rereading my post the fishing was a little better then that there were some fish caught that were to big and two small. There were also some line snappers and a 33 pike landed. They also marked fish that would not bite. I have not seen a skinny walleye all winter they sure look like they’re feeding good and maybe that has something to do with all the lookers or sniffers.
I made some calls and have a transfer case coming up this morning as long as I did not damage the driveshafts we hope to have her back on the ice by this evening. I still never found a parts truck. It sure would have come in handy right now.
I also got from a very reliable fishermen and friend that he landed 8 crappies Saturday night. It was an area I had my eye on earlier in the season. There has also been some good walleye fishing close to shore. An old timer I met last Thursday that does not fish anymore said if he was fishing he would be in 7 feet of water. Very interesting.