Today’s Top 5
The Hunchback of Winnipeg. Tomasz B. caught this stout 29″ greenback on a 1/4-oz Fintech jig/minnow in 20 ft:
Jordan M.’s 12-lb Bay de Noc giant, popped her on a glo perch Northland Puppet Minnow:
14.94-lber caught by Tim F. near Woodruff, WI. Looks like it was pulled right off that wall — guessing that’s exactly where it’s going:
Jason Mitchell with a chunky Devils Lake torpedo caught on a Clam Speed Spoon:
Noxon Reservoir, MT MONSTER caught by Nathan S. At 34.6 lbs just a couple lbs short of the ‘Big Sky Country’ record:
World’s largest ice fishing contest POSTPONED.
Is this a big deal? Yes. When 13,000+ anglers attend the Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake in Nisswa, MN each year and this year there’s not enough ice to hold it — yet — it’s a big deal. Here’s a typical turnout:
That’s 34,000 holes! Amazing what 50 Strikemaster augers can do in just 4.5 hours:
WalleyeDan says there’s 7.5-13.5″, short of the 20″ the local sheriff mandates. New date: Feb 6.
Do you think the defrost will help?
Erie hasn’t frozen over yet, but everything around it has!
Cool.2. SD: Mobridge ice walleye winners.
Jan. 9 on Lake Oahe. Team of Caleb Martinmaas of Pierre and Mike Hogg of Faulkton won with six walleyes for 11.4 lbs.
> A Watertown team won the first SODAK Ice Fishing League tournament on Jan. 10 at Piyas Lake. The league is a two-person, team-based perch tournament series in northeast South Dakota.
> Grant Wirkus and Jeff Wirkus took first place by weighing in their tournament limit of 10 perch at 6.78 lbs.
In Feb because of ice concerns.
Great segment from Ice Force pro John Grosvenor for those in the southern half of the Ice Belt.
> The average cost is about $1,000 if YOU simply fall through and require help getting out. You can expect 10X that amount if it’s your machine breaking through instead.
Make sure you note the special code for Target Walleye/Ice subscribers!
In Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River drainage (UT/WY) where they are considered an invasive species — “a voracious predator that eats sport fish that would otherwise be available for anglers to catch.”
St. Louis River & Lake Superior, June 3-4.
> Ice fishing remains good during cold snap of -24! Some ice roads allowing midsize and smaller vehicles out on the ice. As always, stay on the marked resort trails.
> On the south shore, most fishing in 24-31′. Gold, glow red, pink, glow white and orange hot colors. Some anglers downsizing presentation for success. A mix of walleyes and saugers with a few eelpout and sturgeon. Many limits with a few trophies. The current cold snap will continue to build ice with 9-14′ of ice reported where resorts are traveling.
> The Rainy River is iced over in most areas but not safe overall. For safety, work through resorts. Some locals out on ice but they know exact conditions. Safety first. Most anglers fishing the lake.
> Up at the NW Angle, good fishing reported. Snowmobile trails to south end of lake are open. Resorts are on fish. Good bite with limits in 20-27′. Jumbo perch, pike and eelpout in with walleye and sauger mix. Some crappies being caught on Ontario side.
Resort listings at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
> The fishing has been good on Devils Lake. We are seeing ice conditions anywhere from 7-11″ throughout most of the lake. There are still some spots that have a spotty 4″ so be very cautious when venturing out on the ice.
> The bite has been good, lots of people are finding perch throughout the lake. The walleye fishing has been pretty consistent. Some are finding walleyes shallow while others are finding them in 25-35′. Find good structure or hard contour lines and start drilling!
> Best methods have been using various types of jigging spoons tipped with a minnow head. The colors vary from day to day but orange, pink, and red have been working fairly consistent. With this cold front over the weekend the walleyes were preferring a slowed down cadence while jigging. Keep trying different colors.
From Ice Force pro Tony Roach:
This is also happened on Mille Lacs…serious envy….
5. MI: Bay de Noc.
Ice Force pro Paul Tomaszewski:
“Got on some walleye on Little bay de Noc in Escanaba this weekend. Great tip up bite in 20′ using 4″sucker minnows. Biggest was 29” with plenty in the mid 20’s.
Also got ’em on Rapala Jigging Raps #7 in firetiger.”
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