1. SD: We lost another fishing brother.
Two broke through on Lake Whitewood near Lake Preston and unfortunately one wasn’t able to get out in time. RIP fishing brother.
2. WI: Pair rescued off Green Bay.
The ice they were on broke off and carried them into open water:
> “Brown County sheriff’s deputies were notified about 1:25 am that the men were about 300 yards off Volk’s Landing and were drifting farther from shore. When deputies arrived…the men were more than 1.5 miles from land….”
3. UT: Park Rangers save man from East Canyon Reservoir.
> “One of the men who was fishing with [him] attempted to help but fell through the ice as well, multiple times.”
There’s literally been dozens of these type of rescues over the last couple weeks, and they don’t all have happy endings.
Please be safe/patient! Just because you see someone else out on a lake, does NOT mean it’s safe…gotta take the extra time to check the ice conditions for yourself.
4. #WalleyeWars: Lake of the Woods vs Devils Lake.
Kicks off tomorrow at 9am! Joe Henry (Lake of the Woods, MN) and Tanner Cherney (Devils Lake, ND) will be going head to head live on Facebook — from 250 miles apart — to see who’s favorite lake can kick out the most/biggest fish thru the ice:
> “The two will air continuous Facebook reports with Lake of the Woods at the top of the hour and Devils Lake at the bottom of each hour, from 9am to 4pm.
> “In addition to fish-catching, Facebook fans will learn significantly more about each lake’s fishing tactics, where to go, what to do, how to schedule a trip, guide services, lodging, history, and much more.”
Don’t worry, your boss will be watching too…. #ProductivityLevelZero
5. Abu Garcia and Berkley newest NWT sponsors.
For sure a good fit. There’s barely any Berkley Flicker Shads left for the rest of us after the NWT pros come through town. #Dibs
6. MB: Is Lake Manitoba the next Lake Winnipeg?
Some think so. Lake Manitoba (2-ish hours west of Lake Winnipeg) has been kicking out quality fish and is starting to show up on people’s ice-fishin’ radars.
Local stick Jim Price has landed 8 “Master Angler” walleyes (over 28″) in the first couple weeks of the season. Says he hasn’t fished deeper than 10′ in 2 years!
More Lake Manitoba info in this Hooked Magazine write-up, including: access points, presentations, quality of fish, and a bonus fish-taco recipe (thx Don!).
IMO Lake Winnipeg isn’t going anywhere…reminds me of Mille Lacs where even when numbers are down, you still have a crack at the biggest fish of your life.
That said, I’ll definitely be making a pit stop at Lake Manitoba — for at least one day — when I’m up snoopin’ around Manitoba Jan 11-17.
7. MN: 21′ Ice Castle stolen in Little Falls.
Straight off the lot at Monahan’s Marine. Whoever done it has big stones and an even smaller brain because…
“A video of the incident shows a Ford F-150, made between 09-14, hooked up to the fish house before driving off the lot…at about 5am Dec 28.
> “The stolen fish house is a 2019 Ice Castle Outlaw Edition, 8′ x 21′, tandem axle, gray with black diamond plating along the bottom…has a Berkon frame with the number 1824580 stamped on it.”
8. ID: Lake Cascade jumbo perch numbers dropping?
You know the name ‘cuz it routinley kicks out GIANTS…talking jumbotrons up to 17″ [shocked emoji]. Game and Fish says the main food source for perch is smaller perch, which makes the population and size structure cyclical by nature:
> “Because there are fewer 7-10″ perch to replace the big perch being harvested and dying of old age, the number of perch larger than 10” will decline over the next few years.
> “But as the number of big perch declines from old age and angler harvest, predation on small perch is also reduced, which allows more smaller perch to become the next generation of jumbos.”
9. UT: Burbot Bash, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Jan 25-27.
An annual tourney (and non-profit event) to help rid the fishery of the “invasive species and voracious predator that eats sport fish that would otherwise be available for anglers to catch.” They gave away nearly $31K in cash and prizes last year, so getcha ‘pout on!