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Wednesday
Jan072015

Another "Gold Crush"

When it comes to chasing walleyes in the winter, I have invested a lot of time and energy chasing big ones.  I like to refer to them as giant gravel lizards.  The recent outings have been no exception.  We have been catching some big lizards.  These kinds of gold rush trips are what I live for.  Yes, I love to catch a few eaters for the oil as much as the next guy, but I only need 2 maybe 3 nice eaters and I have more then I can eat.  My time, energy, and focus turns to chasing trophys.  All of which we catch, photo, and release back to the lake.  

This fish came in at 28" and was FAT.  It tipped the scales at 9.1lbs and was one of many nice fish we have been able to catch and release on recent trips.   

Jen has also been getting in on some of the great action.  She has put some nice fish in the 24"-26" above the ice for a few photo's before being put back down the hole to fight another fight some day.  I am asked almost daily, "how do you catch big walleyes, and so many of them"?!  Well I am going to clue many of you in ona few guide secrets.

First and foremost, fish a big bait-big live bait(3"-5")!  Big bait seems to get big bites.  I am not afraid to fish suckers, pike shiners, or anything else that is a big minnow.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes big bait catches 14" fish.  I always fish a minnow much bigger then most people would ever think.  Let's be honest, if you are a big fish you need something big to make you feel full.  Plus if they are going to use energy to eat, why aren't they going to want something big with lots of benefits for them.  The next thing I do a lot of is fish 2-3 feet of the bottom.  Some of the biggest fish in the water column will "cruise" for food and getting it higher in the water then you are used to can help.  

Remember this is not a #'s game, this is the pursuit of the biggest walleye in the water.  You have to commit to these giants if you want to catch them.  The next thing I do is catch ALL of these giant fish on hand lines(rattle reel, tip-up).  I always catch these fish on hand lines and believe that if you set yourself up for big eyes you too are gonna want to fish them on set hand lines.  The last thing I do is fish a lot at night at always through the night.  Many of these fish bite in the middle of the night, hence at times why we might look a little sleepy in some of the pics.   

Here is a great example of what likes to feed at night on many of the lakes we guide and fish on.  These two fish fell victim to my set-up and both were over 28".  One was even 29.5" 

Hopefully this helps you catch a fish of your lifetime the next time you hit the ice.  If not, you can always book me for a trip and I will show and teach you what I do to have so much success with giant gravel lizards.  Until next time, Fish On!  

Tuesday
Jan062015

Ice House Rentals

At this time we are no longer booking any ice house rentals for the 2015 winter season, I am full up.  I have had an overwheliming amount of requests.  I just don't have the capacity to rent any more then I am now.  I will still be guiding and that is where I focus my business.  

Thank you to all my customers current and past.  Also appreciate all the interest, just too much for a small operation for a guy like me.  Hopefully you find someone to get you on the ice, or if you are looking to book the ultimate trip with ALL the gear provided then book a guide trip before those are all filled up as well.

Until next time, Fish On!  

Tuesday
Jan062015

Across The Ice Belt

Where haven't we been in the last few weeks.... Winnipeg is about it, and that one was on the list, had passports in hand but we got side tracked.  We have hit the ice belt and pounded on some miles and landed some amazing fish.  It has been the earliest ice we have seen in 15+ years and the fish did exactly what they were supposed to-chew.  

We started on Leech Lake on Nov 19th and found the fish in the typical fall/early ice spots.  We managed to catch lots of nice gravel lizards over 22" and some pushed the 26"+ mark.  The eater size fish also cooperated so we had a few nice fish fry's.  When we arrived in late November we found ice to be about 6-7" on the area we wanted to fish, so we used ATV's, Clam portables, and small wheel shacks to stay on the ice over night.  The best bite was at sun down and sun rise.  The late night bite was also pretty good.  The usual plain hook with a minnow did most the damage.  

From there we headed west in search of some big bellied jumbo perch.  We did spend a few days poking around looking for them, but once we landed on them I can tell you it was one of the most amazing bites I have ever been a part of.  We managed many perch over 12" with some pushing 14.5" or so.  2lb Perch surely do fight hard and also present a great challange.  This trip and experience was one for the record books.  We have been back since, and I will have more info to come.  The best baits have been clam baits tipped with maki plastics.  Yes, we caught most of these fish on plastics!  They work great and allowed us not to have to bait the hook as often allowing us to catch and land more fish.  

As for an updated ice report, I have had many people ask.  Here is what I have for ice conditions in MN, SoDak, and surrounding area lakes.  

LOW- 16-24"

Red Lake - 18-24"

Leech - 14-20"

Lake Minnetonka - 9-16"

Lake Waconia - 9-17"

Webster SD area - 10-20"

Thats a quick report from some recent action.  Will have more in the coming days, until then Fish On!

Tuesday
Dec232014

First We Must Get To The Fish

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Camoplast, a great company with a track product that is a must for myself and many other ice fisherman/outdoors folks.  This means that now I will be able to go places I may not have been able to in the past, we must first get to the fish.  It will take me further, take me to remote places, and get me to the fish.  Not only will I benefit from this partnership and their great track system I will now be able to get my clients to places and fish that once were not attainable.


I have installed my Camoplast atv tracks on a Polaris Sportsman 850HO XP with power steering.  This is the ultimate ice fishing machine.  Now that I got this all installed and have been using it the last few weeks all the snow melted, but that is ok.  These can go on ice, snow, dirt, grass, anything for that matter.  They go and go.  I did install some "dirt bike" style screw in studs in my tracks for the sole purpose of getting some better traction on glare ice.   

It has been on display the past two weekends at Gander Mountain in Eden Prairie and Cabela's in Rogers.  Many people stopped to check it out and ask questions.  As you can see it is the complete machine and will go anywhere I may want to go.  Look forward to a busy winter with the machine and have some great fishing reports/updates I need to get posted.  We have been on the big gravel lizards in a big way.  Until next time, Fish On and Merry Christmas.  If you have any questions in regards to the Camoplast tracks or system please contact me.