Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 26th – 28th 2014

Wednesday we had very strong W-NW winds and the snow started drifting again, except this time they got pretty hard with the cold that accompanied the wind.  The Tullibee Road held up well and Friday afternoon I opened it up for so fishermen can come out and try for Perch and Tullibee this weekend.  It is plenty wide and has no water on it so it’s really good going considering how much snow is out there.

I have branch roads across the fishing spots so it will be easy to get off the road and set-up. I might have to plow some spots for wheelhouses if the show up, but if you are planning on bringing one please call ahead.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

February 24th, 25th 2014

Not much to report about fishing.  No fishermen have been up the past two days.

Yesterday we got the last of the houses off, went thru the rentals and got them ready for summer storage.  All that is left on the lake is road signs and road stakes that I’ll will get when the weather warms.

We have roads out to the “Tullibee Hole” and the “Bowl” so maybe when the cold breaks someone will come up and give it a try.

Ticket holders for the tournament that was canceled should call the office and confirm holding them over, or request a refund.   The TWP/Lybacks Tournament will be Feb 28th, 2014.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

February 23rd, 2014

All we have let out there are three houses after today, and I’m glad about that.  Once again the wind picked up bringing in colder weather and after last night colds the drifting continued.  The  drifts are getting harder and heavier and the next couple days when the cold gets to the ice there is going to be more flooding.  There is a lot of ice out there, but there is a lot of snow too.

The date for next years Lybacks/TWP Tournament is set for Feb 28th, 2015.  Those that had tickets for this year need to call the office Monday and Tuesday to keep there ticket for next year or request a refund.  Names, addresses and phone numbers are needed for that either way. (Refer to Feb 21st 6 pm’s blog for more info).  I had a tough time with making the call last Friday afternoon and I’m sure there was disappointment and frustration by many.  At the same time I was not going to have an event that a lot of fishermen wouldn’t have made it to because of bad roads and weather and forfeited the ticket.

It was one of the worst winters weather wise that I’ve seen since 81-82. In fact it reminded me of some of them in the late 60’s when I was a kid.  I don’t know how my Dad made it thru some of those years…. The only one that topped all was the blizzard in 1975 which only a few remember now.

With the early ice, then heavy snow delaying our early start, the constant snow and wind every couple days with lots of cold weather, the slot-limit regulation and negativity brought to the lake because of it. Made it a hard one for Cindy and I, and it will take a year or two to recover but we’ll still be here. Next year I’m hoping some of the Perch will be more “keepers” and get fishermen to come to Mille Lacs again like they used to in the winter.

I’m going to be keeping roads out for Perch and Tullibee as long as the weather permits.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

February 22nd, 2014

Today we opened up roads and started getting the houses off.  The wind had subsided in the a.m. but after lunch it picked up again.  There is a lot of snow out there and if we get our traditional March snows it will be probably the most I’ve seen since 1981-82.

I plan on keeping the road to the “Tullibee Hole”  and the “Bowl” as long as the weather permits.  There was some pretty good Perch catches at the “Bowl” before the storm.  Maybe the Tullibees will go as the weather warms also.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

 

 

 

February 21st, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Due to the weather and ice conditions we are going to cancel the TWP/Lybacks Tournament tomorrow  (Saturday, Feb 22nd).  After spending the day getting those out there off and seeing what’s happening out there it is the best thing to do. The wind is forecasted to continue and even if it dropped we would not have a lot to offer for places for people to fish and almost everywhere there would be flooding.  We had 10 inches of snow and with the wind we’ve had it looks like “whitecaps” out there.

I am contacting vendors that we purchased prizes from with the entry fee money about returning most of them and I’m sure we will be able to send some back, but will end up keeping some over for next year.

As far as entry fees, there will be two options. Starting Monday you can call and request a refund, or call and save your ticket for next year.  We have names and phone numbers of all contestants but will need an address to send refund to so make sure you call on Monday or Tuesday so we can get the process going.  For those that want to carry it over to next year we will start a new book with name, address, phone, ticket number and amount paid. It would help if some do that to help pay for some of the prizes we can’t return.  We will pack them away and use them next year.  It’s the first time in seventeen years since the beginning of TWP Tournament it has happened, but I want everyone to know it is for the best this time.  I’m not going to have people out there struggling to have what is supposed to be fun.

Rental customers for this weekend we are going to have to cancel completely. So basically we are done.  We are going to concentrate all our efforts to get houses off before the colder weather comes later this week and things get even tougher.

Private customers we are done also, if you can make it up this weekend to get your house ready to go that is all you are going to be doing.  There is a lot of snow around the houses and the sooner we get them out of there without drilling holes the better.  If you can’t make it up, call the office and and let them know what has to be put down inside, because they are coming off asap. Those who come up tomorrow to get their houses ready to be pulled can stay in their houses in the storage lot overnight if they would like.

Sorry it had to end this way, but I guess the way it has been going all year it figures..I had a feeling something like this was going to happen….We will start over again next year and go from there. One thing I’ve found out thru all the years out there and I’ve had a bunch of them…., There is a time to go and a time to stop. And this is one of the few times to stop.. It’s not like having a big snowstorm in early January with more cold weather coming.  We might have a few days of cold this coming week. But in March, warmer weather and snow is coming and slush won’t freeze anymore…

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

 

February 21st, 2014

Yesterday at noon and until midnight we received approx 8 inches of snow,, maybe more.  the winds were blowing from the NW by dark and I sure there is going to be considerable drifting out there. As soon as the winds drop some we will be getting out there and getting things opened up for the weekend.

The TWP/Lybacks  Tournament is still on so those that entered should do their best to get here tomorrow and register and participate.  Prize money has been spent for prizes, so there will be no refunds. If there are prizes left over because of not enough participants, we will put them away in the trailer and next year we will just have more to give away.

Private house owners must contact the office or get here and get their house ready to pull.  We are going to get them off the lake starting Sunday and hopefully done by Tuesday before we get more snow.

What a year this has been………

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

February 20th, 2014

The warmer weather has seems to help fishing out there some.  Nicer sized Perch and the Walleyes are definitely in shallow at night.  Some nice ones have been caught.

Today  thru tomorrow we we are forecasted to get snow.  We were in and advisory, but now are one the edge of a winter storm warning.  Hopefully it won’t be too bad.  We have had enough out there this year.

Private house owners must come up this weekend and get their houses ready to pull or call the office and make arrangements for us to get them ready.  We will be starting to pull them Sunday as they leave and Monday with no exceptions.  I’m not leaving them out any longer.

The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is going on as planned and the weigh-in will be held in the storage lot to stay out of the cold and wind this year.  Every contestant will need to register at the office and sign the waiver sheet or they will not be eligible for the Tournament. Office hours will be 7am-8pm  Fri and 5am to 8pm Sat.   I should have a prize list and tournament rules to hand out also.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy

 

February 17th and 18th, 2014

Monday and Tuesday the weather moderated and the fishing picked up.  Seems that the bigger  Perch were becoming more active also.  We  are moving houses  for the last weekend and we’ll see how they do.
The Lybacks/TWP Tournament is Sat Feb 22nd.  7:00 to 3:00.  Weigh-in and festivities  will be in the storage lot for the houses.  It is cleared off, there is  plenty of room for parking and it will be out of the wind as the weather after the snowstorm Thursday going back to cold.  Everyone must sign in and register at the office before fishing.  That can be done Friday or early Saturday am. before the Tournament  Office will be open at 5:00.  Prizes will be given out for The Biggest, The Smallest, and the “one in the middle”  They have to be game fish typical to Mille Lacs and must be within  Mille Lacs special Regs to weigh.  You can weigh as many as you want, but can only register one  fish for the contest.

Today we are getting ready for the snow storm coming.  It looks like we will be on the west edge of it which would be nice.  We just don’t need anymore out  there.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

 

February 16th, 2014

Saturday and Sunday some fishermen did ok with the fishing and others not.  More Walleyes were caught Saturday night, mainly on the rock and little Perch dominated the caught during the day Sunday.  Shallower reefs seen Northern action both days.

Sunday late afternoon the barometer started dropping and we are expected to get 2-4 inches of snow early Monday so I’m thinking the fishermen that stayed over  will see some good action.

Getting ready for the Lybacks/TWP  Tournament next Saturday from 7:00am- 3:00pm.  Still undecided where the weigh-in/prize drawing will be  yet.  Still watching the weather.  One fishermen brought up a good question yesterday that concerned rules.  #1, any fish brought in to weigh will have to be  within Mille Lacs Special Regs.  ( Which means Walleyes can only  be weighed between 18-20 inches).  (Also 33″ to 40″ Northern Pike cannot be weighed either.)  And the question of if a contestant can have multiple  weights, for example one in each category. You will be able to catch what ever you want and bring it in to weigh, but you will only be able to record one for the contest.  Basically one fish per contestant. It should be a fun tournament.

Keep a Tight Line!!

Eddy

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February 15th, 2014

Friday night Full Moon did the trick in shallow water.  Walleyes were there if you were in the right spot.   During the day was the typical lots of Perch and pick thru them for some keepers.  Last evening at about dusk, the baro shot up and about and hour of Waleye action was enjoyed by some.  One house reported catching 5, although all could not be kept.

I’m watching the weather closely for next Saturday Lybacks/TWP  Tournament to decide whether or not to have the weigh-in on the lake or not.   If it’s snowing and blowing we are going to have it on shore back in the storage lot where we can be out of the wind.  There is plenty of room for parking  and it’s already cleaned off waiting for the houses to come in.

Keep a Tight Line!

Eddy